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.
We decided to give new life to a tall and narrow sewing table using Varathane Premium interior wood stain from The Home Depot.
This sewing table in particular was found at an estate sale for $5! FIVE DOLLARS.
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.
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.
Prepping the surface for the new stain was going to first require removing the weathered old layer of stain with an orbital sander.
Using various grits of sanding discs in succession from coarse to super fine will give us a clean and smooth finish on the wood.
We always sand in the direction of the wood grain.
Every part of the sewing table received the same treatment to remove the old 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.
Applying 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.
The longer you let the stain sit before wiping off, the darker the color. I mean, just look at that beautiful wood grain.
Applying Varathane Ultimate Polyurethane
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.
With a clean foam brush we applied the stirred polyurethane along the direction of the wood grain in one smooth even coat.
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.
Before and After
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.
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!
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I love it when a DIY project can add functionality and beauty to my home! I love it even more when the project is super simple, requires very few materials and you can get it done in just one afternoon!
This DIY Is Fun And Easy To Do
Today I’m excited to share the steps on how I built the large wall shelves that I have in our home! I’m also going to share how to finish them, so they have a custom look that’ll help them to really stand out on your wall. Chances are if you have a garage with a few things on hand you won’t need to buy a lot for this project! I only needed to buy the three following materials to build this shelf.
Materials Needed To Build This Large Wall Shelf
- Two wood corbels like these ones I purchased from The Home Depot that are 7-1/2 in. x 5 in. x 14 in and called Basswood Mission Corbels.
- Two, 2×6 pine boards in whatever length you would like your shelf to be (I chose 8 ft.).
- Varathane Premium Wood Stain in the color of your choice (I chose Golden Pecan)
- Tack Cloth/Lint Free Cloth
Tools Needed For This Project
- Tape Measure
- Cordless Drill & 3 ½ inch screws
- Sandpaper/ Sanding Block (120+ grit)
- Compound Miter Saw (You won’t need to make any cuts if you purchase your 2×6 boards already at the length you want your shelf)
This project is super simple so you’re only going to need a few tools. You will need to cut your boards to length if you don’t buy them the length you want. My boards are 8ft and I am going to use the entire length. I am only going to cut off the rough end using my compound miter saw. You could also use a circular saw for this step if you don’t have a miter saw.
You will also need a cordless drill to attach the 2×6 boards to the corbels, either a sanding block or an orbital sander (I used a sanding block) and a level (for hanging the shelf).
Here’s a Helpful Tip to Consider Before Getting Started
Lumber, such as 2x6s, come with a rounded edge. If you don’t want your shelf to have that look you may want to take a ⅛ or an ¼ inch off both sides of your 2x6s by running them through a table saw. This step is totally unnecessary, but it will give your shelf more of a polished look if you take the corners off just ever so slightly. I don’t mind the rounded edge so I’m going to skip that step…just know it’s an option!
Once you have your boards, corbels and stain you are ready to start. The first step is to lay one 2×6 on the ground and then place both corbels on their backs (the side that goes up against the wall) and then decide how far in you want your corbels to be from the edge of the shelf. Since my shelf is 8ft long I decided to put my corbels 8 inches in from each end.
The longer your shelf is, the further in from the ends (towards the middle) you should place your corbels. This helps with support and it also looks better overall. If you are making a shelf that is a little shorter (like 3-4 ft long), try keeping the corbels closer to the ends. I would probably place them at 4-6 inches from the ends on a 4 ft shelf.
Using your cordless drill, screw two, 3 ½ in. construction screws into the top of the shelf and down into the top of the wood corbel.
Repeat that same step on the opposite end of the shelf. Make sure that your corbels stay flush to the board while you are attaching them. Now that you have the first board attached, place your second board in front of the first one and repeat the steps one more time.
Prepping The Shelf For Stain
You now have a shelf and it’s time to prep for stain! Ventilation is important so I like to work outdoors or in my garage with the doors open when sanding and staining! Because these corbels come pre-sanded this step is a breeze! Simply run a sanding block of 180 grit or more on any rough edges and remove any dust with a lint free cloth and that’s it! Now you’re ready for the fun part…finishing it with a beautiful stain! If you are working indoors/garage, be sure to use a drop cloth or plastic to protect your floors before staining.
How To Finish Your Custom Shelf Using Varathane Premium Stain
Choosing what stain to use is easy…I’ve been using Varathane Premium Stain for years on countless projects and it always does a beautiful job! I love using Varathane Premium Stain for my projects because it only takes one coat, it dries in 1 hour and there’s no need to apply a wood conditioner when using this stain! It’s easy to use and a little goes a long way! I love that I can rest assured knowing my projects are well protected.
Helpful Tip: If you are unsure about what color to use, try testing more than one color of stain on a scrap piece of wood before deciding or applying it directly to your shelf.
Varathane Premium Wood Stainhas lots of trending colors to choose from. For this project I used the color Golden Pecan. Some of my other favorite colors Varathane offers are Kona and Dark Walnut! Weathered Gray is also one I’ve used a lot and I love it. Sunbleached is also fantastic for getting more of a whitewashed look (like I have on all our interior trim and molding). I think it would be beautiful against a darker paint color on a wall. Because my walls are white shiplap, I think the Pecan looks great on this shelf helping it to stand out just enough without being overpowering!
Varathane Premium Wood Stain Application Steps
Always stir the wood stain before applying it to your shelf. I like to use a rag or cloth when I stain something this size. You can use a brush if you’d prefer (this is an oil-based stain so if you use a brush you can clean it easily with mineral spirits). I also recommend wearing gloves when using a rag to apply the stain. If you do use a rag, you want it to be wet but not soaking wet (not dripping). Make sure to thoroughly saturate the wood when applying the stain. Then remove any extra stain with a clean, lint free cloth making sure to pay attention to any areas where it may have run or dripped (like inside corners). If you do have a drip on the wood, be sure and wipe it up immediately before it has a chance to soak in. Repeat over the entire shelf.
Once your shelf is completely stained…let it dry for the recommended time of one hour and then you’re ready to hang it up! Projects like this are so fun and can really add so much interest to your home! I have made lots of these shelves over the years and I love how Varathane Premium Wood Stain can completely transform regular old, inexpensive 2x6s into a gorgeous shelf! No one would ever guess this was only pine underneath that beautiful color!
Hanging Your New Wall Shelf
These corbels are my go- to when building shelves because they come with a recessed bracket already on the back of them! When shopping for corbels…be sure to buy solid wood ones! The first time I tried this project I used faux wood corbels. They broke after being up on the wall for a few weeks and the entire shelf came crashing to the floor!!! Thankfully, no one was hurt! Lesson learned and that’s not a mistake I’ll make again!
You will need to make sure that you hit a stud in your wall when hanging your new shelf. Or, make sure to use a wall anchor that is rated for the weight of your shelf. My shelf is hung on my 1×4 pine boards (diy shiplap). I knew it would hold the weight of the shelf and anything that I put on top of the shelf!
I love a fun project that only takes an afternoon to build and looks fantastic when it’s done! Now that I’ve shown how simple this project is…I’d love to know who else is going to build their own shelf?
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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.
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!
First, things first, I had to gather all of the materials I needed to get this dresser looking great again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are thinking of transforming an old dresser, Varathane Premium Wood Stain can get the job done.
When I first started staining projects, unbeknownst to me, I was doing it all wrong. I made fundamental beginner’s mistakes and I wish I would have done some research, first! Now, I’ve learned the hard way the proper ways to stain using lots of trial and error and lots of research. And now, I bring all of this knowledge to YOU! If you’re reading this article, you’re probably about to stain—yay! I hope this tutorial is helpful for you to learn how to stain!
If you’re one to prefer video tutorials, I share these beginner steps AND a few intermediate/advanced steps over on my YouTube channel. Make sure you go check it out if you’re ready to learn a few extra staining tips (plus, I created the perfect recipe for the prettiest stain color ever, if I do say so myself)!
Step 1: Lightly Sand Your Wood
First and foremost, you need to sand your projects. This is a crucial step to making sure that everything else goes smoothly when you sand. I recommend you sand your wood with at least 120-150 grit sandpaper, but you can certainly go higher (if you have the patience!).
Step 2: Stain your Wood
- Before you begin this step, I highly recommend you test your desired stain on a leftover scrap piece of wood from your project—make sure it’s the same type of wood! Do this because it’s a large pain to remove stain if you don’t like the color. Be absolutely certain you’re staining with the right color! I picked a beautiful dark walnut color to blend.
- When you stain, use a rag or brush and paint the stain in the same direction as the grain.
- For these Varathane Premium stains, let the stain sit on your wood for 2-3 minutes to achieve a one-coat color. It may look slightly “darker” if you leave it on longer, but Varathane Premium stains are specifically created for one-coat staining, so one coat should be all you need!
- Vigorously wipe off all of the stain using your disposable rag. Don’t leave any extra stain on your project or it will be sticky to the touch.
Step 3: Let Stain Dry for 1 Hour
Before you seal your project, make sure it has enough time to fully dry. If you live somewhere that’s humid, this waiting time might take longer.
Step 4: Seal Your Wood
Especially for projects that will see any “wear and tear,” it’s recommended that you seal your wood. For the plant stands I’m staining, I’m opting for this Varathane Spar Urethane, which is a water-resistant sealant in case I spill any water as I water my plants.
- To seal your wood, use a paintbrush and use as few brush strokes as you can—this will help you avoid bubbles from forming.
- This urethane goes on milky in color and dries clear. Let each coat dry for 2 hours, lightly sand with high-grit sandpaper between coats, and add 3 coats.
- Let the urethane cure for at least 24 hours before you put into use!
I hope this helped you understand the basics of staining your wood projects! Don’t forget I share a LOT more tips for staining projects over on my YouTube video. Check it out, let me know what you think with a comment, and good luck staining!