Antique Pine Dresser “After”

by | Oct 4, 2021 | Farmhouse Furniture, Refurbishing Furniture | 2 comments

September 28, 2021| DIY, Farmhouse furniture, Refurbishing furniture

My take away from working on this antique pine dresser is that it took A LOT of sanding.  More than I anticipated.  Having said that, I think the results are well worth the effort. 

You may recall that the antique pine dresser started off looking like the photo above.  In addition to having the unfortunate orangish color – a couple of the drawer rails needed to be repaired and some of the drawers needed some work. 

I wrote about the dresser HERE and shared with you the “in progress” photos.   As a reminder, I stripped the original finish and then wiped it down using steel wool and denatured alcohol. 

Then I started sanding using 120 grit sand paper. 

The biggest challenge was getting rid of the splotchy areas on the wood.  You can see them clearly in the photo above.  The bottom drawer was sanded once using 120 grit sand paper.  I ended up sanding the entire dress three times using 120 grit. Then I still had to do some spot sanding.

I kept sanding and sanding and sanding until there was a uniform finish.  Of course for the larger flat areas, I used a random orbital sander.  For the crevices and the corners, I hand sanded. 

When I finally achieved a uniform appearance, I went over the dresser again with 200 grit sandpaper.  

All in all, I am happy with how it turned out.  Here are some more photos.

The top came out amazingly well considering the age of this dresser.  Fortunately, during the past 100 plus years, there was no significant damage to the top of the dresser. All I had to do was sand the top really well. 

The sides also came out well.  See the wood in the middle of the side that has the wood frame around it?  That’s a single board.  That’s one indication that this is an antique piece of furniture.  Most modern furniture has multiple pieces of wood glued together. 

The glass knobs were cleaned by placing them in distilled white vinegar and gently boiling them on the stove for about ten minutes. 

I should also mention that I sanded the interior frame of the dresser and scrubbed it using Mr. Clean in a bucket of hot water.  The inside of the dresser really needed to scrubbed.  When I was done, the water was black. 

I didn’t want to apply a polycrylic to the dresser because it would change the color of the raw wood.  Instead, I decided to apply a clear furniture wax.  Although, it did change the color slightly, the change is not noticeable.  The benefit of the wax is that is preserves the wood and protects it from moisture.  (Like a spilled drink or water from a vase of flowers)

Here is a short video showing you the antique pine dresser with a raw wood finish.

This is Part 3 of the video series.  You can watch Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE.  These videos were made to show you, in a more interactive way, how a piece of furniture is transformed. 

If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thanks for following along on this little journey.  If you decide to use this technique on a piece of furniture, I hope you share a photo with me.  Please let me know how the process goes. 

This piece will be heading to Stone Soup Antiques fairly soon!

In unrelated news, I received some “new” old fabric for the vintage sofa today.  I can’t wait to open up the package and see how it looks. 


  1. Ashleigh

    Great post, thanks for sharing!

    • Sky Lark House

      Thanks for commenting Ashleigh!


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