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Forum topic by jweisnner posted 01-04-2021 06:54 PM 237 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-04-2021 06:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing kitchen cart butcher block wood stain

Looking for advice on finishing a custom kitchen cart I purchased from a builder in my city.
I know there’s a wood stain on the surface, however small water marks have been appearing since I got it a few months ago.
I’d like to put a coating on the wood to protect it from liquid, especially because I want to prepare food on it.
Wondering what kind of finish I should put on it – and a good way to hide the stains already there?

Sidenote: Im in an apartment so bonus points if this can be done inside!

Thanks all :)

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#1 posted 01-05-2021 04:19 AM

sorry to say, i think whatever finish they used needs sanding. i’d recommend sanding down to the bare wood, then sealing with food-safe waterlox – no more water spots.
are you positive there’s not a layer of veneer on the top?

-- Carol

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#2 posted 01-05-2021 04:24 AM

I’d give Howard Restor-A-Finish a try. No guarantees, but the stuff does work in many cases. For your piece, I’d go with the Cherry color since it’s a little darker and might be more likely to darken those spots to get close to the overall color.

Here’s a short video that might help you decide if it’s something you’d like to try:

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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