I applied four coats of the Minwax – obviously not all at once, I put two coats on at night, the remaining two on the next night. The back of the can said three coats, but it looked a helluva lot more dramatic with a fourth coat.
I used the dresser as a child, as a teen and I took it with me when I left home for college. I refinished it once before, back in 1987.
The older I got, the more I realized that the dresser was made for a child. It’s on the small side, measuring 36 inches across and 14 inches wide. It doesn’t have as much space as I want.
At one point, I decided to look for a different dresser, something bigger and I’m almost ashamed to admit, something more “adult.” But I couldn’t do it. Buying something different seemed out of the question, the sentimental value was too strong.
It’s never crossed my mind since to replace it; I plan on having this little dresser for the remainder of my days. By refinishing it, I made something brand new out of something old. Scroll down to see the end result.
I’m happy with the new old dresser; I hope my grandfather would’ve liked it too.