Hello friends! A few housekeeping things first – I’m sorry that my new post emails haven’t been going out. An updated plugin feature on my site was conflicting with the service that sends emails and it took me some time and a moment of genius to realize what the problem was. It’s fixed and hopefully you are getting this in your inbox this morning. Now I’m working on a Pinterest problem, so if you aren’t seeing a Pinterest button on my site to pin things, I promise it’s very short term. Again, two tech things aren’t getting along, and I’ve got to figure out a solution. (sigh… anyone else have a love-hate relationship with technology?)
I’m sharing a new furniture makeover today. Years ago, I updated a midcentury modern Danish dresser that is now a credenza in my dining room. I also made a fun bench for my garage a couple years ago. Today, I’m showing you how I turned a set of veneer dressers from trash to treasure!
Last winter, I found a set of art deco waterfall dressers on Facebook Marketplace for a whopping $65. If you want to learn my tips for finding amazing furniture and decor online, make sure you sign up for my newsletter. I had been searching for waterfall dressers for a long time, and finally my Facebook stalking paid off 😉 They were in rough shape, and stayed in my garage until this summer.
I’ve never attempted to repair damaged veneer before and had to do some research. I asked around in hardware stores and one person suggested Howard’s Restor-A-Finish. I got some in Dark Walnut, crossed my fingers and got to work!
Prep Work: I used a super fine sandpaper on the damaged areas. In some areas, I did the whole side if there were enough scuffs, water stains, and scratches. Then I took a clean rag and wiped all of the dust off from the sanding I just did.
Then the magic happened… I grabbed a different clean rag, opened the bottle, put the rag on top and flipped it over so the product would absorb into the rag. I tried it out on a back corner to see how it would take. And it took beautifully.
I went to town wiping all over the pieces. I kept adding more product to the rag. What I noticed was by the end of staining the second piece, it was “covering” the damaged areas so much better than when I first started. I figured it was because my rag was pretty soaked with product, so I went back over the first piece again, and it helped!
Left side, sanded and not done. Right side, done. No joke, this stuff is amazing!
Isn’t the left side of the top of this dresser beautiful?!
The dressers have been done for over a month. There are some spots where I’m tempted to go back in with more product just to eradicate the tiny little bit of some deeper scratches. You’ll see more of the dressers in my bedroom reveal coming soon. But I thought this product was too good not to share in it’s own post. I can’t recommend this product enough. I’m excited to try it on other fixer upper furniture items!