The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never any use to oneself. ~Oscar Wilde
I’m so excited to show you how I did this planked top to my dresser; and to share an unbelievably simple and easy tip when you’re finishing wood! In case you missed it, go here to see the before and after of my dresser.
I don’t know about you, but I just love how the top of this dresser looks with the planking added to it.
I actually added the planking to give it a bit more height, but the wood really gives it that extra bit of “class”!
If you’re going to add planking to your furniture, you don’t have to paint or finish the top of it, for obvious reasons. I just did a bit around the edges and that was it.
I wanted the planking to extend beyond the edges of the dresser on all four sides, but not by much. I took my measurements and did plenty of calculations to figure out which wood and how much would be the best route to go. We bought the select pine boards from Home Depot; and after recalculating what I would need for a 1 x 3, 1 x 4, and 1 x 5, I settled on 1 x 4’s. We bought 3 boards and ended up having Home Depot cut them for us (there’s no extra cost for cutting). I ended up with 3 smaller pieces, one which I used here, and I have plans for another. They won’t be going to waste. Before I stained the boards, I did take my electric sander to all the edges to smooth them out a bit and not have them be sharp. I used Minwax Special Walnut to stain the boards. After staining, I applied 3 coats of Minwax Wipe On Poly in Satin and sanded between each coat (DO NOT SAND THE FINAL COAT OF POLY) with a very fine grade sandpaper.
OK everyone, here’s my special freebie tip for all of you…For your final sanding, take something like a brown paper bag (like the old grocery store bags or heavy lunch bags). Cut a piece similar to the photo above.
Fold it as if it were sandpaper, and sand over your boards!! If you’re doing it correctly, you’ll be able to run your hand along where it’s been sanded with the paper and where you haven’t sanded it yet; and you’ll feel a very noticeable difference! SERIOUSLY AWESOME!! When you stop to think about it, it’s nothing more than the friction of the heavy paper and the wood, just enough to make it feel like you bought this from a high-end store, like Ethan Allen, Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware!!
When you finally pull yourself away from feeling this awesome smooth-as-silk wood, you’ll lay them on top of your furniture and make adjustments before adhering it to your furniture. Make sure the ends of your board are even and they are all protruding exactly to the same measurements, so it’s not going on crooked.
Once you have everything exact, I carefully lifted one board, applied wood glue to the dresser surface and then carefully replaced the board, making sure the edges butted up to the other boards and everything remained straight and exact.
I started at the back, but you could start wherever. As soon as I had two boards glued down, I started adding a bit of weight to the boards. (I looked around for something heavy, and our baskets with the CD’s worked pretty well).
When you finish gluing all the boards in place, make sure the weight is applied all over the top, right to the edges! (Anyone know what I’m suppose to do with all my awesome Seinfeld Video tapes, now?) LOL!
This was after it finished drying. I left everything on the top of the dresser for about two days. Every time I walk by it or use it, I’m rubbing my palm along the surface, it’s that incredibly smooth. I wish I could let you rub your palm over it so you could run back home and do the same thing next time you finish wood!
FYI, I heard about this tip many years ago; and everyone I’ve recently spoken to about using this technique, has never heard of this before, including Mr. Cottage and others who have worked with wood. Have you?
I’m sharing this at these awesome link parties.