Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Making the Old, New Again!

It has been a while since I have blogged.  Summer has been fun, busy and long.  The kids have monopolized all of my time and I have loved every minute of it. 
But I have done a few projects along the way.

My bedroom suite is old.  It was old when I originally got it as a teen.  But I love it and feel like it is a classic and traditional design.  But it has taken a beating over the years.  It has been moved to 8 different homes.  I was tired of looking at the scuffs, scratches and white paint marks.  So I made an attempt to restain and shine it up.  This was completely off the cuff with no real idea if this would turn out or not.
I was amazed at how well I did!

Here you can see what I have been living with. 
The brass on the hardware was discolored and gross too!

Each drawer was scratched and dinged up.

Here is the after of the same drawer. 
 I wiped stain over the cleaned drawer to fill in the marks.

Each drawer was restained and left to dry for over 5 days.  They were extremely sticky during this time.  Once the tackiness stopped I went over each drawer with wax.  The excess stain came off during this step.  After I let the wax dry, I buffed and polished the dresser.  It looked brand new.

I also repainted the hardware gold and then sprayed one light layer of Oil Rubbed Bronze over the top to help take off the shine.

The change is really remarkable!

I hope you all are having a great summer!

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