Now that Nugget's room is nearing being finished, I thought I would share her dresser. Working together (me choosing paint and knobs and giving guidance and E doing all of the actual physical labor) we brought her dresser from looking like a pile of junk to something customized to our tastes and needs.
It was important to us that we found something low (around hip height) and long so it could double as her changing station and also that the entire project stay under or around $100. So, after a few trips to various thrift stores we found this
beast beauty for $25 and we were ready to get started.
As you can see, it was in rough shape, but we could see beyond the scuffs, blonde color, and missing knobs and were more focused on it's good solid bones. What the dresser was lacking in looks it made up for in structure with it's solid hard wood frame and sturdy surface.
E originally planned to just give the entire thing a rough sanding before applying the paint, but after trying that out and having the sandpaper come out covered with gummy paste, due to the varnish, he realized it would need to be stripped first. We made a quick trip to the local True Value and found this stripper that seemed a bit more environmentally friendly so decided to give it a try.
It definitely was less stinky, yet I didn't hang around much due to being with-Nugget, but E did fill me in on how it worked. He would basically glob the stuff on rather thickly and let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour and then wipe it off with shop rags and scrape it away with a basic putty/paint scraper, then wipe away the excess goop with wet rags or by spraying with a hose. This process was by far the most time-intensive, so he would do a bit each evening after work and slowly the entire thing was looking a lot less blonde and a lot more paintable.
I don't have pictures of the in-between or the sanding, but after the stripping E smoothed wood putty into any grooves or holes and used a small hand-held sander to smooth the entire thing down, using plain old sandpaper for any curves or grooves he needed to get into. And after that it was on to the painting.
We chose to give it just one coat of paint to allow the wood's texture to show through a bit and we also chose to forgo sealing it as we prefer how it looks with more of a matte finish.
Once the paint was all dry and ready, we added on these small ceramic knobs from World Market. They each rang in at $1.99 each, but with a 10% off coupon we brought home all 10 for just around $20 even after tax. Not too bad for something cute and up-our-alley.
And although it took a lot longer than we anticipated due to having to add in the stripper step, it was still done in just a couple weeks of E working on it a bit at a time, and when I returned from the birth of my new niece, he surprised me by having it all finished up and in her room. My husband is definitely a keeper.
So, what's the breakdown? Well, we met all of our goals by finding something low, long, and under $100, even with the added stripper expense:
Paint: $25 (Awning MSL147 - Martha Stewart Living in Glidden Paint)
Knobs: $20 (World Market)
I'm super satisfied with the cost, outcome, and functionality of this project and really happy to have a partner-in-crime who is always up for a little DIYing. Not only did we save money this way, we also have a solid piece of furniture (not a trace of particle board in sight) that will last a lifetime and that we were able to fully customize to our tastes. Hopefully Nugget likes it as much as we do!
Have you ever refurbished a piece of furniture for your own home? Did it go as planned or did you also find there were extra unanticipated steps along the way? Doing things yourself can definitely bring it's own set of challenges, but it also brings along it's own rewards and feelings of accomplishment and pride, don't you think?