Let’s get started!

I am so excited about my learning project that it has been hard to reign myself in and take the necessary steps! I just want to get my hands dirty! As my first step I had to learn how to remove paint from my old dresser. This great YouTube video was a huge help to me.

I learned what I need to buy in order to get started. I need: CitriStrip, a paint brush, gloves, a mask, rags/ paper towels, a spray cleaner to remove wax and grime, a 5 in 1 painters tool, sandpaper, paper bag, Tung oil, slideez lubricant (for the drawers), and a stain or wood paint of my choosing.

Something I had to learn about was the language I was using. Was I refurbishing? Refinishing? Restoring? This article helped me understand the lingo!

Front view of the dresser I’m going to refinish
Back view. If you look closely you can see this dresser used to support a mirror. Too bad I don’t have that mirror!
Close up view showing a good view of the hardware that I am going to replace with something modern.
Inside drawer view displaying the layer of wall paper I need to remove.

This user on Tik Tok demonstrates how she removed stain:


1st video. In this video, I show you how I was able to remove the old dark stain from the table. #fixerupper #diy

♬ original sound – Cecy

3 thoughts on “Let’s get started!

  1. Jana, this looks like such a fun and rewarding project to base your learning project on! I too love to restore, refurbish and refinish old furniture! I love that you researched the language around this, I still am unaware of what the right terminology is for stuff like this so I am really looking forward to following your learning journey. Good luck, can’t wait to see the finished product!


  2. I am so excited to follow your blog!! One of the ideas I was considering was to refinish an old patio chair and table set, but ultimately I got a little intimidated. Hearing about your enthusiasm for your dresser and also viewing the video you have posted along with the list of materials needed has given me confidence that I could tackle this as well at some point this summer! I can’t wait to see your progress!


  3. I can’t believe I didn’t find your blog earlier! This is so interesting and fun to read, and I’ll definitely watch out for your posts so I don’t miss out on them again. Your project is so practical and rewarding— I definitely think that you’re going to have so much fun with it. I can’t wait to follow along your journey!


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