Sanding your way to a gorgeous wood grain!

Once in a blue moon, a piece with a salvageable top finds me. I get all giddy at the thought of revealing a gorgeous wood grain but I’d be a big fat liar if I said I enjoyed the labor involved! The work of sanding is lessened with the help of an orbital sander (the easiest all electric sanders) though so I thought I’d share my latest wood love and a few tips … just in case a salvageable piece finds you!

I started out sanding with 80 grit sandpaper to remove the bulk of the finish quickly then finished with 220 for a smooth even surface. If you’ve never sanded with an orbital sander, I have a few tips :)

  • Don’t apply too much pressure. Allow the weight of the sander to do the work for you.
  • Use the finest grit possible.
  • Work in sections and move the sander slowly. This will allow the sander, which moves in tiny circles, more contact with the surface. Moving it back and forth will actually take more time and elbow grease.

Incredible difference, right?

A to Z Custom Creations Dresser Makeover

I used Farrell Calhoun’s stain on this top then sealed it with Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil …  LOVE that stuff! Can you see the subtle sheen it gave?

A to Z Custom Creations Dresser Makeover

Before Hemp Oil

A to Z Custom Creations Dresser Makeover

After Hemp Oil


After staining, I painted the body with Benjamin Moore’s Weimaraner, aka, the most perfect neutral, mixed with Websters Chalk Paint Powder. I kissed the edges with a little natural distressing then sealed the piece with my Custom Clear.

Instant love!


A to Z Custom Creations Dresser Makeover



A to Z Custom Creations Dresser Makeover


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Smooches to you all and lots of love!



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  1. Linda Weeks says:

    boy, do I love that color, Weimaraner! And the top is a perfect complement to it. If I ever buy real paint again, that is the color to get! Hope they still make it!
    I’ve seen the color before and Pinned it many times. Thanks!

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