I had to post this to share, just because I think this is the coolest thing I have learned from Pinterest ever. I mixed a 1/2 cup of Canola oil, and a 1/2 cup of cider vinegar, and used the mixture to totally transform Double D’s waterfall dresser he has had since he was a child. I can’t believe the final product!
To start, the dresser had some seriously 1970-80s handles on it. Double D says it had been like that since he could remember, so I’m not sure when the original handles were removed or what they looked like. I know they weren’t the original handles though, because an extra hole had been drilled to accommodate the shorter handles. I looked for vintage Bakelite handles that I could afford, and never found any. Finally, in 2012, Double D and I were antiquing with a friend, and he found these handles in the middle of box full of other hardware. They were the right number that the dresser needed, and I got them for $15.00. Not Bakelite, but still pretty cool with a vintage vibe.
Today, I took the retro handles back off, and used a paper towel dipped in the mixture to apply it to the wood. In this picture you can see where I had already brushed it on, and the very thirsty wood that was waiting.
Unfortunately, this experiment isn’t a true victory. The top of the dresser was very bad, and while the mixture did help a bit, it didn’t take all of the water damage out. It looks like I will have to sand it and re-stain it. The bad thing is that the top has a thin veneer on it, and that might need to be replaced if the sanding isn’t able to go deep enough.
Wow! What a difference. I love how the color has changed, and the grain of the wood is more noticeable. Does she need some work? Could she benefit from being sanded all over, and stained? Does her top need the help of a professional? Yep, yep, and probably. But for now, I’m pretty happy with the difference.
Thanks for looking!
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