Have you ever wondered how to wax furniture? Can you take a dark antique like this cherry wood gentlemen’s dresser and lighten it up with wax? Is it even possible to lighten up such dark wood??
Let’s talk about that! Does that sound good to you?
lighter and brighter
A couple of weeks ago, a client contacted us to refinish a couple of her antique pieces of furniture. She was nervous about the change but really wanted to lighten up the pieces for her beach home.
I reassured her that we would take good care of the piece and that paint could always be removed if she didn’t like it.
But I knew she was going to love the new lighter and brighter look!
I shared the process on Instagram stories. The response was incredible! So many of you messaged me with questions that I thought it would be a good idea to share the process here on the blog.
(You can see the process of the first dresser in my IG Story Highlights called Tutorials.)
But I needed another piece to replicate the process for the blog!
We dropped the piece off at the client’s home knowing that we would be picking up another piece to refinish.
When we got there, our client was so excited to show us the next piece!
It was the matching washstand to the first piece we had refinished for her! And I have a story to tell about this piece that is a bit of a mystery! We’ll save that for the Facebook Live! 😉
It’s a mini version of the gentlemen’s dresser except for the mirror! Isn’t she the cutest??
I will be having a Facebook Live showing the process so be sure to watch! It’s Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 7pm!
You can find me on Facebook at Reinvented Delaware. Just click that link to head over! Be sure to like our page so you can see the Live as it happens or in the replay.
The Facebook Live will show the piece in stages so I have been prepping the piece. The first step is usually sanding. This is a good time to go over the piece for any repairs that might be needed.
The only repair this lovely washstand needed was reattaching the trim on one of the doors. Simple – I just sanded off the old glue, reapplied more wood glue, and secured it with tiny nails.
I used my Dewalt orbital sander with 150 girt sandpaper on the areas that were flat. I did a quick scuff sanding on the frame of the piece because it will be painted. The drawer front and the doors were sanded down to bare wood because they will be waxed.
I used a sanding block to get into the areas that the power sander won’t reach. You can read more about my sanding tips in these posts:
That’s it for today! I am working on a myriad of other custom work. Join me on Instagram to see more of the behind the scenes projects we have going on in the workshop!
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