Thursday, June 24, 2010

{Dresser Redo: Underway}

They don't make furniture like they used to. But well made furniture with classic lines lasts,
even if the gold finishes, hardware and stain have run their course. That's why I decided to
give this piece a face lift. A new look and with it, a new life!

What I love is that this is a piece with a story. It was part of a bedroom set that belonged to
Mary's (D's stepmom) when she was young. She gave it to Sandy (D's mom) when the boys
were young because they needed some furniture for their room. Sandy gave it to us when we
first moved in together, and we have moved it across the country with us ever since. And
now it's ours. I'm so glad Mary and Sandy passed it on instead of just getting rid of it.

It's been great for extra storage over the last decade, but I'm tired of looking at it's
drabbiness. That's why I planned to start refinishing it as part of my goal for June.

I started by undressing the dresser ... you know, stripping off the old finishes. It feels so
good to have finally started this project. For one, I love having something to putz with in
the garage; a new hobby. But also, it's a project that I can work on for an hour here, an hour
there, and actually see the progress unfold. There's something very rewarding about working
with wood and my hands. I feel so calm when I'm out there ...

The dresser is completely and officially stripped!
I just finished the last two drawers yesterday. Next up:
* Sand it
* Come up with a plan for the new look
* Buy supplies
* Refinish with new varnish or paint
* Add new hardware and finishes
* Move back into the house

I'll post again when I've made some more progress. Hopefully with a finished product!


SplendidlyImperfect said...

I can't wait to see how it looks when you're done!

Lis said...

OH I ccant wait to see what you do with it!!! you are so amazing!

TruJen Phtography said...

I just googled "painted furniture ideas" and a ton of stuff came up. I think you should just take a look and find something fun to copy!
:o) Below is just one I found.

Can't wait to see!

Ale said...

As always, very proud of you following up with your resolutions. I have a friend that paints on furniture if you decide you want to do something different for this piece. She lives in AZ.