Our wood products are made of laminated MDF and/or particleboard. Sanding would damage the lamination, which has a protective silicone topcoat to which paints and stains will not readily adhere. As a manufacturer, we have used our talents and resources to create what we consider to be a beautiful look. We can certainly appreciate your wanting to do the same, but there is evidence that your efforts will not yield the desired results. Most of our items are available in multiple finishes, however, so consider the possibilities!