Hey everyone! It’s Heather Moxie and welcome back to my channel. In this week’s video I’m going to be showing you part two of my three-part DIY bedroom series. Instead of showing you how to build something I’m going to be showing you how to bring a second-hand piece of furniture back to life.
The great thing about second-hand furniture is that as long as the structure is still in place everything else becomes cosmetic fixes and they’re usually really easy to do. This dresser has definitely seen better days and there’s tons of scratches and nicks so I’m going to be showing you how to take a piece of furniture from drab and dated to fresh and new with simply a few updated knobs, new stain, and new finish.
You can do this with any type of furniture. I actually did this with bar stools a while back as well. The best part is they tend to be very inexpensive. So the first thing that you’re going to want to do is prep your dresser.
For me that meant taking everything out of my dresser and taking the drawers out of each of their places and then going through and determining if I needed to take out the contact paper that I had put in a few years back.
I decided that I could probably leave it there without damaging it and that would cut back on some of the prep work that I would need to do. So I went ahead to just removing my hardware. If you refresh a piece of furniture like this yourself you’ll have to decide if you want to keep the hardware or install new hardware.
At first I wanted new drawer pulls however, it is very hard to find drawer pulls that are the same distance as the ones I currently have and in the end it would just be easier and cheaper to keep them.
Next you’re going to need to decide how you’re going to remove the old varnish and stain. I went with the stripping method however, I do not recommend it. This was the first time I’ve ever stripped a piece of furniture and to be honest it was a complete pain in the butt.
I initially thought it would be easier than sanding this giant dresser. Don’t make the mistake I did, decide for yourself if it’s worth sanding because the stripping process is equally labor-intensive.
If you do decide to use stripper follow the directions on the actual brand that you get and apply as many coats as it tells you to and wait the allotted amount of time. Mine was apply one coat and wait 15 minutes for it to bubble up and after it’s sat like that for a little bit it’s easier to scrape off.
Keep in mind that whatever version of stripper you use you may have to buy a second step like mineral spirits or another product that will essentially stop the first product from working and then you can move on to your next steps.
Of course I will list and link everything down in the description box to give you more detailed instructions and the products and tools that I used. Your next step depending on the item that you’re refinishing is patching and fixing all of those scratches.
My piece was very aged so I went through and patched this really deep scratch on the top. Once you have it placed to your liking you can go ahead and wipe off the excess with a damp cloth and leave it to dry.
And now it’s finally time to move on to staining. Of course I use my Minwax Early American stain, but no matter if you decide to paint or stain you’ll just do a few even coats until you’ve gotten the desired look that you like.
For the dresser body I used a staining pad and for the drawer faces and everything else I used a foam brush. If you’re painting you’ll need to sand in between coats of paint and if you’re staining after you’ve let your stain sit on there for the allotted amount of time you’ll need to remove any excess stain and decide if you like the color that you’re left with.
If not you can continue to stain until you get to the color that you want. After you’ve given your stain a day to set you can seal it with whatever type of sealer that you’d like. I personally love Minwaxes polycrylic water-based sealer.
It’s really easy to work with and I usually get it in a clear satin so that there’s a little bit of a shine but it’s not super glossy. I apply my polycrylic with a foam brush and it helps me avoid any streaking.
And after that sets you are completely done and you can add any finishing touches that you like. Because I simply re-stained and refinished this dresser the difference isn’t super obvious but I think it just looks refreshed and new.
And for a dresser I’ve had since I was in high school now it is a long-awaited makeover. I added these two knob pulls from Hobby Lobby and they are absolutely beautiful. They match everything so well.
I will link those down in the description box along with everything else that I used in this video. Don’t forget to subscribe and follow me on Instagram and Twitter @HeatherMoxieDIY if you’d like to keep up with me and get a sneak peek at part three of this DIY bedroom furniture series.
And like I always say I will see you guys next weekend with another video. Bye!