Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Restore your Wood Furniture in 15 Minutes and for only $15

I feel like I am copying Geico's ad campaign by using the 15 minutes slogan, but these products are so amazing, so easy, and so affordable, that I have to share them with all of you.



Most DIY products and projects, require a learning curve, lots of time, and more money than you anticipate; but these two products continue to amaze me because they truly are fast, easy and affordable. For around $15, you can get both of these products, and a little goes a long way! I have done a few furniture pieces now using Howard's Restor-A-Finish and Feed-N-Wax, and I have used only a small fraction of each. Amazon, Lowe's and other major retailers sell them each for about $7-15, depending on the size you get.

Restore-A-Finish comes in 9 colors, but is so versatile that I have read many product reviews that say you don't have to buy one that is the exact match to what you are needing, just a close approximation. For this dresser I was debating between Dark Oak and Walnut, but because of the grain matching the Dark Oak example the best, I bought that color.
Courtesy of howardproducts.com
When I got this dresser for free, I wasn't thrilled that the top of it had seen better days. However, because it was solid wood, the drawers were roomier than what my boys had in their room already, and it was built well, I decided to see what I could do to refresh it. Since I would prefer a different stain color, I debated about re-staining it, or painting it; however, due to the cold weather, I didn't really want to deal with paint or stain not working well, nor did I want to work in a cold garage. 

I then remembered hearing about Restor-A-Finish, and loving the Feed-N-Wax that I had used on this Mid Century dresser. I had found the dresser on Craigslist for $20 almost a year prior, but was able to sell for $550 after spending less than $8 and less than an hour wiping on and off the wax:

Prior Project using only Howard Feed-N-Wax

 Before:



After



Using just the Feed-N-Wax, the color and the suppleness of the wood were restored--I was amazed. Here was a piece that was in need of nourishment as it was probably 50-60 years old. After just rubbing in the wax, and then wiping off the excess, it not only smelled good (like oranges), it felt good and it looked good. 


So when I got this:


I was excited to try Restor-A-Finish, to help restore a very patchy surface. 

For around $8, I ordered a can off of Amazon, and had it in my hands two days later (Amazon, I love you). I followed the directions on the can, used an old rag, and wiped it on. After a few minutes, I wiped off the excess. After just one application, it looked sooooo much better. Since it was so fast and easy, (like you really could do a kamikaze job of wiping it on and off and it would still look good,) I decided to apply it one more time within just a few minutes. 

After 30+ minutes of letting it sit, I then applied a coat of Feed-N-Wax. I let it stand about 20+ minutes and then wiped off the excess. 

That was it. 

I then had a "new" dresser for my boys' room:



You don't have to sand it. You don't have to strip it. You just get to restore it, and you can do so for around $15 and in less than 15 minutes (of your total effort).

Check out the many other satisfied customer reviews and before and after pictures on Amazon, plus see the available colors and prices that Amazon sells it for.

So if you have a wooden piece of furniture that is worn out, dried out, has heat rings, water marks, fading from the sun, etc., you really should try these products from Howard. I am not sponsored to say these things, just wanted to pass on some great products that will make you do a happy dance.
 

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