When I found this dresser for a friend, it also came with a matching mirror. The kind that attach to the back of the piece on stilts. You can kind of see it sticking out the top, reflecting another chest of drawers.
Luckily for me, she didn’t want it as a set, and I loved the look and size, but not the speckled finish or the color.
A few areas of the veneer started to bubble, so my first step was fixing those by applying glue under and clamping it until dried.
Then, to remove the stain, I generously spread Citristrip over everything, letting it work its magic.
Just like scraping off popcorn ceilings, the process is satisfying and oddly similar. Instead of using a wide metal spatula, I used a narrow plastic tool to gently remove the old finish.
One thing I really dislike about using a paint stripper is the clean up. But, with such a small area, I didn’t have the option to sand instead. To clean the residue, I brushed on a little paint thinner, then scrubbed the grooves with an old toothbrush. Flat areas are easier to clean with an old rag. After all that, I had my clean slate.
For a little color and protection, I rubbed on two coats of Dark Walnut tinted Danish Oil. The coloring isn’t as strong as a stain, and can be applied as needed. I wasn’t looking for a new mirror, but I swapped the one in the main bathroom for this handsome fella because I like him so much. The mirror already had hooks on the back, so we strung 100 pound picture wire to hang it. To accommodate the slightly taller size, we did raised the two wall screws a few inches.
Adding that small dose of natural wood brought in so much warmth and texture, making the once white space feel layered and earthy.
This frame is two inches narrower and three taller than the old frame, so it makes the ceilings feel a bit higher.
A serendipitous change for the main bathroom, that just proves changes are always taking place, even when unplanned. That white mirror will be saved for the basement or pool house half bath, so it won’t go to waste either.