This dresser took me A LOT longer than I thought it would. There were quite a few obvious flaws with it when I picked it up from the dump. When my husband saw it in the garage and I told him that I got an amazing deal all he could say was, “it’s not worth what you paid”. *ouch* Check out the before and after pictures.
It made me really sad that it was missing some of it’s original hardware and it really sucked to discover that the veneer covering the particle board (just on the drawer fronts) was paper thin. I started sanding to smooth out some of the blemishes only to discover I took too much off and exposed the particle board.
If you know anything about painting particle board, you know that it absorbs paint like a fiend and shows every bump & bruise. I was seriously considering just throwing it out or offering it up for free on the curb at this point. I’m so happy I didn’t. I realized that I had a huge gallon full of Zinnser oil based primer and thought that it would be a great way to block moisture and help mask the obvious signs of icky particle board.
It worked! I couldn’t believe it until after I applied the first coat of ASCP in Paris Grey. I love me some Paris Grey. It took two even coats to cover up all the primer. BTW, I tightened all the screws inside & out, applied some wood glue to sketchy looking joints and used wood filler before I started painting.
I used a dry brush technique on the hardware with some Old White. Since I couldn’t find the matching hardware under $10/knob, I decided to replace both pull knobs and two of the handles with hardware found at Home Depot for $1/piece.
My original intention was to sell this dresser and keep the solid wood one I’m currently working on, but I’ve changed my mind. It’s beyond perfect in my daughters bedroom. I knew this dresser was staying for good after my little photo shoot. As I was sitting in the dark putting my daughter down for the night, I stared at it along side the chalkboard coffee table I painted last week and thought they were a perfect pair. Too perfect to separate, for now anyways.
I consider any furniture that’s not 100% solid wood fragile. I’m not a snob, I just think it can’t handle the abuse a typical household can dish over a lifetime. I don’t think this dresser will fall apart on me, but I’d prefer to keep it in the condition I worked so hard to restore it to. So now it holds my daughter’s bed linens, most of my yarn and all of the keepsakes and mementos I’ve collected since her birth. All things that don’t require me (or her) opening & closing the drawers constantly.
I’ve been really busy the last few weeks. Part of that included going to my AMAZING sister in law’s baby shower last weekend down in SoCal. Can’t believe I’m going to be an Aunt this winter. Her sisters planned a huge shower and those ladies know how to throw a party. The theme was “bumble bee” and everything matched the invitations she sent out. So so cute. Take a look at a few of the pictures I took.
Yummy candy apple favors….all 96 of them. Like I said, huge baby shower. Just check out the amount of gifts she got. She deserves it too. She’s so generous, friendly, and an all around amazing lady. So lucky to have her as my sis in law.
Amazing cupcakes and isn’t that the most amazing baby shower cake you’ve ever seen? It was delicious too!
Here are a few shots of my little one on the patio. I can’t help myself, she’s so cute.
Well, I need to dig up my electric drill for a friend, mail out tutus and try and clean up the mess my daughter made while I wrote this blog entry.
Author: Maria Ibbitson (Craft Crazy Mom)
Navy Wife. Mother. Photographer. Crafter. Blogger. Obsessed with glitter, cotton swabs, and the color white. Fueled by coffee, stinky cheese and red wine. Adores her family, blogging and taking pictures along the way. This blog is dedicated to life, love & diy.