posted on Apr, 15 2019 @ 04:53 PM
I have an antique 3-drawer dresser in the bedroom that my grandmother gave me. Been in the family for a long time, from what I understand.
When she gave it to me, it was in rough shape. I mean, it looked like complete s#. It'd been painted over god knows how many times, paint
layers were peeling, scratches, gouges, dents, etc. It was perfectly fine structurally, but simply looked god-awful.
I spent months carefully hand-sanding the paint off (with a mask, of course) as opposed to using chemicals -- I avoid using them when elbow grease
works just as well.
I got off multiple layers of greens, blues, reds, white and a hideous shade of seafoam.
Turns out, it's a glorious oak piece. Looks exactly like this, but with scalloping on the bottom:
The original metal backing for the handles is long gone, but I still have the handles themselves. The original key locks are also long gone, but no
matter. I simply sealed it, not a drop of stain, and use it next to the bed as a nightstand & (very) light storage dresser. The way the light coming
in the bedroom window hits it & highlights the grains and color variations makes it look marvelous
Because I'm a glutton for punishment, I also redid our 5 drawer dresser, headboard and footboard in the same manual, no chemicals manner. My
sister-in-law gave me her childhood set, which is probably no older than the 1960's (so vintage at best) It all was painted a ghastly faded black, the
color left a lot to be desired.
I spent a solid year hand-sanding it to bare wood. The amount of seal someone at some point plastered over the paint to make it shiny was ungodly. And
ridiculously painstaking to get off with sanding, but I did it anyway.
Under all those layers of s#, a stunning solid cherry set was hidden, omfg. Part of the headboard on the forward-facing side was mended with poplar at
some point, it was an obvious difference in grain and color. To conceal that, I did have to compromise and stain the pieces, but I went with a lighter
cherry stain and couldn't be happier. It's not a heavy stain, but gives the set a nice richness in color.
I've got a barrister bookcase in the bedroom, mostly poplar hardwood with oak veneer, that might be my next project sooner or later. I'm not fond of
the veneer's color (I swear to god it's developing a greenish tint as it ages) so I'm liable to restain it to match the rest of the furniture (aside
from that antique 3 drawer, that's perfect the way it is)
I'd probably have to chemically strip the seal off with the bookcase, though, I'm good at tricky sanding, but I'm leery of sanding veneer. Too easy to