How To Refurbish A Wood Dresser: Proper Procedure Of Refurbishing A Wood Dresser

Proper Procedure Of Refurbishing A Wood Dresser

Refurbishing is a renovating technique by which you can modify your old furniture piece like a wood dresser & make it look new again & also finish it according to your taste. If you have an old dresser that you have been using for so many years, it might have become useless and you are thinking of throwing it out, but instead, you can refurbish it and give it a new life. Refurbishing is a very easy task & it is a do it yourself project, which you can complete within some hours instead of many days if you do it with the right technique & tools.

Things Needed

  • 160 & 240 Grit Sandpaper
  • Power Sander & Goggles
  • Paint Brush & Sponge Brush
  • Polyurethane, Varnish & Paint
  • Drawer Knobs & Screwdriver
  • 1/2-Inch Wood Screws
  • Old T-Shirt & Wet/Dry Vacuum


  1. Before starting the process, make sure to take off the drawer from the dresser, which may also include getting all the knobs or drawer pulls out from the dresser & for this purpose you can use the screwdriver.
  2. Now, if there is any old paint present on the dresser, then you need to eliminate this paint by sanding the dresser with the help of 160-grit sandpaper on the power sander. Make sure to sand the dresser along with the drawer wholly including the drawer pulls or knobs if these parts are composed of wood. Using the old T-shirt, rub the surface rigorously that you have sanded. Then, repeat the sanding process but this time with the help of 240-grit sandpaper & eliminate fine blemishes in the wood. Again rub the sanded surface & always make sure to protect your eyes by wearing goggles or safety glasses.
  3. Next, spread a paint or varnish coat to all the exterior parts of the dresser & drawers. If incase the knobs or drawer pulls of the dresser are composed of the wood, then you also need to varnish or paint them. For applying paint, you can use a brush & for applying a varnish, you can use a sponge brush. Make the paint as well as the varnish to dry completely according to the manufacturer's directions. Sand any rough portion of paint or varnish and then clean off the sanded area with the help of a clean T-shirt.
  4. Now, use another paint or varnish coat to the dresser & then make it completely dry according to the instructions labeled on the manufacturer product. Then sand any rough section of paint or varnish. Continue the process of sanding as well as the painting or varnishing, unless & until the wood dresser is fairly and competently coated.
  5. Now, in order to seal a varnish finish, apply a polyurethane coat to a wood dresser, with the help of a new sponge brush. Give the polyurethane some time to dry completely & the time recommended is specified on the manufacturer's instructions. Repeat the process two more times as polyurethane helps to seal as well as protect the wood from getting damaged.
  6. After performing all the above steps, finally it is time to reassemble the drawer pulls or knobs, that you have detached before starting the process, with the help of a screwdriver and 1/2-inch screws.
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