Reviving Neglected Wood: A Refinishing Project

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The wood on this particular project was of excellent quality, solid and robust, yet it had endured years of neglect without proper maintenance. When our client approached us seeking solutions, we knew it was time to breathe new life into this neglected piece. Our approach involved stripping away the old layers to reveal the natural beauty of the wood, followed by careful refinishing with quality materials to ensure a lasting transformation.

Project Details

Initial Assessment Upon inspection, it was clear that the wood had not been properly maintained for many years. Neglect had taken its toll, leaving behind layers of old finish and grime. The first step was to remove all the existing material to expose the raw wood underneath.

Restoring Natural Beauty We advocated returning the wood to its natural state to showcase its inherent quality. This involved meticulous cleaning and sanding to reveal the true tone and grain of the wood.

Application of Stain After preparing the surface, we applied a carefully chosen stain to enhance the wood’s appearance. This step not only adds color but also provides protection against future wear and tear.

Sealing for Protection To safeguard the newly rejuvenated wood, we applied a coat of high-quality sealer. This not only locks in the stain but also acts as a barrier against moisture and other environmental factors.

Applying Industrial-Grade Finish The final touch involved applying two coats of clear finish using industrial-grade Kelly Moore products. This step was crucial for providing exceptional protection, durability, and a flawless finish that would stand the test of time.

Why Sand Cleaning Matters

Sanding and cleaning are pivotal steps in the refinishing process. By sanding the wood, we achieved a smooth surface that allows the stain to penetrate evenly, resulting in a consistent color across the entire surface. Additionally, thorough cleaning removes dirt, debris, and remnants of old finish that could otherwise interfere with the staining process and compromise the final result.

Benefits of High-Quality Materials

Using industrial-grade Kelly Moore products was instrumental in achieving superior results. These materials are renowned for their durability, weather resistance, and overall quality. Industrial-grade stains and sealers offer better adhesion, enhanced protection against weathering, and minimal maintenance requirements, ultimately saving time and money in the long run.


At Lavish & Sons, we take pride in transforming neglected wood into a thing of beauty. This project exemplifies our commitment to quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. If you have a similar project in mind, don’t hesitate to contact us. Let us help you revitalize your space with our expertise and passion for woodworking.

Contact Lavish & Sons today to get started on your next project.


Lavish & Sons is your premier choice for professional painting services in Santa Rosa & Sonoma County. We take pride in our craftsmanship, holding License #1072702, serving both residential and commercial clients.

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