I decided to take on a beastly project. I decided to change the stain color. Wow! I was not prepared for the amount of work that went into this process. I think the outcome was totally worth it, but if you're contemplating this kind of project, clear your schedule and expect lots of hours breathing in sawdust from your electric sander. In the end I put on 4 coats of dark walnut stain and 3 coats of satin sealer. It's a totally new look and I'm so excited for my dad to see it in person. It's so classy and elegant.
I had just begun sanding on the top
Inscription from my dad on the bottom that I found after having it for 9 years
The first strokes of stain - I was nervous and excited
The finished product (you can see that I did not do the inside)
Thanks, Dad for a beautiful piece of furniture!