A fantastic friend found this dresser on the side of the road and thought of me! Is it strange that I feel very honored and fortunate to have friends who would take the time and effort load a roadside freebie just for me? Oh wait, let me preface that by saying that those particular friends are also DIY'ers with amazing taste and equally amazing homes -- (please don't start dropping roadkill furniture on my front lawn) *worried half-grin*.
The before was definitely outdated, but had such nice lines! My friend thought I would be able to freshen it up with a coat of paint and new hardware... boy was she right. However it wasn't me or the friend who gave it to me that finally did the deed, it was yet another DIY junkie friend of mine, on the blog we call her Aunty 'L'. That poor dresser waited 4 years for someone to put it in rehab...what can I say, I just had so many other pieces of furniture that needed intervention first. Needless to say, I was grateful for help!
We opted to remove the upper shelf and just work with the dresser base. As always, I have salvaged what I could for other projects I have in mind, the wood will be put to good use!
Simple Steps & Elbow Grease
The steps sound simple enough, but let me tell you...we were exhausted by days end.
'L' started by giving it a light sanding while I filled the drawer holes with wood filler. I let the filler dry and also gave it a light sanding. 'L' then used a spray paint primer on the entire dresser and we left it to dry overnight.
The next day 'L' carefully painted it (several times over) using thinned coats of "Bleached Linen" Behr brand paint. Paint thinner and the right brushes work wonders to prevent painters streaks, and a couple coats of wipe-on polyurethane preserves the gorgeous new finish!
Besides covering the smudges and golden grooves, the paint also brightened up the dresser from the slightly yellowy white it sported before.
I have often drooled over many Anthropologie goods. Well, guess what incredible surprise 'L' had for me?!! Yep, Anthro knobs!! The hardware before is certainly princessy enough to please little girls, but a bit too traditionally elegant for my personal taste. I will definitely donate the old knobs to the Habitat for Humanity Resale Store nearby, they will suit someone out there.
These new pretty knobs have my little girl's heart all a'twitter, and I get something much more to my taste! We call that a win-win.
I drilled new holes directly between the old ones, used a hack saw to cut these knobs to length, and we watched the knobs transform the dresser into something splendid and new!
This now practical and pretty dresser adds the perfect touch to my little girls bedroom! Has your interest been piqued? See the whole weekend bedroom makeover process here, and see how to I made the pin & magnetic board to go above the dresser here. I promise I'll share the entire updated bedroom soon, in the meantime you can get a sneak peak over at my house tour page! *wink*