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Topic: Stain MDF/Veneer Entertainment Center from Target?  (Read 734 times)
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« on: April 13, 2006 12:40:08 PM »

Hey all -- I have a question.

Quite a few years ago I bought an entertainment center from Target.  You know,the MDF kind that has the veneer or maybe it's just the paper stuff that looks like veneer covering it.  Comes in a box, but it together yourself.

Anyways, I'm changing the look of my livingroom (all new furniture and rug) and the cherry color entertainment center isn't going to work very well.  I'm wondering if I can just apply some dark mahogany type stain to it to make it darker.  Or maybe some sort of tint or wax.

What do you think?  Anyone else ever do something like that?  Would the surface bubble up since it's wet?  Do I need to sand it first?  Or should I think of a colorwash painting technique with a dry brush instead?

I'm okay if it doesn't look like real mahogany.  I'm okay if it doesn't go on completely even -- I'm all about stuff that doesn't look like it's supposed to.  I just can't afford a new entertainment center with the couch, chair and rug I just bought.  Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2006 12:52:42 PM »

I had a coffee table and end tables from Target like what you are describing.  When they got old and battered after about 10 years and close to that many moves I sanded them  just enough to remove most of the varnish/finish but not enough so the MDF was exposed. Then I painted them with glossy black paint.  They turned out EXTREMELY well.  I was SHOCKED! You could see the faux wood grain and everything! I got another 3 years out of my stuff!

I'm not sure if stain would work since stain typically works with the natural grain of the wood and I'm not quite sure how much real wood/non-MDF is used in ye old Target furniture.  I would think a mahogany colored paint would work. Maybe use thinned paint, a kind of wash?? That way the would grain would show through and you would get the color you wanted?

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2006 12:59:50 PM »

If it's a real wood veneer, it should be stainable. The thickness of the veneer would determine how much you're able to sand off the existing finish, although I wouldn't think you'd be able to do much.

If it's paper or plastic, your better bet is going to be paint. And, while a lot of work, you could remove the veneer, sand down the remaining mdf, prime and paint that as well.

Do you have a photo? Someone might be able to better suggest a color or finish if we could see the place you're putting it.

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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2006 01:36:36 PM »

This may or may not work....I saw a project on tv I think, where someone wanted to stain their front door. It was vaneer or something like it so they were saying stain itself wouldn't work. So they took wood putty and smeared a layer of that on the whole door then sanded it a little and then stained it. It really looked good when they were finished but that might have just been the magic of tv Smiley anyway it may be an interesting experiment to try.

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