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LilyLover77

I posted below for a recommendation for a wood refinisher.  Want to refinish some cherry nightstands to espresso.  A fellow Nestie thought you may know since you were looking for the same recently.  Would appreciate any advice.  Thanks so much!!
Michele

Mom to Skylar Kayla and Beck Dylan

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Re: LilyLover77

  • Have you considered doing it yourself?  If they are antique or really pricey nightstands, or if you're really not into that kind of thing, then maybe that's not the route to go.  I did it with bathroom cabinets just to try it out and it came out ok.  It would have been 100x better if I had sanded them first and then stained it, but I didn't bother.

     

  • I didn't find a place and in the end decided to just DIY. It's going to save us $500.00 (quote from local refinisher) and it's a lot easier than we thought it would be. We actually just spent a big part of this weekend sanding and primering the 2 pieces. It's not that bad.

    Sorry! Wish I could have given you a referral! I got a quote from someone local so I'll dig that up but I can't really refer since we didn't use him.

     

     

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  • I am so afraid of DIY because I would hate to F them up.  And, I am trying to match a new armoire so worry about the shade being off.  The nightstands are less than 2 years old.

    But, if the quote is $500 it may be worth it.

    Lily - What furinture are you refinishing? What supplies are you using (just sand paper? brand of stain? a varnish too?)  Thanks!

    Michele

    Mom to Skylar Kayla and Beck Dylan

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  • We are refinishing my late nana's 2 piece dresser. It's basically an 8 drawer dresser with a hutch/mirror on top. It's mostly made of oak with a few laminate pieces in the hutch part.  We are painting it an off-white.

    We talked to a guy at Home Depot for about 20 minutes and he walked us through everything. We really felt confident when we left and so far it's been pretty easy (except for the sanding, that sucks).

    Sanding: We ended up buying a hand sander for $30 and it was SOOOO worth it. We used a 180 grade sandpaper. This is to get the finished coat off the top. Don't get too gritty of a sandpaper because you dont want to sand down too far.

    Primer: We Primered with 321 Bullseye Primer but used FOAM Rollers. I cannot recommend this enough. Do NOT use brushes. The foam rollers were the bomb and went on SUPER smooth. This willl give it a clean finish. Let the Primer sit for 3-4 days. This gives it a chance to cure.

    Paint: We haven't painted yet and will do this next weekend but it was suggested to use a FLAT or Eggshell finish paint. We are using Swiss Coffee by Behr. We wanted it to match the crib we bought so I just brought swatches home and matched it up that way. Super simple. :)

    We are also using a polyacrylic coating on top. This will prevent it from Scratching and will give it a finished look without being OVER glossy.

    I will have before and after pics once we are done.

    ETA: I also forgot to mention to clean the dressers thoroughly before sanding. ALSO clean with a damp towel AFTER Sanding. You need to get every single piece of dust/powder off or your paint will be grainy and dirty.

     

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