So the rabbit has been pulled out of my hat, and I was able to salvage the piece I was working on last week by doing a light sanding and then adding another very light top coat of stain.  I also realized that the extreme humidity was actually slowing down the drying process, so I brought inside to fully cure with the help of some good ol' A/C.

I did something a little different this time and used both paint and stain to give this piece an updated look. As much as I love shiny lacquered finishes, the mid-century vibe just didn't warrant a high-gloss finish. After removing the old hardware, filling the holes and drilling new ones,  the new square chrome knobs are just the right touch!

And a final look at the before:
What do you think???

This piece is officially for sale, so please email me if you're interested! It will also be listed on my Etsy store by the end of the week. Local pick up only--delivery available.