This particular blog post was started in June, when I found an old damaged wardrobe at a thrift store. It took me awhile to finish the project because this is just a hobby for me! I refinished it using a Miniwax weathered stain applied with a rag and wood conditioner after light sanding. It was sealed using a wood wax. Check out the whole story after the jump!
On Friday I went to my favorite thrift and found this, an old wardrobe missing the top piece of wood (it was stashed away inside) and looking a little worse for wear. They wanted $80. I talked them down to $50. The guys working at the thrift store didn’t take a lot of convincing. This is a chief thrill of my life.
|The Wardrobe sitting in my carport with other unfinished projects|
Only when I got home did I almost cry. The wardrobe was pretty seriously out of whack. Sure, it looked in the store like it would all just fall into place with a wave of a wand.
The deciding factor for me to embark on any project is that I can do it “pretty easy.” The only problem is my estimation of “pretty easy” is usually the opposite of an educated guess.
“What have I done?” (Head in hands, muttering, somewhere between elation and despair.)
|Buh-bye IKEA crap!|
– Sand with a power sander, trying not to leave circular marks or take off too much of the original stain or the wood!
– Use a piece of hand held sandpaper to finish the corners
– Stain using two rags. I used a technique where I dipped one rag in stain and then used another rag coated with wood conditioner to rub it in, keeping the applications light and circular.
– Seal with a wood wax if it won’t be in high traffic use. If you are using this technique on a piece of furniture that has a visible, high use surface I would do a poly finish. The finishing wax is really easy to use.