How to refinish rosewood, was the first question I asked myself when I realized what this stereo console was made of. I saw it in the front of a thrift store but walked right by it because the rosewood had UV faded and turned a very dull brown, like an uninteresting walnut. On the way out I took a closer look and found that the insides of this Packard Bell stereo had not been exposed to the same amount of UV the outside had been. I gave this piece a thorough inspection for any damage beyond the finish. All the veneer was in tact with no major blemishes. I decided that even if the stereo did not work it would make a great piece for storage, so I brought it home.
I forgot to mention that the back was completely finished as well. The plug and wiring came out of the bottom middle so that it could be placed in the middle of the room. The insides and back were so well preserved that I did not want to refinish the entire inside and out. I chose to just refinish the exterior minus the back.
I knew I would have to stain the rosewood if I wanted to match the inside and back of the stereo. I was also quite nervous because I knew I could mess this whole thing up with the wrong stain. There looked to be some deep reds and almost purples in the original finish. I choose a deep red stain and just went for it.
My amateur rosewood refinish turned out pretty well. I failed to mention that every component in the stereo worked and it sounded great!