I get asked all of the time how I finish off my hornbook wood, so here's how I do it.
I have my handy little sander, perfect size for my hand.
As you can see, I need to change my sandpaper. There are little wires on the side that clamp down to hold your paper. I just buy a pack of sandpaper and cut them to fit the sander.
I know it's hard to see in this picture, but you will see it better in the picture of it stained below. You can also click the pictures to make them larger. I've really sanded the paint off the edges. I also like to run it across the top lighter just to add a few places the stain can stick too. Just sand to your liking.
I use this Old English furniture stain, you can find it in the furniture polish section of the store. I like to use scrap quilt batting to stain with. I put a really dark stain on it, especially in your sanded down places. I leave a lot of stain on it overnight. The next day, wipe off the excess with another scrap of quilt batting. If you want it darker, just reapply until you get the darkness you like.
That's it, now your ready to paint and sand your own! Thanks for dropping by!