Monday, May 30, 2011

Craft: Dresser Up-Do

My mom knew that I wanted a dresser for Nick's room. I had been using a small plastic drawer thing, and we were running out of room for clothes. So she found this dresser in the trash, and snagged it for me. After a lot of cleaning.. it had to be brought back to life.

So other than the fact that it's good wood and a pretty frame.. it's ugly. It's screaming, "SAVE ME!"
Can you see the nicks and srapes? Oh, and you can't miss the ugly knobs & pulls.
Yup, it's in pretty crappy shape. As for the inside of the drawers.. we will talk about that later. I got plans for you buddy!
So, let's get to work. Firstly.. lay down a tarp and do this on a flat surface [cement, wood], unlike myself. Then get your spatula and wood filler. I have Elmers wood filler, mainly because it's cheap and a trustworthy brand. Then I did each drawer and the dresser frame. 
I used quite a bit of wood filler. Don't forget to sand it all down after the wood filler dries. You want a smooth surface to paint. I also filled in 2 holes where pulls used to be on the bottom shelf. I was missing 2 of the 4 knobs.. so the other holes needed to be filled.
While the wood filler was drying, I got my handy spray paint. Krylon Sesame Shimmer that I found on clearance for $2. 

Then I got those ugly knobs and pulls. Ignore the blue and other colors on that board. It's my paint me board lol. So I painted them this pretty color, and it dries in 15 minutes. BONUS!
So, after 3 coats of white paint.. Here's the finished color. I thought about distressing it, but it's Nick's room. Maybe he's not into the vintage like Momma is. I'll let him decide that better when he's older.
Here is the re-born dresser. It's looking mighty nifty, if you ask me! Yup, I'm awesome like that :o)
Let's take a look at those newly painted pulls now.. aww yes, beautiful!

Now I have 2 more pieces of furniture to paint in Nick's room, a room to paint, drawers to fancy up, toys to go through, and move the whole room around. So don't worry.. I'll be back shortly with more awesomeness!



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6 comments:

  1. Great job! That dresser looks great! Happy Memorial Day!

    XO Shar

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  2. Thanks Shar! Also, thank you for always stopping by and leaving your sweet comments. They make my day! Happy Memorial Day!

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  3. What a wonderful transformation!

    Not going to lie -- I'm a little sad & disapointed that you didn't impose your love of vintage upon your kid..

    Quite thoughtful but still sad.

    Ah well. Have a wonderful day!

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  4. You did a great job! The dresser looks cute! I swear I had that dressers twin and just refinished it last week for my son's bedroom.

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  5. This is beautiful! I really love that you used to original hardware, too.
    3 coats of paint...you're a pro!

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  6. Thanks Lesley! Yeah it was a long night too. After the first coat I had to pick up my dad from the airport. Then my 2 y.o. was finally asleep so I got to finish the rest a lot faster lol. Thanks for stopping by hun!

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