So, I found myself on an unplanned trip to the Restore. The voice in my head said you will only take what you absolutely love. Well… I found this! Wow… but now it needs a little Homemade Furniture Polish.
This vintage mid-century dresser was exactly what I had been hoping to find for months. And, there is was just sitting there. It was sturdy, solid wood, and the drawers opened nice and smooth. I was taking her home for sure.
Just one thing. Scratches. Scratches and wear and tear don’t scare me off of course — I immediately made a plan to have a two tone repair job done. The outer box would be white, and the drawers could be refinished. But… I also really liked it, just the way it was.
It got me thinking, Pinterest is FULL of wonderful people with amazing ideas. Let me just see if I could fix this with a simple homemade furniture polish.
So here is what I found. From the lovely Miss Mustard Seed, 3 parts oil, to 1 part vinegar, and simply rub it onto the surface of the wood. I used the olive oil straight out of my cupboard.
See? There it is sitting in the bowl with my “before” dresser top. Sounds pretty simple…
I started with the drawers. I even thought the drawers were in pretty decent shape, until I rubbed on my oil/vinegar solution. The one on the left is treated, the one on the right is not. Umm… I think we might have something here.
Okay, lets try something a little more challenging. The right side of the dresser was pretty scuffed and scratched up, surely it won’t make a big difference here…
Err… I believe the word you are looking for here is… BOOM! It looks nearly perfect!
Okay, time for the top. You can FEEL these scratches, they are so deep. And the scuffs were practically white, compared to the original finish.
I might be pushing my luck with this one but it’s still worth a try. C’mon little oil and vinegar mix!
I couldn’t believe it. If I had a mic, I would of dropped it and left the room. Is this the same dresser?!
So, that took a half hour. Totally worth my time and the few cents it cost to whip up a bowl of home made furniture
cure polish. Yes, it’s not perfect. But it went from NEEDING a sanding, to looking like a 60 year old piece (which it is), that was amazingly cared for.
Don’t count out a more heavy duty makeover for this piece a little further down the road, but for now… how great is it to invest 30 minutes, and start using this “new” beauty right away instead of waiting a month while it’s sitting in the garage?
I just draped the fabric over the underside of each drawer (flipped over), cut my pieces along the drawer edge, and gave it a light dusting of 3M spray glue. Press it down, and done!
So easy guys. I’d love to hear if you have any other easy home cleaning or DIY remedies! Lets get those comments going and share with the rest of us! Inspiration is everywhere.