Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Everyone has an old piece of furniture in their home that they wish they could revive. Monica Chavez of House of Esperanza shows us how to take an antique piece of furniture and refinish it using Varathane Premium interior wood stain.

Hi everyone! Monica Chavez here with a super simple furniture refinishing project.

I have a collection of vintage and antique sewing machines with tables accumulating in my furniture hoard pile. It was time we brought one in for a refresh.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

We decided to give new life to a tall and narrow sewing table using Varathane Premium interior wood stain from The Home Depot.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

This sewing table in particular was found at an estate sale for $5!  FIVE DOLLARS.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

This piece needed lots of attention as it had been well loved in its prime. I also wanted to take the opportunity to make it more my style.  Varathane Premium Fast Dry Interior Wood Stain in Ebony was going to be exactly what I needed to get it there.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Supplies

We gathered our supplies which included the Varathane wood stain, Varathane Water Based Interior Polyurethane in clear satin, orbital sander and sanding discs of various grits, a foam brush, lint free cloth, drop cloth, and drill to disassemble the sewing table.

Prepping For Stain

We removed the top table pieces and hinges in order to sand/stain the pieces properly.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Prepping the surface for the new stain was going to first require removing the weathered old layer of stain with an orbital sander.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Using various grits of sanding discs in succession from coarse to super fine will give us a clean and smooth finish on the wood.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

We always sand in the direction of the wood grain.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Every part of the sewing table received the same treatment to remove the old stain.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Once we were done sanding all of the pieces down, we vacuumed up any dust and wiped everything down with a lint free cloth.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Applying Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

After stirring the stain thoroughly, we used a foam brush to liberally it on all of the sanded portions of the sewing table.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

We allowed the stain to penetrate for 2-3 minutes, wiping with a lint-free cloth to remove the excess stain.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

The coverage of the Varathane Premium is so good it only requires one coat.  This Ebony stain color is exactly what I was hoping for!

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

The longer you let the stain sit before wiping off, the darker the color.  I mean, just look at that beautiful wood grain.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Applying Varathane Ultimate Polyurethane

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

We let the wood stain dry for 1 hour before grabbing the water based top coat.  The Varathane Ultimate Polyurethane was going to give us the protective finish a side table requires. At the same time letting the beautiful Ebony wood stain shine thru the crystal clear layer.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

With a clean foam brush we applied the stirred polyurethane along the direction of the wood grain in one smooth even coat.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

This coat dried to the touch in 2 hours and gave us an abrasion and scratch resistant surface. After 48 hours the pieces were cured and ready to be reassembled.

Makeover Complete

Before and After

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

My only regret is not having done this project sooner! This table quietly stores a vintage sewing machine but has new purpose as the perfect side table.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

So if you too have a hoard pile of furniture calling your name, grab yourself some Varathane Premium wood stain in a shade that fits your style!

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

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Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

Repurposing furniture can be an easy and rewarding DIY projectAshley Basnight of Handmade Haven shows how a quick coat of Varathane Premium wood stain can transform an old piece of furniture into a beautiful brand new masterpiece.

Who doesn’t love bringing a furniture piece back to life? When I first started blogging, furniture repurposing was actually how I got started. Refreshing a piece always brought me a sense of enjoyment, so I was super excited to take it back to my roots and transform this dresser.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

Lately, I have been working on my master bedroom refresh and needed a dresser to complete the look. Luckily, while browsing online, I was able to find this incredible piece of furniture. I knew with a little love, it would be the perfect addition to my bedroom.

I am happy to walk you through the process of how I gave my dresser a refresh and hopefully it inspires you to dust off that old piece in your house!

Materials Used

First, things first, I had to gather all of the materials I needed to get this dresser looking great again.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

Step 1: Furniture Prep

Once I had all of my materials gathered, it was time to prep the piece for stain. The first thing I did was remove all of the hardware from the furniture piece. I took off all of the drawer knobs and took off the little metal casters on the bottom.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

It was evident that the dresser had some sort of top coat and stain on it, so I knew I wanted to strip the dresser completely down, so that the new stain could adhere well to the furniture piece. I first went in with my disc sander with 80-grit sandpaper to get the existing finish off.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

I opted to use my disc sander because they are super powerful, they take the finish right off; you do want to make sure you are taking your time when sanding and not pressing down to hard, to prevent rings in your furniture, but the disc sander will get the job done.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

There were a few trim pieces on my piece and some corners on the sides that I couldn’t get with my disc sander, so I used my Corner Cat Sander and Dremel MultiMax to get into those tight corners. I love using my Dremel because it comes with so many cool attachments to help with jobs like these.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

Once I got all of the finish sanded off, I was amazed at how good the dresser looked with the natural wood, I almost wanted to leave it that way. I knew at this point that the project was going to turn out great.

After sanding it all down with 80-grit, I went back through and sanded it down with 220-grit sandpaper to smooth out the surface.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

Step 2: The Staining Process

Now for the fun part; the staining process. It took me a while to decide which color I wanted to go with at first, and I almost went with weathered grey but decided that the Varathane Premium Dark Walnut would go better with my bedroom decor.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

The best part about this wood stain is that it doesn’t require a wood conditioner; a step I normally do when building furniture. It also has a one hour dry time, which for me was appealing because I can’t get my furniture in the house fast enough once its dry.

Before staining. I made sure to blow off any sawdust from the sanding and wiped down the dresser with a damp rag and then let it sit to dry and I was ready to get to staining.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

When you open your stain, you want to make sure to stir it up really well. This will ensure all of the particles are mixed well and you’re ready for application.

I opted to use a foam brush to apply the stain because it makes it really easy and less messy.

You will want to apply a nice coat on your piece. When I dipped the foam brush into the stain, I quickly noticed that it was really thick; I knew that the one coat coverage was going to do the job.

After applying the stain, I let it sit for around 5 min. The longer you let the stain sit, the richer the stain will be. After letting it sit, I used an old rag to wipe off the excess stain. This step is very important; you want to make sure you don’t leave all of the stain on the dresser. Or else your piece will be sticky and blotchy.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

I went through in sections and applied the stain all over the dresser. I would stain one side and then wipe that side off and proceed to the next side. You want to make sure you apply your stain in sections, to ensure a nice even look.

Once I finished staining the outer part of the dresser, I knew I had went with the right color choice. Varathane Premium Dark Walnut stain was so rich.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

After staining the outer part of the dresser, I almost went with the two-tone look because the stain looked so pretty with the natural wood. But decided against it and began staining the drawers. The foam brush really made the application easy with the trim on the doors.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

After staining the dresser, I let it sit for an hour to dry and man was it looking good. I decided to put one top coat of polyurethane for protection and added on some golden knobs to give it a fresh look.

The Transformation

This Varathane Premium wood stain really brought my dresser to life and it looks amazing in its new little corner. I love how easy it was to transform this old piece and give it a fresh new look.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

If you are thinking of transforming an old dresser, Varathane Premium Wood Stain can get the job done.

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