Sunday, May 29, 2016

Makeover Monday 6 – Polyshade Makeover


I can hardly wait to share this makeover with you! I feet I made a break through with discovering a new product that did wonders to a piece of furniture! Maybe it’s nothing new to some of you, but for me it was.

As I type I’m almost twelve hours away from home, at Hilton Head, SC. Hubby, the boys and I came down here with a load of furniture that we hauled for someone and decided to stay an extra day. Unfortunately it has rained most of the time. Though the rain is a nice warm rain, it did hinder us from having beach time. We got to explore some shops and of course have spent a lot of quality time as a family traveling for hours together.


Nobody did anything strange, such as chewing tobacco or mannerlessly feeding their face with cotton candy.


(Read the label carefully before reporting us!)


Then there’s always the bubble blower..


As the rain started to move in, we were blessed to see a double rainbow in the mountains. I wasn’t able to get both of them in the picture, but you can see the beauty of one of them..


Okay, enough of our travels and back to the makeover.

I had the privilege of working with a family heirloom that is dated way back to the 1800s! The beautiful old cupboard needed to be renewed and I admit I was a bit nervous to try something new with it, but it ended up turning out great then!

This is the product I did a little research on and ended up using on the hutch.


The product can be used over old stain, without removing it. I tried to pick out a color that was close to the original. The name “honey” sounds like a light brown color, but this ended up being one of the product’s darkest colors.

Here is a picture of the piece before I did anything with it..


I sanded the cupboard down, to remove any dirt and peeling finish.

I then began to apply the stain using a bristle brush.


I am so impressed with this product! It did a great job of renewing the piece and it wasn’t difficult to accomplish.

The after..


The hutch is made of various types of wood, which adds character to the piece. The bottom right door is naturally worn on the top left corner from people taking a hold of it to open it because of a missing latch. It’s so neat to think of all the stories this piece could tell!


This inside still has it’s original vintagey green color, which I love!


I am grateful to my friend/neighbor for trusting me to work on this piece! I love trying new things with paints and stains and have already used this product on my own makeovers.

So if you have an old piece, or any piece of furniture that you want the grain still showing and don’t want to go through the tedious and smelly process of stripping it, I would definitely recommend Polyshades, by Minwax.




  1. Oh my gosh! That is soooo gorgeous Mary!!

  2. Oh my gosh! That is soooo gorgeous Mary!!