Hardwood Server Makeover

How to refinish a wood server.


You will need:

Angle grinder or palm sander
Sanding discs or flap discs (only if you’re using a angle grinder)
Stained sealer or
600 grit sandpaper for sanding between sealer applications.
backing board (only if the backing board and drawer bottoms need replacing)
3 x wrought iron handles


This cabinet was about to end up on the junk heap but I loved the style and decided to rescue it. Its been hiding in the garage for about 5 years because I never really had anywhere to put it until we covered the patio and I thought its a nice piece to place outside my bedroom window. It will double as a server and the bottom drawer is long enough for the kids bats, balls and wickets. The two top drawers will be perfect for fire lighters, placemats, table cloths and bug repellent paraphernalia.


Once again I used my trusty angle grinder to sand it down. You will be left with a lot of chatter marks when you’re using a normal sanding disc and not using a far more superior flap disc. I sanded the marks left behind by the grinder away by hand. I removed the bottoms of all the drawers which was made from some veneered wood which was starting to warp. This will be replaced with new backing board.


This is a teak stain with sealer after 3 coats which I’m not to happy with. This will be sanded lightly for a darker finish that will be more suited to the existing wood finishes we have on the patio. The handles for the drawers I will probably find at a flea market as all the hardware stores have gone contemporary mad and stock nothing for their customers who love things a little more classic.


I sanded the teak finish away and applied Genkem Novadye in Antique Oak.  I was pleasantly surprised to find some suitable drawer handles at Midas. This finish ties in better with the existing wood finishes we have on the patio. At this point its not sealed yet, that’s left for another weekend as I’m ready to start on my Dining Room Table Makeover.


The bottom drawer is perfect for the kids bats, balls and wickets, so now the kids and adults can live in harmony on the patio.

One thought on “Hardwood Server Makeover

  1. Goοd post. I learn sоmething new and challеnging οn blogs I stumbleupon every day.
    It will alԝays bbe exciting to read artcles fгom othher writers anԁ use a little ѕomething rom other web sites.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s