Woodn’t you?

Woodn’t you?

There’s something to be said about a quality refinishing job.  That something is: “Wooooo!”  (There’s probably a more eloquent something, but that’s the best I’ve got so far.  Feel free to chime in).

Better After reader Hilary had high hopes for this $30 Craigslist dresser, even though the previous owner thought it was a lost cause thanks to its multiple oil stains and scratches galore. Plus it had thin veneer top, and if you’ve ever messed around with those, you know they are next to impossible to repair.  But what the heck.  Why not try to salvage that beautiful solid wood first?

She veeeeery carefully sanded off the previous finish and stain, then did two coats of stain and many coats of poly to achieve this rejuvenated look.  New knobs from World Market to top it off, and she’s in business!  (The business of NOT selling it, that is.  This one’s a keeper!)



gorgeous refinishing job on a $30 craigslist dresser | betterafter.net |

gorgeous refinishing job on a $30 craigslist dresser | betterafter.net |



  1. May 27, 2014 / 3:45 PM

    I wood and did! 😀 Beautiful job Hilary!

    I have one just about the same in tiger oak. I refinished it and LOVE it. A bow front steals my heart every little time.

  2. LeeAnn
    May 27, 2014 / 4:02 PM

    Absolutely stunning!

  3. JD Georgia
    May 27, 2014 / 5:12 PM

    I love painted finishes, but I also love beautiful wood. I appreciate seeing a makeover where the wood is allowed to shine. Thank you. The knobs really do make all the difference. Very well done.

  4. May 27, 2014 / 6:24 PM


  5. Stephbo
    May 27, 2014 / 6:49 PM

    Beautiful! It’s identical to a dresser I own, except mine has a mirror attached and doesn’t have veneer. Great job!

  6. G
    May 28, 2014 / 7:48 AM


  7. Swan
    May 28, 2014 / 3:36 PM

    Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing!

  8. June 2, 2014 / 6:55 AM

    SO happy to finally see someone bring back the beauty of natural wood!!!! All too often I see someone repaint something like this and sometimes it looks awesome but the “born and raised” antique collector that I am, I often cringe when I see something this nice have PAINT slapped on it.

    This is such a well done job of refinishing!!!!

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