Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Yep, that's me in my awesome "work clothes" taking the original stain off and yes, I am wearing a scrunchie

After 11 years of marriage, I suppose it's time for an upgrade. When we were poor college student newlyweds, we bought a very old dresser from a married couple across the street. They were selling all their earthly possessions to afford tuition that semester, so we picked up the fine piece of furniture for $10. The wood was chipped, a few of the handles were missing, and the stain on the wood was very old fashioned. I'm not one to rip somebody off, but we couldn't afford to pay our neighbors any more. We had tuition to pay too! We've lived with it's ugliness in our bedroom all this time and have never bothered to do anything to make it look nicer/more modern.

A friend offered us another dresser a few weeks ago. A little Internet research indicated the dresser was built in the 50's or 60's and in it's time was a decent piece of furniture. I really love the style, especially the tall legs, but the color was horrific at best. We couldn't fathom trading one ugly dresser for another, but our family motto is, "If it's free, it's for me," so we took it. And I decided to get to work refinishing it. G told me I have too many projects in the works and then he gave me a deadline because it was taking up precious space in his garage. I got to work right away.

This photo does not do the ghastly color justice. It was bad.

I sanded the entire thing, stained it, sanded it some more, stained it a few more coats, covered it in varnish, and more varnish. Then G installed some new hardware and voila, the project was done. And only a few weeks longer than G's original deadline.

The finished product!

Stay tuned for more pictures of the dresser in it's new home. (Imagine the brown dresser against a blue wall.) Next project: painting our room. If the stars align, I might start tomorrow!


Brittany said...

i am impressed! i admire people like you who have no fear for refinishing furniture. i don't think i could do it. the finished product looks terrific! well done!

Nicki said...

It looks awesome - I really like how the handles look too!