Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Thrift Shop Find, the beginning of my DIY Endeavors

I've had the desire to purchase and refinish old pieces of furniture. I finally purchased my first piece and have started the process! My $65 Dresser.

The Painted Dresser

The top was left natural, but has some burns and water stains.
(But, that's for another post!)
The Products!
I started off by cleaning the entire piece with Mineral Spirits
Then, using my Heavy Duty Gloves and a paintbrush, I applied the Klean Strip and let it
sit for about 15 minutes. Let it do it's work!
Using a plastic putty knife (rather than metal, which could nick the wood),
the paint came off easily! Then, using Mineral Spirits, I washed the piece again.
Did the same to all the drawers
Voila! Before I knew it, I had the whole piece stripped!
Now, the next step is to stain it. The wood was beautiful underneath.
I'm not a pro, but I'm thinking it's Oak, so I'd like try and keep the integrity of the natural wood.

I can't wait to finish the piece! Since we are in the process of moving, I'm guessing I won't get to it anytime soon!

2 comments:

Danielle said...

I love your little dresser! What a great find! It reminds me of this one I found on another great blog. Oh, love the new look of yours too.
here's the link. http://theletteredcottage.net/?s=dresser

Darryl and Donna Wenger, Laura, Liz, John, Emma said...

Is this our driveway? :-)