Question #2 on table sanding mishap

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OK, so yesterday I sanded all wrong! and thank you to all who helped me out with advice! But now I need more advice. I went back over the bad sand job and "thought" I could work with it to do my stain artwork on the table. The process is proving difficult. I am trying to make a matching piece to the small accent table I previously created (second & third pictures). My question is, do I 1) strip and start over, 2) strip, sand and chalk paint, 3) or keep going?
This is just the initial steps, but the stain itself is not reacting properly, and I'm thinking it is because I did not get all of the finish off. (Having said that, when I sanded the little piece {the second & 3rd photos}, I did not sand nearly as much as I did on this one. They are the same wood, same manufactured table.
q question 2, painted furniture, painting wood furniture
q question 2, painted furniture, painting wood furniture
q question 2, painted furniture, painting wood furniture
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 09, 2016
    Relax and take a breath.Your first piece is amazing. So stop and take a breath of fresh air and think of how you originally creating that piece and and start again...BREATHE ...resand and start over

  • MN Mom MN Mom on Mar 09, 2016
    Put it aside until tomorrow and then start again. Please don't use chalk paint. To me chalk paint looks like one didn't care to take the time to prep and paint or stain. Your work is beautiful...keep your chin up, it will all work out!

  • You already know what to do. You've done it on those beauties!! ( I'm in the middle of one right now on a french provincial dresser!) If you don't like how it's going, either , change design, strip and start over, or paint. ALWAYS strip off the existing finish if you are going to do something so intricate in staining like this. You wouldn't start a new painting over old paint on a canvas would you???? Sanding does not remove stain from the pores!

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    • M&M Embellishments M&M Embellishments on Mar 18, 2016
      @Beth H. Makemeprettyagain.blogspot Thank you for your response. This piece is definitely new. And yes, the wood was a bit splotchy. I did what I could.... I'm going to your blog now! :) Thanks for all of the help!!

  • Carol Carol on Mar 10, 2016
    You are an amazing artist

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Mar 10, 2016
    By all means STOP and relax! I have no idea how you do what you do, but it is amazing. DO NOT PAINT! With the talent you show, it would be a shame! It is always good to stop and let the worry go away and then start again! We want to see you finished product!

    • M&M Embellishments M&M Embellishments on Mar 10, 2016
      @Thank You Jeanette S Thank you! No painting... going to take a break for a couple of days to do my REAL job.. I will come back to it Sunday, I hope. But, I promise... no painting. ;)

  • Merrie Merrie on Mar 10, 2016
    Think of snowflakes. I know that sounds odd but just think, no two snowflakes are the same, yet each in there own way is beautiful. This is how it is with your tables - they are each unique and will be just fine. Like the others have said above, relax, take a deep breath, walk away for a day or two - everything will be fine. You know what you are doing.

  • M&M Embellishments M&M Embellishments on Mar 10, 2016
    The reason I was thinking of painting was because I did a piece on an old cupboard over chalk paint and it worked well (picture attached), and I thought it would get rid of the swirly marks left by my bad sand job. But most are saying do not paint, so I will continue with the wood.

  • Nikki Nikki on Mar 10, 2016
    Those are Gorgeous!!! I agree I would strip it, you are an amazing artist and you have came this far striping off the rest should go even faster this time now that you have most of the original finish off and no varnish on it. I cannot wait to see them all finished :)

  • Duv310660 Duv310660 on Mar 10, 2016
    You have plenty of skill - trust your instincts and go with it! I love how sculptural the blooms are!

  • Laurie Straw Laurie Straw on Mar 11, 2016
    No answer but your work is beautiful!

  • M&M Embellishments M&M Embellishments on Mar 13, 2016
    For those of you following... I stripped, sanded, applied pre stain conditioner and started over. Still not reacting QUITE the way I like, but working through it.....

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    • M&M Embellishments M&M Embellishments on Mar 13, 2016
      @Janet Pizarro Thanks again, Janet!!! :) You are sweet!

  • M&M Embellishments M&M Embellishments on Mar 16, 2016
    I promised to add pictures of the finished piece. ..

  • OzGirl OzGirl on Mar 18, 2016
    In love with it. May I ask please how did you do the sketch on the table? Where could I find one? I think I am asking too much. Sorry and thank you it's just stunning and very different from what I have seen as this type of decor.

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    • M&M Embellishments M&M Embellishments on Mar 19, 2016
      @OzGirl I understand that necessary evil and not enough time in a day to do all you want! I am currently writing a detailed blog post about the process. I want to do a video, but that won't be until next week at least... But as soon as I'm done writing this blog, I will give you the link!

  • OzGirl OzGirl on Mar 19, 2016
    M&M oh I would love to see that, that would be amazing, keeping my fingers crossed. I have to tell you though we should have an 8 day week the 8th day would be called "Someday" or "Some Day". ....