Bedside Story
An antique vanity stars in a new dual roll


With a simple lines and arching mirrors, antique vanities have an under-stated elegance that could enhance any bedroom. One owner saw something different in his handsome vanity: a pair of well-made, identical tables that would look perfect on opposite sides of the bed.

After the mirrors were removed, the tables were rubbed with Formby's® Furniture Refinisher, which did away with the dark varnish yet preserved the walnut's patina.. Then the wood was stained with a mixture of equal parts Minwax® Wood Finish™ Red Mahogany and Special Walnut stains to even out the overall tone and give the tables a more unified look. A protective topcoat of Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane Semi-Gloss completed the next chapter in the story of this nearly forgotten antique.

Tips & Techniques:

  • When mixing two stains to create a custom wood tone, test a couple of "recipes" before deciding how much of each to use. A dark stain usually works best on deep-toned wood while a light stain will have little or no effect.





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    Minwax® Wood Finish™ Red Mahogany and Special Walnut stains
    Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane Semi-Gloss