So, I've assumed the advice I got here with my last thread:
1.) I purchased a primer. It's a huge pain to clean off. I had to buy turpentine, and my entire house smells.
2.) I purchased a finishing glaze. It's smooth, which is wonderful, and it's matte, which is perfect.
But there is still something that I can't seem to fix..
First of all, this is what my other piece of wood looks like, with about 5 coats:
At first, I liked the natural-wood lines, but realized that's not what I was going for, which is this:
Which as you case see, is perfectly smooth. It almost seems god-like, impossible, especially with a brush..
This is what I've able to manage so far, with a lot more sanding, getting a groove-less surface:
As you can see, there are two major problems:
1.) The surface is by no means smooth. It looks like the barren soil of a desert. I've tried everything - brushes, rolls, sponge rolls..
2.) No matter what I do, or how much I sand, I constantly get those little dirt-looking things in the finish..
I would REALLY appreciate help on this. I've done everything you guys told me to do..