Before and After: Rena’s Lane Acclaim Dresser

We get asked lots of questions about refinishing and repairing vintage furniture, but we rarely get to see the fruits of our advice. A few weeks ago Snag reader Rena contacted us through the comments section of a before and after post on Kroehler Avant chairs, curious about how to refinish her Lane Acclaim dresser. Having been down that road a few times, we were able to give her some pointers. Fortunately for us, she shared her results.

Before - whole piece

Rena’s dresser wasn’t a total train wreck; the drawer fronts were in fairly good shape. But the top had several issues, including spots worn completely bare, widespread scratches and a large water ring.

Before-ring is on upper left was 3D and nasty

Rather than refinish the entire piece, we suggested she focus on the top and sides, using gel stain and polyurethane to match the original look. The results? Judge for yourself:

after - smooth!


AfterGreat work, Rena! If you’d like to see the advice we gave, check out the thread with our conversation here. We hope to do a post dedicated to Lane Acclaim in the future, but those directions should get you through in the meantime. Have you completed a great project you’d like to share? Send us pics at We love to hear from our readers!


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  1. Rena
    Posted October 11, 2014 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for all of your help, Snag Team! Your advice for refinishing was right on the money. The main thing I learned from you on this project is that hunting down just the right refinishing products makes all the difference compared to using generic hardware store products.

  2. Matt
    Posted November 15, 2017 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Looks great! What gel stain was used? I am about to refinish the same piece.

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