Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Changing up an old wardrobe.

before (found at a garage sale and delivered for $5)
after it was sanded and given the first coat of stain and varnish.
So I've decided to get more into furniture restoration- especially since I need a new cupboard and this one was so cheap. It was a much bigger project than my hallway bench but I managed.
You will need:
About 3L of stain and varnish- I used a chocolate colour.
Some sanders (a orbit sander, a triangle shaped one for the corners and a finishing sander)
A damp cloth
Paint brush
Some handles (I'm still yet to find exactly the right ones).
How to:
Sand back the cupboard - first with the orbit sander, then doing the corners using the triangle shaped one.
Then wipe the cupboard down slightly with a damp cloth before finishing off with a finishing sander.
Make sure your cupboard is well sanded (if you need to sand it) as it makes painting so much easier.
Then I just gave it two coats of stain and varnish and it was done.

Then I put the hinges back on the cupboard and put some temporary handles on. In total the project cost about $50 for a paint brush, handles and the stain and varnish. I was lucky enough to be able to borrow the sanders from my lovely neighbour but if not they are quite pricey so make sure you're really keen before investing.

I haven't quite found the perfect handles yet, but I'm already using it and loving it. For a beginner in furniture restoration I'm pleased with the end result.
Now to start my next project...
Lisa x


  1. I love that it turned out so well! I really like the handle you have in there already :)

  2. That looks great! It's such a versatile piece and your restoration of it has really brought it to life again.

    I love the idea of furniture restoration, although I haven't really done much myself. Ages ago, I stained and varnished a desk and I had so much fun with it that I would definitely do it again if it were at all possible.