But in the meantime, let me share the easiest little makeover on the planet, whose technique can be applied to so many pieces of furniture. It has a modern look that's easy to achieve. Piece of cake as they say. (Is cake easy?)
Start with a simple piece of furniture. Pretty much anything made of plywood is likely to have very simple edges. Here's mine:
A certain stool from IKEA called Frosta is made of flat edge plywood, and is pretty common to find in the thrift shops. Or, I guess, Ikea itself. My stool here I SWEAR is from a daycare furniture set. I worked in daycare for 1,000 years - believe me, I know this stuff. It's super glossy plywood furniture. I found this beast in our local thrift shop, for $1. I'm guessing it was too rough to make it home with anyone else. Lucky me! Just look for something flat, with flat edges. That's the best.
In the spirit of keeping it clean & modern, I painted all the interior legs white.
Up next, Pre-Stain the areas of the stool you're going to stain:
Stain the top & the legs. I have a pile of old T-shirts, and I just cut a good square out and I dip right into the stain. That's my favorite way to stain wood, I'm not the biggest fan of the brush method - but to each their own. Also, the T-shirt way helps you cleanly stain the edges:
Let it dry, give it a coat of your favorite clear coat (I use Minwax Polycrylic, Satin in this case)
OK I'm off to photoshoot the backyard, can't wait to show you! Have a great rest of your week & a wonderful weekend, get out there and enjoy the days before winter hits - yikes!