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Side view of Malavett's dresser.

Mark and Barbara Malavet's Bedroom Furniture Reborn

This month we proudly honor Mark and Barbara Malavet, of Bristol Rhode Island for their master craftsmanship and wood finishing technique

Dear Minwax,

When I was a young boy, this is the furniture that my parents bought me for my bedroom. At the time furniture was not the most important thing in my life. Through the years it served its purpose and lasted into my adulthood. When I got married, like many newlyweds, this became part of our first bedroom set. Now as a father of three young children, the furniture has moved into our daughters' bedroom.

Through the years refinishing the furniture has always crossed my mind, and now that it has gone to my daughters I decided to take on the project. First, the furniture needed some repair, like replacing the tracks for some of the drawers. Next I thoroughly sanded the dressers. With great anticipation, the process of staining was about to begin. It was highly recommended that we use Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner... right away I started to see the results of the sanding as the natural beauty of the wood starts to show itself off. Next we wanted a more youthful modern look so we stained the top surface with the Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain Decorator Tint color Dusty Rose which was so easy to apply that kids got in on the act! They stained the knobs of the dresser "all by themselves". For the rest of the surfaces we applied 3 coats of Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain White Oak. The project was then completed with 3 coats of Minwax® Polycrylic® clear finish.

Well, by using Minwax® products, a little elbow grease and a couple of new knobs, my daughters are very happy with their "new" furniture that their dad "made for them. I also have the feeling that this furniture that I didn't think much of as a kid has a whole new meaning to a new generation. Not bad for a company that "Makes and Keeps Wood Beautiful".