Since the wood of the dresser is all cleaned up, it was time to move onto the hardware.
I grabbed a can of Bar Keepers Friend to scrub the tarnish off them.
It took a bit to get into a groove of cleaning them. I found that wetting the hardware first, then sprinkling some of the powder on it and letting it sit for a minute, before scrubbing with a toothbrush worked best.
They’re so shiny now!
I got a little tired of scrubbing endlessly, and I liked a little bit of the tarnish on them, since it reflects where they came from. Now onto the dresser they go!
I was relaxing in bed on Saturday morning, when I heard a crash outside my window. I looked over and didn’t see anything amiss, so I chalked it up to someone outside making noise. A few hours later I got up to get more water, and glanced out the kitchen window.
“Wow, I can’t even see the screen,” I remarked to myself. A second later I did a double take and realized the screen was missing! I closed the window since it’s November, and I don’t need the window open anyway.
I walked out the basement in search of the screen, and found it on the ground a few stories below the kitchen window. I picked it up and it was bent.
The super was outside as well, and he suggested putting some screws to prevent it from falling out. Of course, he meant a new one, because this one is broken. I guess add a new screen to the list for next year!
After I had the dresser all oiled up, it was time to apply the wax. It was quite easy: apply to the wood with a rag, let sit for 30 minutes (or an hour), and then wipe off with a clean rag.
I ended up doing this twice to get the level of wax and sheen I wanted.
It’s hard to tell from the pictures how beautiful the wood is!
Now all that’s left is to restore the drawer pulls, and then I can put my clothes back in!
One of the great things about NYC is the variety of events. Yesterday, I attended an event at Pokee where we got to decorate a pumpkin, and then eat poke out of another one. Sorry, I was too busy eating to grab a picture of it…and I may or may not have eaten three servings…
It had been years since I decorated a pumpkin, so I was struggling for inspiration. Luckily, the restaurant was decorated with a Hawaiian theme–fitting given that poke comes from the Hawaiian islands. I googled the first thing that comes to mind when I think Hawaii: the hibiscus flower.
I used the hibiscus picture meant as a stencil for carving to draw onto my pumpkin.
It turned out pretty well! Now it has me dreaming of warmer–and drier–weather.
I finally finished stripping the dresser, which meant the next step was to protect and seal the wood! I chose to do this using oil and wax, as done by Manhattan Nest.
I went to my local hardware store to pick up some oil, and bought the wax at Home Depot (which I dragged a friend to after we had dinner).
The dresser top before was looking pretty rough.
The drawers weren’t much better.
I started by pouring some oil onto the top, and spreading it around with a cheap brush. It was amazing how quickly the beauty of the wood came back!
I poured some oil into a plastic cup to spread onto the sides and drawers.
The wood was very thirsty! It took quite a bit of oil until some sat on top of the wood. I think I went around the whole dresser three times, spreading the oil all around and applying more as necessary.
Once I was satisfied and had let it sit for about ten minutes, I took a clean rag and wiped up the excess. The dresser isn’t quite as shiny, but the beauty is still there.
I need to let it dry for a bit before I apply the wax, but I’m also contemplating doing another round of oil.
PS. My aunt asked on the last dresser post if it’s an antique. I feel like it is (because who wouldn’t want to own an antique?!), but there are no stickers or markings that would indicate this. So unless someone is very knowledgeable about furniture, I’m going to pretend it is!