How I Restored and Refinished my Grandparents’ Piano

Background

This piano has been through three generations of my family! It was purchased by my grandparents in 1970. That is my dad in the Packer pajamas above (quite the rebel). He learned to play on this piano, as did I after my dad inherited the piano from my grandparents.

This piano traveled with my grandparents from Indiana to Florida, and then with my dad from Florida to Illinois and back to Florida, and then with me and my husband from Florida to Wisconsin after we got married. Needless to say, there was quite a bit of wear on it, but it also had too many memories to just take it to the dump.

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How to Mix Oil Based Gel Stain Colors Using Layers

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Oil-based gel stains are great for achieving beautiful hand-rubbed finishes, and their thickness keeps them from dripping, running, or spilling. They might come in a bunch of beautiful colors, but what if you’re still feeling limited? All you have to do is choose any two colors you want, then layer them to create your own custom look! Here’s how to finish a piece of furniture by layering different colors of General Finishes gel stains.

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