Damn it. I was so close. I got all excited about Phase II of my Tree Stump End Table project until about 20 minutes ago when I realized that I’m a moron and didn’t stir the polyurethane/stain combo before slathering it all over my pretty stump.
After spending a fair amount of time sanding my stump (what?), I opened a Tecate, cranked up the KHYI, and started staining/glossing my favorite one. The wood I’m working on has the potential to be beautiful (see arty photos below), but I screwed it all up by NOT STIRRING THE PAINT. I’ve been working with clear poly acrylic on other projects for so long that it completely slipped my mind to stir the gloss/stain I was working with today. The shined wood looked beautiful until the can was about 3/4 of the way empty. I dipped my brush in and salmon colored goo came out. The goo was the settled stain that should have been stirred into the gloss from the get go. Funny thing . . . I just WENT with it out of curiosity, knowing that it would look bad.
Have you ever been really upset with someone and typed a rude email, and just before hitting the “send” button had a moment of clarity where you thought, “You know, I’d better wait and cool off before I send this,” BUT SENT IT ANYWAY????
That’s what I did with the salmon goo at the bottom of the can. I thought to myself, “You know, I’d better wait and slow down before I paint with this weirdness.” I PAINTED WITH IT ANYWAY.
I need to work on that.
Sooooooo, I guess I’m going to let it dry and sand it again and start over with 100% clear gloss. Forget the stain. This wood is too pretty.
Special thanks to Steve for the use of his sander, and to Frank and Zoe for keeping me company.