Mel and I were cruising Craigslist when we stumbled across this fantastic hutch for………….$60! I almost had a stroke when I saw how cool it was and then the asking price. Anyways after feeling came back to my right side of the body I fumbled for the phone and called the seller and Mel and I shot over and picked it up.
As usual with these sort of two piece hutches the top had scratched up the top of the lower cabinet. I knew this would be a quick fix. All I needed was a little fine sand paper, dark walnut stain, some spray polyurethane, car wax & 0000 steel wool.
I like to use Klean-Strip sold at Lowes to strip pieces. I also used it on the ice box from my earlier post. I use a scraper to remove the finish that bubbles up. It would also be useful to have a scrubby to agitate the finish to remove it. It is important to remember that when you use a scrubby on wood make sure you go with the grain of the wood. This stripper is harsh so make sure you wear gloves.
I applied about 4-5 coats of spray polyurethane and then I let it dry over night. When I awoke I grabbed the car wax and my steel wool to clean up the new polyurethane surface.