To use an old wooden cabinet in a wet, humid environment of a bathroom you should take some time preparing the wood. Proper preparation will preserve the antique wood and enhance its beauty, restoring it to a good condition and allowing your style and elegance shine. The preparation of wood for use in the bathroom and includes removing the old stain, wood stain again and seal the wood. You must decide if the toilet will have a sink installed in or near the well as the amount of water that will be exposed to determine the type of finish used.

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Delete the original finish of antiquity. Sand the finish using fine sandpaper, grit 100-150. Wipe surface after sanding with a damp cloth. Apply a chemical stripper to finish. Use the chemical stripper to reduce problems during cleaning. Use rubber gloves to protect your hands from chemicals. Allows the chemical remover sit on the finish. Start stripping the old finish once it is soft and sticky and can be peeled with a knife.

Clean the chemical remover timber with water. Use 120-grit sandpaper to sand until the surface is smooth to the touch and then use 220-grit sandpaper. Cleans with a damp cloth to remove any residue.
Apply a thin layer of oil-based stain. Although there are different varieties of stains, oil-based is the best choice for wood that will be in a bathroom. Apply a second layer thicker than the first layer after it has been absorbed into the timber but before it dries. Use a rag to apply the stain and rub in the direction of the wood grain of the wood instead of going against it.

Remove excess stain with a clean cloth and allow the wood to dry completely. Apply a very thin layer of sealant on the dry surface. Applies evenly , allowing to dry and then sand the surface with 400 grit sandpaper. Wipe surface with a dry cloth. This will seal the stain.

Sealant applied in several layers, sanding between each coat. Uses a polyurethane sealant medium to high gloss finish and is water resistant and durable.

Choose a mirror with an elegant touch of antiquity to compliment your restored antique dresser. Hang the mirror on the wall directly behind the toilet or attach it to the toilet itself. Avoid excess water settle directly on the wood and install an exhaust fan (if not already installed) to ensure proper ventilation and reduce moisture in the bathroom.