Sunday, November 7, 2010

Shut.the.front.door.

My friends, Howard's Restor-A-Finish is the meaning of life.  If I could ask Restor-A-Finish advice about life decisions and career moves, I would.  This stuff knows what it's doing!!  Let me show you what it did for my washed out and mistreated dresser just last week.  Here is the before:
And the rich, sparkly (still slightly wet) after!  Holyslapmyfaceandcallmeshirley!
Oh yes, this is the same dresser.  No, it isn't the same room or the same lighting....but the results still speak for themselves.  I used the Walnut shade because restorers online suggested using it for nearly every shade of wood except very light tones. 
This stuff is a miracle worker, obviously.  Another before:
Those white marks were actually paint transfers.  I took some Goof Off* to these areas prior to using the refinisher, and it all came off!  And after:
Hot Dang!  Woo hoo!  Front scratches before:
And 'holy cow' after:
When I was able to pick my jaw up off the floor, I let the Restor-A-Finish dry overnight, then coated the entire piece with a nice thick layer of Howard's Feed-N-Wax, and buffed out the excess after about 30 minutes. 

This stuff smells delicious thanks to the orange oil, and it makes your furniture glow with a soft luster.  It will harden up and protect the furniture after application, but it smells so good, I just want to keep applying it!   So, mine may never harden up like it's supposed to.  Maybe I should just start using it as a body lotion instead?   Here is the dresser after a dried coating of the Feed-N-Wax:
I love the soft sheen!  Both products were just wiped on with old towels, in case you are curious.  There was nothing complicated about the application.  So, who's going to buy some Howard's products to fix up their old wood furniture?  Or maybe a better question is, who isn't going to buy this stuff??

* in my first post about this dresser, I said that Goof Off didn't work to remove the bad spots - I guess I didn't try very hard back in March!!  ha

30 comments:

Callista said...

Holy schamolians! That stuff is incredible. Thanks for the debrief. I've bookmarked this for future reference.

Katie said...

i love restor-a-finish!! i've used it on a lot of the woodwork and doors in my house too, it does wonders. thanks for reminding me, i still need to do all of the woodwork downstairs.

your dresser looks amazing!

Pine Tree Home said...

Totally cool. Amazingly great transformation.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I have always wondered about that stuff. Thanks for putting my doubts to rest! The dresser looks as swanky as it must have when it was new!

Sara said...

Looks great! We have a beautiful antique buffet server sitting in the basement (for about 6 months now!) that needs some major attention! Thanks for showing this product! :)

Vonda said...

Oh WOW! Where can you this stuff? My dining room table really needs some work!

Kerry at just-you-wait said...

Holy cow, that looks INCREDIBLE!!! Great job!!

Lisa said...

Bananas! Looks awesome.

The Brick Cottage said...

Incredible! I now HAVE to try it someday!

Erin from Skoots and Cuddles said...

i see some howards in my future :) thanks for the post... i can't wait to get some for myself!

threeacres said...

Oh my that looks great! I'll have to remember this for our dining room set we want to refinish.

-Kasey said...

That looks awesome!

Marcie said...

That's amazing! Can you use it on wood floors?

kitliz @ DIYdiva said...

Oh my god, that's amazing. As soon as I have a house finished enough to put furniture in, I'm getting some!

Pigeon said...

Holy cannoli, that looks amazing. If only I hadn't painted every piece of furniture in our house, I'd be trying it.

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

Wow! It looks fabulous!

Jamie Lee said...

I've heard amazing thins about Restor-a-Finish, but now I'll definitely have to try it on something. It looks amazing.

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

Holy! This looks amazing! I love that you kept the wood visible and didn't paint over it!!!

Cindy said...

Will it work on wood floors?

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

I wanna try this stuff now.

Kelly

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Wowza!! I'm glad you posted about this, because I've thought about buying the Howard's Restor-A-Finish before, but didn't know if it would work. In fact, I thought about using it on the top of my console table before I decided to do the poly stain instead.

Anyway, your dresser looks awesome!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Just wanted to throw out there that Restor-A-Finish is not meant for wood floors. It's meant to restore finishes other than poly, which is what most wood floors are coated with.

Life in Rehab said...

I am on this like my oldest son on a bucket of chicken! Thanks for the tip, you're about to save me hours of work!

Deb said...

I am in awe. (I'm also on my way to the store to pick some up.) That stuff is amazing!!!

Bunny @ 86n It said...

I'm sold!

Jean said...

Holy mother of God, that stuff is amazing! Try it on the antique desk!

robert robillard said...

WOW - well done, incredible end product

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

This looks so good Sara! Awesome awesome awesome job!

glamourpuss said...

loverly!!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This is seriously amazing. I can't believe the difference. I have a few pieces I wanna try it on.