The base is in pretty good condition. Our first treadle base was very rusty so we had it sandblasted and had to repaint it from scratch. This one only needed 2 coats of black gloss Killrust.
The stain colour we were advised to use was Walnut.
It needs to be used outside though, with plenty of ventilation, a face mask as well, would be advisable.
Follow the directions, I used super fine 0000 steel wool to apply the finish, going with the grain. I left it on for a few minutes then wiped it off with a soft cloth. For the decorative bits, I applied it first with a small paintbrush to get into all the crevices.
Here's the before
Here's the side of the cabinet,
Putting it all together is next, but there's trouble brewing!!!
Until next time (I've been watching too many reality TV shows lol).