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It’s done! – Refinishing a 1950s maple dressing table

A few weeks ago I found this 1950s maple veneer dressing table in a local Vinnies.

I’d been looking for a chest of drawers for Sera for some time and at only $15 I had to snap these up.

The lighting in the shop was so poor that I thought the drawers were painted brown. But when I got them home I realised they were varnished.

The drawers were very scratched and it looked like nail polish remover had been spilt in one area, completely removing the finish.

The first thing I did was remove the mirror.

I used a stripper to remove the old varnish. Here’s everything out in the sun drying after I washed the last of the stripper off.

Then it was time to sand, sand, sand.

Alisi’s Daddy used the power tools to do the bulk of the sanding. However, it was a joint effort to hand sand everything ready for varnishing.

I finished the drawers with three coats of clear varnish.

I’ve retained the original handles for now. They’re a bit pitted, but I quite like their shape.

I haven’t decided whether to refinish the mirror stand. It seems a shame to split it from its base, but the mirrored part doesn’t really fit into Sera’s room. What do you think?


One thought on “It’s done! – Refinishing a 1950s maple dressing table

  1. Well that’s disappointing that you have handed with a worst stuff, which you were not expecting, but with the little effort you have given a dressing table an entirely new look and now it looks more clear and beautiful piece of furniture.

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