How To Refresh Vintage Wood & Celebrate Its Character

The Brick House

Morgan from The Brick House has shared her latest thrift find with us: an aged, tall dresser in need of some sprucing up. She uses an old wood regimen to breathe life into her vintage finds. The process is actually quite easy to do and the outcome is amazing.

While there are plenty of "how to’s" when it comes to reviving vintage wood, what I like about Morgan’s is her message about vintage pieces in general: they had a previous life. The harder the life they had, the cheaper it might be to give them a new one.

Morgan says this regarding her dresser:

Over the last sixty years it’s been used and misused. Vintage wear and tear goes with the thrifty territory, but I prefer to live with furniture that’s been well used and developed an understandable patina. This way, instead of fearfully living with a perfect museum piece, you can knock stuff around and use pieces day in and day out without getting heartbroken if something gets dinged or nicked.

After reading her preference, I raised my hand and sent her an imaginary high five. My house is full of those pieces. Just about every piece has at least one scratch or dent that’s on there for good. Morgan calls that aged wear "character" and she doesn’t mind adding to it. I feel the same and will use Morgan’s wood regimen on each piece all the while accepting those flaws and appreciating them as "character."

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