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Project Dresser Rehab – Finally complete…

Like a looong time ago.  Back in October I shared photos of an old dresser in our master bedroom that was in desperate need of a makeover.  Seriously.  Well, the thing is I did the makeover like months ago, but never got around to taking any photos of it once completed.   See the problem was that it’s new home was the landing at the top of the stairs and there is zero natural light  in that spot any time of the day, so it was impossible to get any decent photos.  This past weekend I did some furniture rearranging and swapped the dresser with a bookcase (another makeover project) in our bedroom.  Then just like magic – presto chango –  there was natural light!  Let the picture snapping begin.

First here is the dresser in it’s previous state…

old dresser

Don’t the cords just add to the overall beauty of the piece?  Anyways, the makeover was fairly straight forward.  I knew painting the base of the dresser was really the only option due to it’s rough condition.  Stain would not be able to hide all those dings and scratches.  First, I removed the handles, then filled any deep dings with wood filler and then sanded the whole thing down.  The top was still in really good condition, so I sanded that down to bare wood for staining.

Once all the prep work was done I mixed up some homemade chalk paint for the base.  It took 2 coats for good coverage.  Then distressed it a little bit before wiping dark walnut stain all over it to age the paint.   The top received two coats of the same dark walnut stain used to distress the base, which came out a nice rich color on the maple wood top.  After everything dried, I applied paste wax to the base and two coats of polyurethane to the top.

Here it is AFTER…

old dresser makeoverThe base is a light grey chalk paint that darkened when the stain was wiped over it.  The bottom drawer is warped, which makes it look like the handle is on crooked, but I think it just adds to the character of the piece.

I love the dark stain of the top paired with the light gray of the base…

glass knobsThe glass knobs I found at Hobby Lobby (50% off sale).  I had originally hoped to salvage the last handle (not shown in the before photo), but it was beyond repair.  In the end, I’m glad it was too far gone because I really like the little glass knobs.

dresser rehabI think the distressing works so well on this piece because it was in such rough shape there was no way to really disguise all the damage might as well highlight it instead.   This once abused looking dresser will now be able to perform it’s duties (we use it for storing extra bed sheets and towels) for many more years to come without being such an eyesore.


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31 Days of Get it Done: Day 1 – Ladder Removal

This year I am joining the Nester in her 31 Days of writing about something every day in the month of October.  My topic:  Get It Done.  My goal is to complete and blog about at least 1 task or project a day that I have either thought about, talked about or procrastinated about for more than a day.  And, lucky for me that list is plenty long enough to carry me through the month of October and beyond.  Some of the projects will require more than a day to complete, especially those that involve painting or staining, so I’ll just spread those out as necessary.

Day 1:  Get the Ladder out of the Dining Room

Really?  You’re thinking.  Yes, really.  The dining room has looked like this for at least 2 weeks now (maybe 3).

dining room ladder

See I hung all the curtains in the dining room and front living room and then realized that I needed to adjust the height of the bar (I learned how to DIY the curtain rod here).  The curtains were hanging a little too long.  I wanted them to barely brush the floor and they were about an inch and half too long.  So I was a good girl and readjusted the height of both bars and filled all the holes in the drywall, but then must have lost steam while waiting for the filler to dry because that’s where I stopped.  I intentionally left the ladder thinking it would keep me motivated to finish things up… ummm, apparently it takes more than a ladder to motivate me.

But, today I finally ventured into the basement and brought up the spare paint (a giant 5 gallon bucket) left by the builders and finished the job.  If you look closely you can see the white spot under the middle bracket is gone.  And, most importantly the ladder is out of the dining room and back in the garage where it belongs.  Yay!

no ladder dining room

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