When wax happens.


Furniture wax sucks.

If it isn’t noticed, it will bring a furniture refinisher to their knees. Guess what I do for a living? You guessed it! Furniture refinishing. Well, I say furniture artist.

Do you see this gorgeous dresser? Beautiful and unassuming? Insert eye roll here.

It is covered in a fine layer of wax. Sighhhhhhhh. And guess who didn’t see it? This girl! Booooooooooo!

Proper furniture prep is a must!

This means proper cleaning and sanding of everything. I still can’t believe I missed the bloody wax! Unfortunately, some times you do just that, miss it.

We did our usual routine of TSP cleaner and a good sanding. It looked good! It really did! So good, that I went ahead and applied the shellac based primer. That stuff sticks to ANYTHING! But not on this one. The jerk.

After priming, we always sand the primed surface smooth. As I was sanding out the the primer, certain areas were literally flaking off. RED ALERT! So. Not. Good! This meant scratch testing the entire piece. As you can see in the above pic, there were quite a few trouble spots. Wax in all of the nooks and crannies. Once again, ughhhhhhhh! These areas needed to be taken care of before going any further.

I spent the next 3 hours using a flat head screwdriver and a hunk of heavy-duty sandpaper to remove the crap areas. You can see said items sitting on top of the dresser. 😂 My hands HURT!

I needed a beer after that 3 hours. True story!

Not fun, but worth it!

In the refinishing world, things like this happen once in a while. I have been doing this for 5 years and this still happened to me! Every problem that pops up is a lesson. You can bet your ass that I will be double checking for wax for the next while. But let’s get real, this will catch me again.

Now here she is, getting all fancy! I just need to pick a color to go with all those crazy flowers.

Will I make my money back after putting in so much extra time? Lord I hope so! I have to say, those curves were worth all that pain!

I would love to hear about your furniture refinishing mishaps and how you fixed them. Tell me your story in the comments!



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