Blushing Winner, That’s Me

By Kate Riley April 22, 2009

Commercial ready: Just call me Mrs. Minwax

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Okay, so I am not really doing a commercial. But I did refinish a dresser using Minwax products a month ago, and submitted the project to their website. I just found out they picked little ol’ me as the winner of the Minwax Project Showcase! Hooray!

I’m a Project Showcase Winner !

You may remember this project where I salvaged a dresser from the Goodwill store for my nephews. This solid wood, but badly abused, dresser originally cost $15. I refinished it using Minwax tinted stain in Antique Red and finished it off with Minwax Wipe-On Poly.


Water marks (removed with mayonnaise):

mayo condition

Burn mark:

burn mark

In Transition:

wood stain

before and after


dresser final

Minwax likes me! They really like me !

See my winner’s profile here on the Minwax website.

And if that’s not enough, stay tuned for my other Minwax product redos: a little bench, and my entire two story staircase.

So now it’s time to celebrate !


  1. Congratulations! And I’m pretty new to this blog, so I enjoyed seeing the dresser photos too.

  2. CONGRATS!!! That dresser is AMAZING! Looks just like the redish one from pottery barn that is a TON of money! LOVE IT!!! PS- I seriously am trying to buy two chairs from craigs list after finding your blog yesterday. WAHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

  3. Congrats! That dresser is gorgeous! I can't get over the before and after. And I never knew about taking water marks out with mayo! :>

  4. Mayo, eh? I have a Goodwill dresser that I have been neglecting. Maybe it’s time to address that water stain… Impressive before/after! Go make Minwax proud.

  5. Congratulations! I’m so impressed, I never thought something like that would be repairable so easily. I’ll be linking. Oh, and I saw the playroom on TYH-wonderful!

  6. CONGRATULATIONS! that is terrific news – I loved that project! I went to a thrift store today and thought of you, wondering what you would do with all the stuff that just looked like junk to me :-)

  7. Oh man! This looks FANTASIC!! Isn’t it the best feeling *ever* when you can revamp something you got for $15 and it looks that great! Great job! :)

  8. Congratulations! That dresser reno was TOTALLY award worthy–you deserve it!

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