The Antique Wardrobe & Its Spa Treatment

Happy Friday!

Mine isn’t has happy as it should be.  My camera card went haywire on me. 


Which means no pictures.

I had a different post drafted for today but when I went to load all of the pictures yesterday, I found that they were being held hostage by a faulty card.

Luckily, I only lost about 20 pictures since everything else is saved, but it is frustrating nonetheless.

After all, time is spent taking those “handful” of pictures. 

TGIF I guess.  I’ll be heading out today to get another card and hopefully be able retake those pictures this weekend.

Normally, I have a handful of posts ready and banked so I can work ahead, but work and my little vacation left me high and dry so to speak (I need to get that fixed!)

I decided to look back at some emails to get some last minute inspiration that didn’t require new pictures.  Over time, I have received emails complimenting or asking about my antique wardrobe in my great room.  A few weeks ago, a reader had come across it in a previous post and asked about the history.

Antique Wardrobe

We don’t know a lot, but what we do know is that it is from the mid to late 1800’s and survived a hotel fire in Belgium before making its way to the United States.  It is quite large and is pretty low maintenance.

I have a variety of antique and vintage pieces in my home and as I’ve mentioned before, I try to freshen them up once a year.

So for today,  I thought we’d do a brief “look back” at how I go about rehydrating the wood.

Before and After Using Restor-A-Finish On Antique Furniture (5)

These are the best furniture products.  Ever.

Howard’s Restor-A-Finish and Feed-N-Wax.



The picture also shows Minwax Paste Finishing Wax but after using it for a while, I decided I didn’t care for it as much and rarely use it anymore.

Here are some before and after shots.  If you can’t tell too much of a difference with the pictures, then blame the photographer.  The naked eye won’t lie to you.

Before and After Using Restor-A-Finish On Antique Furniture (4)

It is like getting a really good facial. 

Blemishes and imperfections are treated.

The wood is moisturized and the color returns.

Before and After Using Restor-A-Finish On Antique Furniture (2)

If you have a piece that you think needs to be stripped and stained, try this first.  It may just get it back to health and save you a lot of time and labor. 

It doesn’t work on everything.  Some surfaces are just too damaged to avoid stripping it down to the natural wood, but there are lot of pieces out there that just need a good spa day in lieu of plastic surgery.

Before and After Using Restor-A-Finish On Antique Furniture (3)

You can get all the details about the application and product information in my original post.  I have been using Restor-A-Finish for quite a few years.  I use it on my furniture pieces that I sell as well.  I think it is one of the most important products to have if you want to keep your furniture in tip top shape.  And no, I am not receiving any compensation for this – just sharing. 

Have a great weekend.  By Monday, I will be the proud owner of a brand spankin’ new….

…camera card.

Woohoo!  Can’t get anymore exciting than that, can it? !!

Be inspired,


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  1. Interesting! Shari do you put Restor-A-Finish over painted wood furniture too?

  2. I have those products and love them too!

  3. Love that piece!

    I’ve had that camera card issue before too and it stinks! TGIF anyway :)

    Have a great weekend,

  4. I love this piece, it is gorgeous.


  5. I need to get some of this. I have some furniture that could use some love. Your piece is stunning. Thanks for the info. Hugs, Marty

  6. Shari, this is funny. This is the 2nd post this morning where I have seen something about restore a finish! It is one of those well kept secrets. I use this product often as well. It saves so much time and effort, and it is always like watching a little magic take place as the beauty of the wood comes back. Sorry about your camera card, that stinks! Hope your weekend is relaxing. -K

  7. Hi Shari! I’m sorry to hear about your memory card mishap. This is a timely post for me as I was about to try to bring new life to a few old pieces of furniture I’ve had for a long time. I was going to use tung oil thinking that would be what my “thirsty” wood needed, but instead I will go out and buy the Howard’s products. I’m also in the market for a new camera. What are you using to take such nice photos? I’m looking at Nikon or Canon and I’m just a beginner looking to get started.

    Thank you,
    June G.

  8. would it be overkill to use the restorafinish as a regular maintenance product???

  9. I have made a note of these products and will look for them ASAP. My dining room furniture needs a spa day, for sure! The before and after pics are convincing!

  10. So true! There are a few pieces I need to do this with, but don’t want a too shiny look. Thanks for the reminder. Sorry about your camera card. We love technology until it doesn’t work!

    I hope you’ll come see My Daughter’s Master Bath Redo! #83 at Met Monday.


  11. So true! I’ve used these products for years and they are wonderful!!
    Visiting from Met Monday

  12. I’ve never used those products, but I think I’ll check into that! I can see a huge difference in the before and after photos…The proof is in the puddin’ ;)

  13. gorgeous piece -. With so many beautiful old pieces getting painted over, it so nice to see you leave the wood alone. I used to work in an antiques shop & Howard’s was one of our “go to” products for a quick refresher

  14. I hadn’t heard of this product, but have 3 pieces that need it. Thanks!