Bleaching a Dresser/Cabinet

2 Materials
1 Week

This was my first time ever bleaching wood and I’m not an expert, had to do lots of research to make sure I didn’t damage my furniture. I ran a test on one of the small drawers to make sure I did not spoil my whole piece.

Here it goes;

What you will need

  • Lots of rag cloth
  • Household bleach
  • Vinegar
  • water
  • Varathane weathered wood accelerator in Grey
  • Minwax protective finish in clear matte


  • Start by removing all the hardware on your dresser
  • Strip furniture with any wood stripper
  • Sand everything with a sander
  • After stripping or sanding your piece of furniture

  • Clean your piece of furniture with one of your cloth rag and ensure there is no saw dust left on your piece of furniture
  • Apply bleach evenly with a small cloth rag to your entire piece.
  • Wait in between coats until its dry.
  • If necessary apply more bleach until you are satisfied with the shade.
After 5 coats of bleach
  • The last two coats were applied in between days
  • Using a rag neutralize with half n half of vinegar and water
  • Let your furniture completely dry , I let mine dry for a whole week before I applied any stains

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  • Wow! It turned out so beautiful!

  • Mary Russell
    Mary Russell
    2 days ago

    It's certainly different.I wonder if it will 'take' stain and varnish if someone down the road were to decide to change it back.Honestly,just curious!!

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