Before & After: Broken Wardrobe Gets a Worldly Weathering

published Feb 28, 2015
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(Image credit: Marlane Barnes)

Marlane spotted this broken wardrobe at a thrift store. She decided with a little love, it could be a solid replacement for an IKEA piece.

(Image credit: Marlane Barnes)

From Marlane:

I got this 1930s wardrobe for $50 at my local thrift, broken pieces and all. It seemed like the wardrobe had once been dropped, but other than that it was in good condition. Definitely old, but not a priceless antique. When I got it home, it was a lot more broken than it had looked! With a crowbar, pliers, some well-placed screws and wood glue I was able to get it back together. Then I re-finished it with a circular sander and a diluted application of Miniwax Weathered Wood Stain, using one rag of wood conditioner in one hand and one rag of stain in the other! This cut the application so it didn’t go on too strong. Then I finished it using wood wax. I wanted to do this without having to use wood stripper or polyurethane, and I think the end result is beautiful! The wood wax gives the whole thing a soft glow.

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Thank you Marlane!