Dresser ReFab


Exhibit A: ooogggleeee dresser.


Apologies for the before pic y’all…I know I took  a good one, I just can’t find the durn SD card it’s on.

Anywhoos, this is a dresser I have had going on 10years. I picked it up at a yard sale in Virginia Beach almost 10 years ago. It holds Mr. R’s clothes (thank goodness since no one else in my household would be tall enough to see anything past the second drawer from the top.)

Can you  believe it has lasted this long in my hands without some sort of re-do? Yeah, me either.

I finally got sick of looking at it in all its naked-raw-wood glory and decided to do something about it.

All it took was a can of my favorite Gel Stain, General Finishes Java, and Annie Sloan Wax. Like so:

Lightly sand and wipe down the piece of furniture.

I applied one coat of gel stain with a foam brush.

Here it is after one coat:


Got that? 1 Coat.

Normally I would do 2-3 coats for a more opaque finish, but because this was raw wood, the stain went on very richly. It still had some red undertones, but I decided I liked the red undertones and the way the texture of the wood peeks through.

(I’m sure that being tired and pressed for time had nothing to do with that decision, hhhmmmkay?)

After the stain comes the wax. I cannot say enough about this wax.


It is definitely a splurge at almost $30 a can, but it is well worth it. I considered cheaping out, but after wasting a day (or 3) researching alternatives, I bit the bullet. So glad I did. Unlike some of the other so-called furniture waxes at your local big-box, this one has not been watered down beyond recognition with mineral oil. It is a thick luscious wax that goes on thick and buffs out smooth and velvety.

I have used this same can for multiple projects, and I’m yet to run out. I have found it be a great substitute for Polyurethane, with just as good waterproofing property and the added bonus of eliminating the horrible drying time of Poly.

Schmeer it on like so, and then buff it in just like spit shining your chukka boot (minus  the spit, duh!) My fellow military folks, you know what I’m talkin’ about!


I mean, just look at it! The wax brings out the richness of any finish it coats, provides a water proof finish and a velvety soft touch.  On the right you can see where I’ve applied the wax, and on the left, not. (ps, I was not paid to endorse this product, I just really like it.)


And so of course, my dresser redo would be incomplete without a fabulously stylish but not overly feminine drawer lining for The Mister’s unmentionables.

I think you all already know about my love of stylish contact paper. And if you don’t know, well now you know.


All done!