I put about 4 coats of shellac back on the table, satisfied that I'd done the best job I could ( my first time with shellac ), and the result was a very nice looking mahogany table, with inlays in the top, both leaves, the legs, and the feet. Unfortunately, my friend did not realize that shellac is supposed to be a pretty high-gloss finish. While she and her husband love the "new" table, they both would like a finish that's a little more "dull".
My first choice would be to "dull up" the shiney finish somehow, and make it a lot less glossy. Will some steel wool do that for me, or is there no way to take the edge off of a finish like that?
The second option, which I don't like to talk about, is to take off the new finish, and put something else in instead. I'm assuming that has the potential of leading to a lot of trouble since, I don't get 100% of the shellac off, an incompatible finish will bubble, or react in an undesireable way.
So, I'm looking for options and suggestions.