Remember when I shared the refurbished dresser we moved into our kitchen?
I promised to cover how I revived the stained finish on top of this old dresser. It looks pretty good in this picture, but the up-close-and-personal wasn’t so good at all.
When I was a young teen, I spilled a dot of nail polish on it, instantly melting the finish. Refurbishing a wood surface that’s not in too bad of shape is easy.
Step One: The Prep
Carefully scrape away any gunk (especially from around the mirror that was removed). Lightly wipe the surface with #0000 steel wool until the top and edges feel smooth to your bare hand. Wipe down with an old t-shirt or lint-free rag dampened slightly with mineral spirits, and air dry.
Step Two: The Staining
Spread a matched stain over the surface to cover any areas with scratches into the finish. Wipe any standing stain away with a lint-free cloth and allow to dry overnight.
Step Three: The Finishing, Protective Coats
The next day, apply the same protective coating as your original piece. In my case, I applied polyurethane with a clean brush.
I used a quick drying poly, and it was completely dry by early afternoon. At least two coats of sealer are recommended.
Allow poly or varnish to dry overnight before applying another coat or placing items on the surface.
Enjoy your new, beautiful wood!
Do you have old wood surfaces that need a little attention?