So, I painted all the chairs and I decided to go for it with the stain. When I applied it, it made the chairs darker than the sideboard. Not good. So, I went for my sandpaper. It took off some of the stain and some of the paint. Better! I thought it was streaky because of how I applied the stain or sanded, but as I continued, I realized that its the wood grain coming through just like on the sideboard. It just looks different because its not the same type of wood. Not a perfect match, but pretty good considering what I started with if you ask me.
I just about finished the chairs yesterday. Girls down for a nap, I moved on to the table and was happily making slow progress with the sanding when all of a sudden the sander died on me. Its a brand new sander and based on the reviews, was supposed to be great for refinishing and its died on me after only a little bit of sanding!?!?!?!? I checked the manual and I didn't do anything wrong. I thought maybe it overheated, but it hasn't come back on so I think maybe not. Now, I'll likely have to wait until my mom comes to visit and brings dad's belt sander. So disappointed!