Restoring wood furniture with Howards

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There are few things more satisfying that giving new life to old or worn out furniture. As you may know, we love Howard products. Most of the furniture we buy to re-sell is in pretty good condition. Sometimes they need new knobs, or some legs re-attached. But usually, we can just bust out the Restor-A-Finish and clean it up! It is just amazing how scratches disappear and the wood gets a new shine. But why take my word for it? Check out some before and afters…

This card catalog had great structure but was covered in scuffs, mild scratches and some paint flecks.

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I did one side with restor-a-finish and…

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Voila! night and day right? It’s really amazing stuff. ( I of course did the other side after taking this picture…)

The most recently finished project is a mid century dresser by Bassett. As you can see I used Restor-a-finish on the top half. It not only hydrates the wood, it also fills in the smaller scratches (since it’s tinted) and since you apply with steel wool, it buffs away any residue and paint flecks, it’s like using really light sandpaper.

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Or in the case of this dresser, to get rid of some unwanted stickers (I also used goo-gone and a razor on the sticker)

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The dresser also needed some new knobs. Then it was golden! After I cover it with restor-a-finish, I let it sit for a minute and then wipe the whole thing off with a rag.

Note: The tone of Restor-a-finish doesn’t matter as much as you might think, some are darker (like the ebony) but I used golden oak on this dresser and it turned out just fine!

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This coffee table had some major scuffs and worn finish that restor-a-finish couldn’t completely cover, but, they are far less noticeable now.

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Here at the AP, we use Restor-A-Finish the most and carry it at the shop for $8.50. But we have also loved

  • Howard Butcher Block & Cutting Board Oil
  • Howard Feed N’ Wax
  • Howard Butcher Block Conditioner
  • Howard Leather Conditioner Cream

For more information on all Howard products check out their site here. And if you refinish/restore/condition or spruce up something at home email it to us, we’d love to see! {antiqueplaza@gmail.com} Good luck!

P.S. We aren’t the only ones who love Howard Products, check out these other bloggers reviews hereherehere, & here

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