Refinishing a Chest

How to refinish a wooden chest

How to refinish a wooden chest

My husband and I found this amazing old chest while we were out antiquing and decided to take it home and refinish it to use as a toy box.  I could not be more pleased with how it turned out and how beautiful it looks in our living room.

Supplies:  Random Orbit Sander, 60 grit sand paper, 200 grit sand paper, hand sandpaper for nooks and crannies, stain, tung oil

1.  Sand down all the previous stains, paints and finishes.  We decided to leave some of the flaws un-sanded to give it a bit of character.  

2.  Stain with your preferred color.  We chose Minwax Early American.  Let stain dry at least 24 hours before applying the finish.

3.  We chose to use tung oil to finish instead of a polyurethane because we like a low gloss look better, but depending on what kind of gloss you prefer you may want to use polyurethane.  We used 3 coats of tung oil and just followed the directions on the bottle.  You have to let it dry 24 hours between coats and wipe it down after drying.