Sanded and Bleached Antique Dresser

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I did it again! I bleached another piece of furniture and I love the way it came out. You might have seen the first piece I did here, and I liked the way it turned out I decided to do it again. This time on a dresser!

I found this dresser on Facebook MarketPlace for $20! The woman who sold it to me said it was her Grandfather's and it's been in his house for as long as she can remember. For $20 it was a great price and in great shape!

There are two ways you can go about refinishing a piece like this to get the old color off, you can strip it with paint stripper or you can sand it.

I choose to sand it...and trust me it takes time and a little elbow grease. But it's so worth it.

As you can see from the picture it's a huge difference in color once it's sanded. At this point I didn't know if I was going to need to bleach it or not. I was loving the raw wood.

Once the piece was sanded I liked the color but there was still a hint of orange left in the piece. So I bleached it.

I used regular household bleach and poured some on a rag. Make sure you wear gloves! Once I had it on the rag, I simply wiped the whole piece down.

I did this about 4 times waiting 30 minutes in between. The picture is after bleaching it.

To seal the piece I like to use a matte polycrylic sealer.

I put the original hardware back on, and it looks great! It's the perfect piece for our cottage on the lake!

Have you tried bleaching furniture yet?

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  • Joline
    on Sep 16, 2020

    Do you have to rinse the bleach off, or wipe it with clear water before sealing it to get rid of bleach residue?

  • Cindy Pittman
    on Sep 17, 2020

    I need that old hardware. I have the same hardware on my chest of drawers and one of the pulls are broke.

    • Trish F
      on Sep 22, 2020

      She said that she reused the hardware so I doubt she has any extra pieces available.

  • Linda stolley
    on Sep 18, 2020

    Did you use wood bleach or regular clorox

    • Trudy
      7 days ago

      She even states, "I used regular household bleach."

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  • Linda
    on Oct 3, 2020

    A great find at $20.00. A fine, well-made chest of drawers which needed cleaning up. You did a great job to bring the beauty of it back to life.


  • Mary Russell
    on Oct 4, 2020

    Before sealing,it looked a lot like the 'blond'furniture that came out years and years ago.

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