Easy No-Paint Furniture Refresh

Vintage Dresser Refresh #Rockler

I love all of the painted furniture redo's out there.  I see so many on the blogs of friends and on pinterest and they always leave me oohing and ahhing (is that how you spell that?) but alas, I am not so talented.  I have painted furniture in the past pre-blogging and it turned out okay {iffy at best!} and so I like to do Furniture Refresh-ing.  

Furniture update #RocklerIMG_0970

I have an antique oak dresser that I bought at one of my favorite antique stores when my oldest son was just a baby.  It has sat in the same place in my living room since I first brought it home.  I have thought about painting it....about covering it in a shabby chic white and brightening up the whole living room but a part of me loves natural wood and would just feel awful covering it up with paint.  

Easy Furniture Update with Drawer Pulls and Waxing #Rockler

I wanted to give it a refresh for minimal money $$$ and in with little effort {yes...sometimes  I'm plain ole lazy}.  I opted for perking up the oak with General Finishes Satin Finishing Wax in Natural from Rockler and Venetian Bronze Cup Pulls also from Rockler . Since the drawer pulls were NOT the original pulls I didn't mind swapping them out.  Someday I plan to do some research and figure out the style of hardware that would have been used originally but until then this was a very nice compromise.  

 Vintage Furniture Refresh Made Easy

The waxing was easy ~ I followed the directions on the bottle buffing out the finish for a smooth and silky sheen.  It also removed some minor scratches which was a nice bonus!

 So what about you ~ furniture painting or furniture refreshing ~ which do you prefer?  

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  2. Mary Beth says:

    Thank you so much, Trish!

  3. Gorgeous refresh Mary Beth! I wouldn't paint that piece either!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks, Heather ~ I'm a wood gal..(boring!).

  4. Everything cannot be and should not be painted, in my opinion. I love both. Mary Beth you have a beautiful chest and it looks fabulous. The new pulls look great for the style, too. And if it looks great, it really doesn't matter if they are authentic, does it? 😉