Help me refinish my great-grandmother's dresser

djsawJune 8, 2011

This dresser used to be mine growing up. I never knew anything of it's history till I told my father I was going to sell it because the finish had worn off and it was in horrible shape. My father said don't sell it, if you don't want it I will take it because it used to be in great-grandmothers boarding house, then it was mine and was painted , then your grandfather took off the paint and stained it for you.

Obviously I can't sell it and the orangey-mid century modern look doesn't work for me. So I have decided to refinish it in Minwax dark walnut stain I already have. I tried to stain my bed when I built it but that turned into a giant fiasco and I ended up painting my bed. My questions are do I need to use a wood conditioner? How do I apply the stain? I wiped the stain on my bed with a sock and it came out way too light and splotchy. How long do I let it cure? Pretty much staining for idiots 101.

Here it is.

With a drawer.

Any idea what kind of wood it is?

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The wood looks to be birch. I would apply a preconditioner, and then use a gel stain which gives better coverage than the oil base.

With gel stain you kinda buff it on, rather than oil base that let soak in.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 9:50AM
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Thank you for responding sloyd. If you don't mind me asking why would I need to apply a preconditioner if it already had stain on it?

    Bookmark   June 13, 2011 at 10:04AM
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The preconditioner is a preventive measure to prevent blochiness. You may not need it since the wood may be sealed by the previous stain. try staining the underside of the piece to test.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2011 at 8:31PM
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