How to: Refinish a Mid-Century Modern Credenza: Pt 2

Moving on to part two, after cleaning all of the drawers, legs and sides on the credenza, I let them dry for a couple hours. Followed by the lovely products from Howard, Restor-A-Finish in Walnut and Feed-N-Wax. And one of my favorite kinds of beer to help the process along ūüôā ¬†More on bar keepers friend and brasso later…¬†2015-05-23 14.10.00

I removed the hardware from all of the drawers after cleaning and laid out all of my supplies on a moving blanket to prevent any potential disasters. You’ll also notice my ipad sitting there for entertainment (The Americans is my new favorite obsession), as I didn’t have the tv plugged in and set up yet at this stage.¬†2015-05-23 16.22.04¬† Before: The drawers were much cleaner but noticeably dry looking.¬†2015-05-23 16.29.16 ¬†After using the Restor-A-Finish (with a dab of it on a clean rag, just swiping over each drawer carefully), the drawers were noticeably much shinier. You can see the dullness of the couple on the left in this photo that hadn’t been done yet paired with the new sheen on the drawers on the right:¬†2015-05-23 16.34.02¬†They looked even better up close:2015-05-23 16.36.49 ¬†2015-05-23 16.39.57 2015-05-23 16.40.17 2015-05-23 16.40.21¬†This photo of the credenza isn’t the greatest quality, but you can see the outline of the wood is shinier and the legs improved a great deal.¬†2015-05-23 16.54.18¬†I left everything to dry for 45 minutes while I tackled the brass hardware.¬†2015-05-23 16.54.45 ¬†¬†I knew the hardware was in pretty bad shape but figured if I couldn’t fix it, I could easily purchase new similar handles. Here’s the before photos:2015-05-23 17.03.05 2015-05-23 17.03.06After a TON of scrubbing with bar keepers friend, (I don’t think the brasso did anything at all) a small miracle happened and the transformation was even better than I hoped for:¬†2015-05-23 18.44.47¬† ¬†They’re by no means perfect, but a huge improvement and work well with the character of the piece. Side note: bar keepers friend is a magic little powder (for only $2-3) but five days after using it, my poor hands are still dried out and gross, no matter how much lotion or scrubbing I try. I’d recommend using dish washing gloves or something protective for the hands next time…

While the hardware was drying, I also tackled this little chip on one of the legs…. with a brown sharpie. (Again, thanks to YHL for the tips!)2015-05-23 17.53.43¬†Much less noticeable:2015-05-23 17.55.07 ¬†Last step: I applied the feed-n-wax using another clean rag. Placed a quarter-sized bit on the rag and smoothed it over the surface of each drawer as with the restor-a-finish. They started to look even shinier and almost brand new after this step.¬†2015-05-23 17.59.45 2015-05-23 17.59.49 2015-05-23 18.08.39 2015-05-23 18.08.58¬†After putting the hardware back on and getting the tv/internet components set up in the drawers (more on that drama tomorrow) it was completely dark out, so this photo doesn’t nearly do it justice! Stay tuned tomorrow for the full reveal and styling!¬†¬†¬† ¬†2015-05-23 20.58.25A quick little reminder of¬†where it started…

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