Antique Vanity Restoration
This old beauty was begging for someone to take her in and fix her up! The old finish was flaking, the veneer was peeling up, and pieces were missing. My first big undertaking and I was bound and determined to do her justice!
I started by giving her a nice good cleaning. I pulled up the veneer that was already damaged and not worth saving. Then, I let the dust fly and started sanding and sanding, and sanding.....and sanding! I wanted to refinish what I could back to a beautiful stain, so, it was a lot of sanding!
I even got her turned upside down! You just cant quite get to all those curves and crevices unless you get the right angle! Here I was continuing with sanding the legs and got all the cob webs and spiders while she was in a good position!
A little bit of bondo goes a long way! I wasn't able to save all the veneer, but I knew that before I started. I used bondo to patch all the spots that were missing. I sanded it down smooth and she was ready for some paint and stain!
A bit of brasso and elbow grease got the original hardware to clean up quite nicely!
I stained the drawers and laid a few coats of satin poly on top. After this dried for a few days, I went back into the decorative crevices and added a bit of color!
This beautifully vibrant shade of blue was used to add detail and encompass the sides, tops, and mirrors. The frame, legs, and drawers were stained in this rich and deep color.
This beauty had been waiting a long time for someone to look at her the way she deserved to be looked at! Now everyone will do a double take!
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- Sandpaper (Lowes)
- Brasso (Gillmans)
- Steel wool (Gillmans)
- Lacquer thinner (Gillmans)
- Valspar Paint (Lowes)
- Zar Stain (Gillmans)
- Satin Poly - Zar (Gillmans)
- Titebond (Lowes)
Published February 15th, 2017 2:33 AM
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Belinda Acuna on Nov 29, 2017Beautiful! You saved a lovely piece and gave it new life. Excellent work.
Dus17403359 on Nov 29, 2017Thank you Belinda! I appreciate that!
Davene TheoraPrice on Dec 31, 2017what is bondo I need to fix veneer on a coffee table
Dus17403359 on Jan 05, 2018Davene: Bondo is simply a filler. Bondo in particular is an autobody filler. Wood filler will actually do the same thing as Bondo, but Bondo is a more stable substance. If you plan to repair and paint the veneer, Bondo is the way to go. However, If you want to repair the veneer and stain the surface, you will want to consider wood filler. However, depending on the current damage of the veneer you may want to consider replacing the veneer if you plan on refinishing the surface. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have more questions! :)
How long did it take you to complete this project from start to finish? I have the same or similar should I say.....2 draws instead of 3 on each side. It took me quite a while to remove the vaneer and sand it. So, I'm just curious how long it took you? Thank you and it looks beautiful! Amazing Job👍