It is such a cool thing to find a good piece of vintage furniture at a great price. Anyone who likes mid-century pieces for their homes knows that a good piece can be very pricey. When we found our buffet and end table, being sold at a not-to-be-believed price, I knew we absolutely had to have it (Brendan was not so sure, but eventually came around). One of the reasons it was so affordable was because there were a lot of cosmetic damages.
Now, I’ll just admit this up front, I am new to the furniture repair club, but I am confident, and often take on large projects that eventually drive me crazy, so when obviously when Brendan said, “Can you repair this if we get it?” I said, “Of course I can do it!!”
Of course I spent the better part of an evening *covertly* researching what I should do to repair my buffet and end table. The important thing is, I was right. I could repair my furniture, here’s how.
Murphy’s Oil Soap, Howard’s Feed-N-Wax, fine sand paper, and Danish Oil. They are all you’ll need, well, those, some soft rags, a ventilated place, and some elbow grease. I’ve never understood that phrase… Elbow grease… Anyway.
Let me show you the before pictures of my buffet:
So here’s what I did:
First, I sanded down the problem areas with fine (320) sand paper. It is very important to be gentle, and not sand off the original finish (you want your vintage piece to maintain its look), and to not sand against the grain. Don’t you do it! You will regret it!
Take your time with all the little nooks and crannies, if there are hard to reach areas, just slowly and carefully sand away, and the Murphy’s Oil Soap will do the rest.
After you have finished with Murphy’s, then you take your Danish oil (remember gloves!), apply it to a soft cloth, and rub all your pieces down. I used a Natural Finish, to maintain the integrity of the piece. Brendan and I had thought to use a darker stain, but the wood’s original color was so nice, I am glad that we picked the Natural Finish. It goes on clear, and brings out the beautiful colors in the wood.
Now it’s time for Howard’s Feed-N-Wax. This stuff is awesome and also very strong-smelling.. Make sure to have a fan about, or do this project outside (says the girl who got a major headache from all the smelly smells).
Pour a liberal amount of Howard’s FNW, and rub it into another cloth.
Congratulations, you’re finished. Have a cookie. Or be a grumpy pants because your head hurts (no ventilation for the smelly smells), and have your husband fix you breakfast for dinner. I think I would have preferred the cookie; but love my husband because he’s the best.
Here’s the finished product:
Tune in tomorrow for non-crappy iPhone pictures! My camera’s batteries are dead. I’ll before and after close-ups!
That’s all folks!