The Last (Really!) Furniture Refinish

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I’m really bad at remembering to take the “before” photos. I couldn’t be bothered enough to put the drawers back in for the official “before” photo.

The last three times I have refinished a piece of furniture, I vowed to myself that it was the last time. You all are my witnesses. This IS the last time. The above dresser has been in son Mike’s room (where ever that was) for the last 21 years. Before that, it belonged to his father. So I estimate it to be 1960’s vintage. The majority of the piece is yellow pine, a soft, inexpensive wood. The rest is melamine and a bit of plastic for the drawer slides. So it is not precious. I was hoping to send it to the charity shop, but son Mike stated that “he liked it.” And I found it hideous. So it was upon me to effect the change as Mike was content with the status quo.

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A close up of all I hate about the dresser.

So the proportions are okay, but I hate the pseudo-Early American handles and the shiny (and lets be real here,) dripped varnish.

I hauled all of this outside and sanded it with both a flat sander and by hand. I calculate it took about 18 hours. Plus I got a bad case of chiggers–don’t ask.

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Here is what it looked like after being sanded.

Where I could not sand out the old stain, it looked grey. So that was my choice for the new stain. I thought it would blend. I spent a longish time selecting the new stain at the stain aisle at the home improvement store, and selected a stain color that the samples showed as grey, and was named “Slate.”

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While I had everything apart, I glued and reattached with screws a bit of wood that had come off the bottom drawer.

Turns out that “Slate” is way more blue than grey. Not a color that I would have consciously chosen. But here we are and I do not absolutely hate it….as I did the previous finish.

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And this is the absolutely last piece of furniture that I will refinish in this lifetime.

12 thoughts on “The Last (Really!) Furniture Refinish

  1. The drawer pulls look like the ones that were on my parents’ mahogany dressers they bought when they were married in 1952. I like the new stain and modern pulls. Great job.

    I refinished an end table to use as a bedside table. I sanded it, put two coats of primer then two coats of white paint. Took me 5 days – never again!

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  2. There is much to hate about the before dresser. 😅. So much work and time. You are to be congratulated for persistence! The new look is an improvement. 👏

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  3. Your slate color reminds me of the weathered look of seaside cottages in New England. Is that what you were aiming for, or what you accepted rather than redo it?

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  4. Actually, the dresser is beautiful. You did a great job. I know about this piece being your last…I have refinished enough furniture in my lifetime to know exactly what you mean. 🙂

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