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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Dresser Refinishing Tips




I have a few tips for refinishing a piece of furniture that I thought I would share.  The piece that I bought was in pretty good shape except for the top of the dresser.  So stripping and totally refinishing the entire piece wasn't necessary.


I love the detail on the corners of the dresser.  Such lovely fluted columns.  I cleaned the piece really good with some mild soap and water making sure not to get it too wet.  The object was to remove all the dirt, grime and wax from years of use.  When it was dry I went over it lightly with extra fine steel wool.  Then I applied a coat of Minwax Dark Walnut Stain.  The piece is mahogany, however I didn't want it to have a lot of red color, so the walnut gave it more of a brown tone.  All of the small scratches were coverd and the piece looks amazing.   Just be sure to use a really soft rag and apply a generous coat of the minwax, rubbing it in well, wipe off the excess before it drys, being careful to only wipe off the excess, not all of the stain.  You can see that this application also restored the original shine as it covered all the scratches.  It's amazing how it rejuvenates the original finish.


 The top had some really bad gouges and scrapes, so I sanded it down and it now has two coats of Dark Walnut.  As soon as that dries it will get a couple coats of poly to protect it.  The base and drawers have a semi-gloss finish, so I will use Min-wax clear semi-gloss poly for the top.  I want it to have the same shine the base and drawers do.


 I was able to clean up the drawers the same way as the base of the dresser.  After one coat of the Dark Walnut they look good as new.  No poly needed.  When dry I just polished them with Minwax Finishing Paste Wax. ( They're sitting in the guest bedroom waiting for the dresser base to be finished. )





I am not paid anything by Minwax and I did not receive any free product.  This just happens to be what I like to use and it always works well for me.  


 The hardware is gorgeous.  I didn't want it shiny brass, so I just cleaned it up really well in some hot soapy water.


 The detail on the pulls is so pretty.


 It seems like everyone is painting furniture, but sometimes a piece just needs to be refinished instead.  For my room and purpose, this is the case with this piece.  Restoring it's original beauty will be perfect for my bedroom.

I am joining the following parties:
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Alison at Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Heather and Vanessa At The Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Kate at Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
Jane at Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday
Becca at Home Is Where My Story Begins for Home and Family Friday
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace At Home
One More Time for her first Blog Hop

32 comments:

  1. What a beautiful piece, Marty. I agree with you that sometimes things just need to keep their natural color. The hardware is beautiful. Where do you do your refinishing? In the garage?

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    1. Yes, the garage is where I do all my playing. Plus, now that I finally emptied all those boxes, I have a ton of room. Love that.

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  2. Wow Marty, this piece is beautiful!! I love seeing the rich wood. Great job!

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  3. Marty, it looks wonderful I really love the pulls - fabulous detail! It's funny about the natural wood...I was just thinking about all the painted transformations out there and wondering what the reaction would be if anyone posted about going to a natural finish! Ha! The shock! The horror! I love them all, so it is always nice to see a little of both. Jane

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  4. Marty,
    You have inspired me to possibly refinish the top of our sideboard. Everything else on my sideboard looks good but the top. Thank you for your tips.
    Pat

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  5. Looks fantastic, Marty! Great find!

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  6. Looking so pretty, Marty! I am with you...painting furniture is not always the thing to do! Great tips! Thanks for sharing!...hugs...Debbie

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  7. The dresser looks great, Marty. I love painted furniture but I agree that some pieces need to remain as they are with the look of beautiful wood. I wonder how difficult it would be to remove chalk paint. That is one reason I haven't used it yet. Someday the trend will change back to natural wood and I do not enjoy sanding or using paint remover. Your guest room is looking wonderful! ----------- Shannon

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  8. Marty, it looks beautiful. I look forward to seeing it all finished and put together. laurie

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  9. Totally agree on refinishing vs. painting when you have beautiful wood that you can restore. Great job and thanks for the tips!

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  10. That is a great piece, Marty and you did a great job bringing her beauty back to life.

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  11. This is such a pretty piece! I don't paint pieces that are in good shape. I love wood too. I paint a piece if I feel like is beyond hope. Thanks for the tips!

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  12. Hi Marty, it turned out fabulous. I use Minwax as well. Can't wait to see it in your beautiful new room. hugs ~lynne~

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  13. Hi Marty, I am so jealous! I have been looking for a dresser like that for awhile. The piece is beautiful. I just love your blog, so many great ideas and tips. Your home is lovely.

    Mary

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    1. Thanks Mary, I know, I looked for a while too and I agree, I love this piece. Such a classic. Thanks for the gracious comments.

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  14. Marty,
    Gorgeous results! My "Mr. Ed" agrees with you...paint NO furniture if it is restorable! You have brought back the vibrant life of this beautiful Traditional piece!Thanks for sharing ...can't wait to see it in the room!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  15. I love mahogany but it dints so easily! Love the columns on this piece

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  16. Your did a fabulous job on restoring a beautiful finish, Marty! Looks like a lot of work, but certainly worth it! It's beautiful!

    Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

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  17. The wood looks just beautiful, Marty! Love that you were able to do a little bit of TLC to bring it back. The pulls look great too. I can't wait to see it in place!

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  18. Hello All...


    Hi Marty,

    Today is an exciting day, we are doing our first Blog Hop here at One More Time

    I have the pleasure of sharing this hop with the lovely Monica from Decorating Insanity. Would love it if you linked up!
    Hope to see you there!
    Tammy
    www.onemoretimeevents.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Marty.... I have featured you over at One More Time...Thank you so much for the great tutorial on how to refinish! Hope to see you at the next Linky Party on Friday!
      Congratulations and your dresser looks just beautiful in your room!
      Tammy

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  19. It looks really great, Marty. I like Min-Wax products, too. They have always worked well for me. I agree with you- I think paint is okay for some pieces and there are others that I like in their natural wood state. Your side piece is turning out beautifully! xo Diana

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  20. I agree Marty some pieces are just too nice to paint, especially when the are in good condition! We are working on a piece right now that we don't plan on painting.

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  21. The hardware is unique. How pretty. You are right about some things needing to be refinished. I look forward to the end result. Thanks so much for your kind words about my Shadow of the Flag post too. It was so sweet to see you had stopped by and left me a note!
    Liz

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  22. Marty, Thank you so much for linkin up and so happy you decided to share the beauty of leaving a piece not painted and showing the real beauty of some pieces by leaving them as is with a little face lift!

    Again thank you for helping us get our first blog hop of the ground!

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  23. Your dresser turned out beautiful. I just acquired a flip top table I might try this on. Only the top needs attention. I paint a lot of furniture but never a good piece. Most of my painted pieces are usually saved from the land fill. Great job...Connie

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  24. It's a gorgeous piece, Marty!

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  25. Marty,
    What a beautiful piece.Thank you for the tips.I agree not every piece was meant to be painted.I too have some pieces in my home that will not be painted.
    (((Hugs)))
    Anne

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  26. Looks really nice! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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