When I see refinishing projects like this and how incredible wood can look with a little patience, I am instantly motivated to tackle my own furniture. The sheen on the refinished wood is beautiful, and I love the warm glow that Mark was able to bring back to this piece. Great job, Mark! — Kate
Basic Steps: Although the surface was in absolutely terrible condition, the wood beneath seemed pretty sound, so the first task was to take everything back to bare timber. It took a LOT of sanding and cleaning, but as the distressed surface gave way to raw wood, I could see that this project would be worthwhile. At this point, I thought I’d get creative and go wild with some painted finishes, but my wife implored me to be respectful of the natural timber and simply breathe new life into it rather than turn it into a painted lady. Naturally (as usual) she was right. Once sanded, I treated the timber with a few coats of Scandinavian oil before rubbing in a mixture of carnauba and beeswax; it now smells as good as it looks. — Mark
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See Tyan’s painted dresser after the jump!
It’s wonderful to see chalkboard paint used in new and interesting ways. This painted cabinet from Tyan wasn’t bad looking to begin with, but the additions elevate the piece to a new level. It makes me wish every cabinet came with a labeling section. Great work, Tyan!
Time: One month
Basic Steps: First I removed the mirror (it was connected on the back with screws) and removed the hardware. Then I took the molding off the top drawers with a putty knife, cut and replaced them in straight line. I filled in the molding gaps with wood putty, then after drying, I carved it down with a Dremel to match the molding shape. Then I sanded the entire piece and all the drawers with an electric sander. (This took the bulk of the time and required the most cleanup!)
I applied one thick coat of Kilz Oil-Based Primer and sanded it with steel wool. I applied 2 to 3 coats of semi-gloss water-based paint (I used Benjamin Moore Decorator White) and let it dry for 4 to 6 hours between each coat. I applied three coats of chalkboard paint to the top and finished it with Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic in Clear Gloss. Then I reattached the hardware.
My advice is to not be afraid and go for it! Be patient and take the time to patch holes, make your strokes even and let it dry a little longer. And don’t skip the poly, especially if you have little ones! I’ve already wiped crayon off the sides, and it came off like a charm. — Tyan