painting vs. staining cherry furniture

Old 03-10-05, 10:46 PM
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painting vs. staining cherry furniture

I am wondering what my options are to change the color of a piece of cherry furniture--a shelving/storage unit that I have my TV sitting on, with my electronic stuff in the bottom of it behind a sliding door. it is stained a cherry color and does NOT have a laquer finish over it.

can i sand and stain it black? i've read some stuff on painting black and that seems like a nightmare.

thanks much.
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clean all surfaces to be stained, let dry, then stain ebony.
Old 03-11-05, 08:43 PM
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It seems unlikely that your piece of furniture does not have a finish over the stain, unless you finished it yourself. In order to be able to stain it, you will need to remove the finish which entails stripping it.

I have had success painting pieces black. The finish you get from painting is different from the finish you get from staining ebony and finishing. Which approach depends upon the appearance you desire.

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