Cabinets, Furniture, Woodworks/whitewash

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I bought a couple swivel bar stools with backs. All the wood, which is pine, was whitewashed.  Set into the back pieces are copper rods.  The effect is just what I want but the whitewash is to light.  Is there any way to remove this or lighten it and do over in a darker stain?   Would sanding or sandblasting remove some of this whitewash?  
If whitewash IS a stain, then I don't have many options (other than painting the wood) which is NOT something I want to do.
Any help would be appreciated. than you in advance.

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Hi Catherine, likely the white wash is removable, but the way to do it is with stripper.Stripping them will not alter the wood, crap up the copper, and is not hard to do....just a bit smelly and labor intensive, (but certainly not more than trying to sand it all off), and being a softwood, I would not recommend sandblasting.Stripping should leave the wood clean, smooth and almost ready to refinish.Proper and successful staining will require clean, bare wood...so stripping really is the best option for a professional looking job...hope that helps, post back if need be, I'm here- regards- Greg

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Questions on Woodworking, wood finishing and refinishing of all kinds, repairing furniture and wooden objects, Architectural details, Woodturning, carving, tool usage, product usage, some chemistry as it applies to woodworking and related interests,cabinet making and furniture construction/design, etc. I have experience with all manners of colorants, finishes, paints, stains, dyes, glazes, and coatings, wood species recognition and usage,tool recommendations, blade types and recommendation,techniques and methods for many Woodworking related issues, etc.

Experience

Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.) Sold, built, serviced, setup Home, Industrial, and Commercial stationary woodworking tools for a major tool retailer in CT. for three years, sold hand and power tools , provided knowledge, parts replacement, service, and on site service, Trade show Demo, and training as well.

Publications
Published in Fine Woodworking Magazine (12/97), included on Fine Woodworkings first "Best of Fine Woodworking" CD-ROM (2002) ...("27 year compilation of expert know-how")

Education/Credentials
Art School at Silvermine Guild in Norwalk, CT., 9 year apprenticeship in a European run Cabinet and Restoration shop in CT., various classes on subjects having to do with the field. Seminars from major Tool manufacturers, Skil/Bosch, Delta, Powermatic, Ritter, Porter cable, Milwaukee, Dewalt/B&Decker, Performax.

Past/Present Clients
Many varied clients including work on Martha Stewarts' Westport, CT. show house, many fine Antique dealers and private collectors in and around Fairfield County and in Woodbury, CT. (the Antiques capital of CT.), Golden Age of Trucking Museum,Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.), local Museums and Historical Societies. For the last two years I have been employed with Schwenke Auctioneers Inc.- Woodbury Auction LLC., as a staff photographer,IT tech,and doing restoration and repair work as well.

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