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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.


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


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.


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)


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!


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.



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


Over the last five years, the trend in “restoration” has been to take vintage furniture pieces and give them an update by spray painting them a different color, stenciling on a geometric pattern or decoupaging the heck out of the things. Adding something new to a worn-out piece is the obvious way to make it feel new too.


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How many campaign desks have we seen shellacked in a bold green hue? Or how many chevron patterns have zig-zagged their way onto dresser drawers? We admit, sometimes this is the way to go.


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But making something the best it can be, naturally? That’s often more beautiful than all the smoke and mirrors. This holds especially true for furniture that has great lines or history.  Restoring a piece back to it’s intended state is in essence, embracing what quality furniture is and will always be: timeless.

Trendy colors rotate at the hand of Pantone’s suggestions, and what you like today may not go with the decor you prefer tomorrow. I cannot tell you how many times we’ve spotted a beautiful piece that had been attacked by an over-ambitious DIY amateur. All too often we find ourselves falling to our knees, raising our arms and screaming to the vast sky, “WHYYYYYYYYYY!?”

Kat recently did a makeunder on her dining room table, and lots of people shared they were happy she didn’t paint it (one even mentioned she was afraid the after picture would include chevrons). So we thought we’d show you some great makeUNDERS we have found. They just warm our hearts!


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This Lane dresser Makeunder is truly impressive. It went from curbside material to showstopping jewel of any bedroom!


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This dresser had it’s own natural chevron pattern to show off, and we’re so thankful someone saw it’s potential! Simply stunning.


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You’d think the haphazard graffiti on this table would automatically make it unsalvageable, but NO! It just needed a little TLC. (Guests better be using their coasters on it now!)

Yes, restoring neglected furniture to its original glory is often harder than slapping a coat of paint on, but the rewards are also greater. Not only do they make the piece look and feel more expensive, but they’d make any designer proud.