Questions on finish for a box
This is the first wood project I have ever done. Anyway, what I have is an old box - its actually a old Rolodex that was tossed in the trash, so I salvaged it.
Christmas is coming up so I had the thought of making a neat little box for the old lady. So far all I have done is removed the old ugly hinges and sanded the box down. The old hinges didn't allow the box to close flush.
What I envision is a dark glossy or semi gloss finish - like a stain finish that is glossy. I would like the wood grain to come through, but I do want the box to be dark almost black in color.
For the top of the box - I am going to transfer a photo of the lady onto it. Using this method
I guess the glossy finish would also have to go over the picture as to keep it consistent. I would also be bringing the stain or what ever I use up to the edges of the very top and on the edges of the top as well. This should create a small frame for the picture.
Now, the issue I am having is, I am not sure (consider me a complete finish idiot) on if I should stain it, and then how would I go about making that glossy? Is their an easier way to complete this project?
Also - If I stain the box really as dark as I would like to, should I stain the top of the lid as well? where the picture will be going? How is the color underneath going to effect the photo?
So other then the video I linked to and what I have envisioned, I have no way to accomplish this task. I will be going out and shopping for some "neat" or decorative hinges that I like.
Some help from somebody who has understood my goal would be great and much appreciated!!
P.S., I will also be building a magazine rack for the lady out of pine, that I would stain dark as well - so this box is kind of a learning experience.
I can't upload pictures to the forum, so I'll share what I have on flickr so far - I've actually done some more sanding and cleaned the old finish off.