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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  • Benesse Benesse on May 02, 2021

    How was the caning applied? Are these new doors or did you modify the original doors?

  • Sophie’s mom Sophie’s mom on May 03, 2021

    To protect the wood did you put a coat of polyurethane on it?

  • Allison Velez Allison Velez on May 04, 2021

    You said you let it dry a week before applying stain. Did you stain it? It looks perfectly raw.

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  • Marjorie Marjorie on May 03, 2022

    What an amazing transformation. WOW!

  • Marlene Marlene on May 03, 2022

    Stunning!! Ur masterpiece should b in a high end store!!!!! It fits perfectly in ur gorgeous home!!!!!!!👍️😍