A few years ago, I took on my first furniture refinishing project using wood stain. It seemed like I was taking a risk to refinish my Great Grandmother’s antique buffet since I hadn’t had any experience refinishing furniture before. I used a one-step stain and finish product called PolyShades from Minwax, and was so pleased with the look and finish…and it was so easy to apply!
My experience with PolyShades is the reason I was so confident in refinishing this two-tone piece I found in my local used furniture shop a few months ago. I thought the best way to get the drawers to closely match the frame of the dresser would definitely happen with PolyShades, especially since this product can be applied over finished furniture.
I thought I could get away with applying it over the area that was finished, but there was some paint (or something else) that was underneath the finish, and it was worn down the center. I decided it was best to go ahead and sand the whole piece.
In order to get the drawers to closely match the rest of the dresser, I had to stain them with three coats. Two coats was still too light…
I’m very pleased with how it all turned out. The finish is smooth and durable just like my buffet. I decided not to smooth out the dents and small areas of damage on the top with wood filler like I usually do…I think they add character!
I’m not a big fan of gold, so I replaced the old knobs with these clear knobs from Home Depot, that I purchased for just under $4 a piece. I really like the look of the new knobs against the stain color.
Here is a breakdown of the cost for this project:
Knobs- About $16 (total)
Stain- About $8 (on sale at Ace Hardware)
I consider $60 to be inexpensive for a solid wood piece that now has a beautiful finish. Now, I need to find some decorative pieces to add to it!
See this piece decorated now in my follow up post, In With the Old: Decorating with Pieces You Already Have.