From a Dated 90's Finish to a Stunning Modern Finish!

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The lady I purchased this set from said it had been her husband's set since he was 12. It definitely had a 90's vibe to it. I decided to go out of my comfort zone and try a modern monochrome finish on this set. Do you think I accomplished it? I love the finished pieces, and the young lady that purchased them does as well.
Time: 5 DaysCost: $100Difficulty: Easy
  • from a dated 90 s finish to a stunning modern finish
This is the way the pieces looked in their old home. Well used, but just outdated.
  • from a dated 90 s finish to a stunning modern finish
You can tell the pieces served their owners well, but they just wanted something different.
  • from a dated 90 s finish to a stunning modern finish
Prep work! Never the fun part, but always necessary. Wash down if needed, and let the sanding begin. Here you can see the dresser being sanded down. Each piece had to be sanded. The top sanded down to bare wood so I could stain them, and the bases roughed up so I could paint them out. I rely on the orbital sander for the parts I want to stain, but use my mouse sander or sandpaper for the parts I need to rough up.
  • from a dated 90 s finish to a stunning modern finish
All the drawer fronts had to be sanded down as well! Now for this set, I opted only stain the front panel...you will see what I had in store for the border.
  • from a dated 90 s finish to a stunning modern finish
I knew I wanted a grey stain, so I mixed up three parts minwax classic gray with one part minwax ebony. I apply stain with a paper towel, as you can see here.
  • from a dated 90 s finish to a stunning modern finish
Chalk paint time! I had Lowe's mix me up a quart of Valspar "Chalked" paint in a nice black. Every piece got three coats of chalk paint. I give a light sanding with a 320 grit sandpaper in between each coat to give the final product a nice soft finish.
  • from a dated 90 s finish to a stunning modern finish
Remember when I said I had something in mind for the borders of the drawers? Well, I mixed some dark gray chalk paint with a bit of white (I had both on hand, otherwise I would have bought a lighter gray). I could have taped off the stained part...but 14 drawers...so I sucked it up, grabbed a small artist brush, and went to town.
  • from a dated 90 s finish to a stunning modern finish
After stain and paint...poly it all up! I prefer poly over wax. So, I quit using that pesky wax. I use wipe on poly, wipe it on with a lint free cloth, allow it to dry to the touch, and add additional coats as necessary! I usually do 3 coats on the tops to help provide good protection.
  • from a dated 90 s finish to a stunning modern finish
Since this set was missing some hardware, I ordered some new knobs! Sadly the screws that came with the new knobs, had really small heads. *sigh* rather than buy all new screws (I had a total of 40 knobs to attach), I grabbed a small pack of washers, and improvised!
  • from a dated 90 s finish to a stunning modern finish
Look at these super cute knobs! With the monochrome color scheme, I wanted a little bling!
  • from a dated 90 s finish to a stunning modern finish
All wrapped up! These pieces turned out so nice!
  • from a dated 90 s finish to a stunning modern finish
Who would know these bad boys were from the 90's?
  • from a dated 90 s finish to a stunning modern finish
Okay, this little cutie didn't have a before picture...or during...but I didn't want to leave the finished product out.

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