Old Oak Refurbished Dresser

Old Oak Refurbished Dresser
Old Oak Refurbished Dresser
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From the blogger: "This is an old oak dresser that was destined for the dump that turned into a gorgeous red headed beauty! I was really excited to see that this piece was solid oak! Stripping furniture is not a hard job, you just have to be careful to fully protect yourself and your garage floor!"

Estimated Cost$21-$30

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Primary TechniqueFurniture Projects



Materials List

  • Sand paper
  • Orbital electric palm sander
  • Stain of your choice
  • Brushes and rags
  • Paint stripper
  • Putty knives for scraping off the paint stripper (and gloves!!)
  • Poly acrylic
  • New hardware


DIY Project Instructions

  1. After hosing the dirt off of the dresser then apply a thick layer of stripper and let is sit for 20 minutes.

  2. Scrape off all of the stripper you can and, with this piece, one coat was all I needed.

  3. Scrub off remaining stripper with mineral spirits and steel wool.

  4. Hose off dresser again with garden hose and let dry over night.

  5. Starting with medium grit sand paper work your way over the entire dresser and then do it again with fine grit sand paper until it is smooth to a bare hand's touch.

  6. Hose off again with the garden hose and rub down entirely, let dry over night.

  7. Apply stain heavily with a brush over the entire thing and let sit for 20 minutes before rubbing off excess with a rag.

  8. Let the stain dry at least a couple of hours and then put on two coats of poly acrylic, letting each coat dry to the touch before applying the other.

  9. Replace hardware.

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Thank you so much for featuring our old oak dresser, it was really ugly before I started but turned out into such an easy refinish. Just goes to show that you can't judge a book by its cover!


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