Sunday, May 5, 2013

Bedroom Furniture Makeover

Back in the mid 90's, Leigh's Dad and I purchased bedroom furniture that was solid wood.  The set was made be Basset with very clean lines and has served us well since then.  However, the light oak finish had become very dated.

I decided that it was time for new furniture until I realized the outrageous prices on a comparable solid wood set.  Besides that, I could never find a set that I liked as well as our dresser and nightstands.

Here's what they looked like before the makeover -

General Finishes Gel Stain, Before & After

General Finishes Gel Stain, Before & After

I knew that I wanted something dark and found a vanity makeover on Pinterest using General Finishes Java Stain. Leigh and I tried it out on a bookshelf for her first - check out that post HERE. The bookshelf turned out fantastic and I knew that the stain would be perfect for our furniture.

Here's the new look -
General Finishes Gel Stain, Before & After

General Finishes Gel Stain, Before & After

Here's a Before and After with the nightstands -

General Finishes Gel Stain, Before & After

This stain is incredibly easy to use. I just lightly sanded the furniture and then applied 3 coats of stain, using foam brushes and allowing plenty of drying time in between coats.  Then I finished it off with 2 coats of General Finishes Poly/Acrylic Satin.  Monica of MonicaWantsIt has an awesome step by step tutorial  The only thing I did differently is that I used foam brushes to apply the stain.

I love the look of the new furniture and it is holding up well so far.

General Finishes Gel Stain, Before & After

I have to admit that it took me about 6 weeks to finish it all up.  Tim asked me if I could please finish it up since he was tired of having his underwear laying out on the dining room table!!! Poor guy!!!

But hey - I saved him THOUSANDS of dollars by refinishing our furniture - so I think having his undies on display for a few weeks was a small price to pay!!!

Hope every one had a wonderful weekend!


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  1. Good job - it looks great! Thank you for sharing on Fluster's Creative Muster.

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  2. Wow! The new color looks great! I can't believe the difference!

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  4. I'm buying a set of bedroom furniture in Downingtown PA for an addition to my house, thanks for sparking some ideas!

    1. You are so welcome Earl! That is the best thing about blogging - finding inspiration for projects in your own home and meeting great people! I have to say that the stain has held up incredibly well and I'm so glad that I did it!

  5. Wow! Great Successful idea. New color combination is awesome. It's really great job. I am inspiring by seeing this blog. Your dresser and nightstands are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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