All the details and tips to bring your old wooden furniture back to life without sanding! Follow our simple to do tutorial to achieve the same beauty on those worn out timeless pieces with our FURNITURE RESTORATION USING WATCO REFINISHER.
Can you even believe this beautiful dresser was only $75!? I still can’t and I’ve been the owner for the past 5 months! It was such a lucky find at one of my local antique stores and I knew it was mine and where I was putting it the second Sadie pointed it out! We hope you find this step-by-step tutorial helpful as you tackle that dull furniture that needs a little something. Without further ado our furniture restoration using Watco Refinisher!
Wood Piece to be Refinished
Watco Furniture Refinisher
Varathane Stain– I used my own mix (equal parts Ash and Golden Oak)
Varathane Finishing Wax
Glass Dish for Watco Solution
Nitrile or Latex Gloves
Step One: Removed all Hardware off furniture piece. This is also when I removed the mirror that was attached to the dresser.
Step Two: Put on your nitrile or latex gloves. Open can and pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup into a small glass bowl.
Step Three: This next step is oddly satisfying! Soak your steal wool in the Watco solution then rub it on your furniture. Watch as the finish balls up! Then take your steal wool and start wiping! The finish will start crumbling before your eyes. If it’s not, apply more solution. This will vary on the amount of finish on your piece. I do feel like the original finish was pretty heavy! Repeat this process until you’ve removed the old finish off all the pieces!
Step Four: Once you’ve completed step three you can now protect your piece with a finish OR you can stain it with varnish. I chose to apply a varnish on my dresser and on each of the dresser pieces to ensure the coloring was even. I used Varathane Varnish and mixed equal part “Ash” and “Golden Oak.”
Step Five: Once the varnish was completely dry, I marked out the holes for my new hardware. I would normally have done this after I finished with the Refinisher solution, BUT I did not have hardware at that time; hence doing it on step 5!
Step Six: I applied my top coat. I chose to use Varathane’s Finishing Wax. I know this is in my Powder Room with a sink, but I wanted the look and feel of wax over a traditional finish. This may not be the right choice for you, but it was 100% the right choice for me! I LOVE LOVE LOVE working with wax! Here’s how you use wax: put a little on your cheesecloth, wipe on your furniture, then wipe off! It dries super hard so don’t be nervous about it at first. It will leave the silkiest finish on your piece. It’s my favorite!
Step Seven: Attach hardware, step back, and admire a job well done!
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