Thank you for all the kind comments about my daughter’s bedroom makeover, both here and on Facebook! It was so fun to get to work on this with her. She is always my sounding board for the various crazy ideas I have, but this time she was truly invested in the project!
One of our first steps in her room remodel was finding some new furniture for her to use. The $100 junky particle board set I bought four years ago (at her request, make no mistake about that!) was promptly sold—for the same price I paid for it! There’s just no accounting for tastes, is there??
We scoured Craigslist for a vanity/dresser set, and finally came home with these for $150:
Only $50 more, and this time it was actually decent furniture!
Well, you can see the finish on the top was in REALLY rough shape. But structurally everything was sound, and the veneer was in very good condition…a couple of chips here and there, but nothing major.
The “to-paint-or-not-to-paint” question was discussed at length, but Naomi eventually decided on “not.”
Since she wanted a darker stain, I decided to use my favorite miracle product, General Finishes Gel Stain (no, unfortunately they don’t pay me to say that) in Antique Walnut.
The great thing about this gel stain is that you DON’T have to completely remove the old finish. Rough it up, yes—but if you’re going darker, you don’t have to go down to bare wood. You can see how I lightly sanded the bottom half of the side of the dresser below.
I did have to do some more serious sanding on the top of the vanity. Where the poly finish had worn away over time the colors were very splotchy—so I had to do a little more work to get everything back to the same tone.
But oh, look at what a difference ONE coat of gel stain made!
I ended up using two coats on everything, followed by two coats of General Finishes Polyurethane.
And oh, I think it was worth it!
The handles are original, I just cleaned them up
a bit a lot!
And I recovered the vanity bench in a fun yellow and white chevron.
Have you ever used gel stain before? What did you think of it?
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