When I set out to do a master bedroom remodel (click HERE to see the full renovation) of my own, I had a super tight budget. I work with tight budgets a lot, and actually enjoy getting everything to come together for my clients. The feel I wanted in this remodel was clean, crisp, modern and homey at the same time. I was immediately drawn to the Mid Century Modern look. And then I saw some of the price tags that went with it. I decided to venture into uncharted waters for myself…Facebook Market Place. There I found this beautiful piece of furniture and decided to do a little DIY refinishing of this piece. I wanted to have a combination of painted furniture and natural wood pieces to create this look. The first piece I got and stripped to stain was way darker than I wanted because it was cedar, so I painted that whole piece.
Market Place Bloopers
This was my second piece from Market Place, and the owner was so amazing he offered to bring it to me! Bonus! So I bought it sight unseen – my only stipulation was that it was all wood. He informed me that yes, it was all wood. SOLD! He brought it over the next day, I helped him carry it into my garage and guess what?! The top was not wood! It was laminate that looked like wood…you know like Formica…not wood. Perhaps I should have used it as an opportunity to barter a better price, but after all he did bring it to me, so I was not going to complain, well, to him anyway 😉 Refinishing bedroom furniture was new to me, and so I tossed it up to a learning curve and carried on. I started with a paint and stain stripper, globed it on and let it do it’s magic.
Well, actually I didn’t really have too many issues except that I am not a wood working professional. Which meant I didn’t have all the proper tools. By nature I’m more of a wing it kinda gal when it comes to DIY, sorry but true, so when I did hit an obstacle I just rolled with it. The sections of wood that separate where the drawers go are curved, I didn’t have anything nor could I find anything to sand in that groove well. I added more stripper, cleaned it off and decided that I actually liked the small areas that were darker as it lent to a more aged piece and to the beach like theme I was going for…or so I told myself 😉
After applying the stripper, it scrapped off the gunk with a wide plastic scraper and wiped it down with a damp rag several times until it wiped off clean. Let it completely dry and lightly sanded it. DIY refinishing bedroom furniture was off to a pretty good start!
The Plastic Top
Ugh, I was so frustrated! But I had seen plenty of two tone mid century modern bedroom furniture pieces that I decided I would just have to go that route. And boy what a blessing in disguise! Contrary to popular belief you CAN paint laminate. You just have to have the right primer. I love this primer and have even used in in commercial cabinet painting applications. Just apply a good coat of this bonding primer (I like to do two lighter coats instead of one thick one) and you are on your way! Then apply two coats or more depending on color etc of paint color of your choice. I prefer to use Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint for this – I use the semi-gloss finish for furniture most of the time although it does come in other finishes. And you can get it tinted any color you’d like.
Sealing the wood
This was super simple. Once all the wood was stripped of it’s original stain and finish, cleaned and dried, I just lightly sanded it with a super fine sandpaper. Then I went over it with some mineral spirits on a clean clean to get all of the dust off and let that dry.
I wanted the natural wood color to show through so I just used a satin finish clear polyurethane. I used a brush for this step. I have found just using a little goes a long way, and a few light coats is better than thick ones. Look how gorgeous these drawers are! You can see from the photo how just one light coat of the polyurethane pulls out the richness of the wood! WooHoo for DIY bedroom furniture refinishing!
Okay, I am sure it is far from perfection as any professional would point out – however for my personal use it worked out perfectly. It is small than I had wanted for that wall, but I can always replace it later. For now it compliments the design of the room and works just fine! The drawers are a little small for but it forced my husband into a minimalist wardrobe.
Let me know what you think below! Would you consider refinishing a piece of furniture? Have you used FB Market Place before? How would you have finished this piece – I can’t wait to hear from you.
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