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A Little Bit of Sanity and A Lot of Chaos: Dresser, take 3.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dresser, take 3.

Remember this dresser?


(Please ignore that ugly green hat with the big fat G on it. I don't know who it belongs to!?)

Well, I found my own dresser. That's right. It's mine.....so far....

No? You don't like it? Yeah. But how about now?

The dresser was $9.99. The handles were on clearance at Target for $4.97 for 6 about a month ago. I got them, knowing that I could use them sometime.

First I tried to use some stripper on the top. Did not work very well. Then I got out the palm sander. Worked better, but not great. Then. I brought out the big guns. The belt sander. I'm not crazy about the belt sander because even with the lightest touch and the finest paper it grinds things up. But, apparently this top needed it. Because it worked wonders. After the belt sander I used the palm sander to smooth things over and put on a thick coat of Ebony stain. Uhh...that's still drying....

After I slapped on some Behr Tropical Breeze in Satin, I took that palm sander with a 150 grit paper (I should have used 220) and ran it all over the dresser.

Two things I should have done differently. One - waited longer than 5 minutes before trying to sand it and two - used a finer sand paper on the palm sander. I got some scrapes that I didn't want that would not have shown up if I had done those two things. Me and my impatience...

I am pretty proud of the way this one turned out!

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Blogger Katie said...

It looks GORGEOUS! I love the way you left the top stained!

April 20, 2010 at 6:10 AM  
Blogger Anita said...

Are you a magician now and just pulling these pieces out of your hat?! You amaze me!

April 20, 2010 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Love this more than the original and those pulls are to die for.

April 20, 2010 at 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you go hating on the Packer hat! LOL

Dresser looks fabulous! Loving the dark stained top and those drawer pulls are perfect. Great job!!

April 20, 2010 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger pixie said...

Absolutely Perfect the way it is. I have the exact same dresser and you've given me the answer to my hardware dilema. Although I will NEVER find the deal you did on those pulls. Thanks for sharing the color it was painted. In blog land its usually a secret "mix".

April 20, 2010 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

Another beauty! Nice work.

April 20, 2010 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger AM from White House, Black Shutters said...

Kirsty, it turned out amazing! I love everything about that dresser...

April 20, 2010 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Wow, it doesn't even look like the old dresser! Wonderful transformation.

April 20, 2010 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Craft Tea Lady said...

Fantastic job! It looked great before but now... woo hoo!

Gina @ Craft Tea Cottage

April 20, 2010 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Kelsey said...

There are no words for how amazing that is! SERIOUSLY...I love everything about it and am going to shamelessly copy you!!!!! BEAUTIFUL! Great job lady!

April 20, 2010 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Miss Mustard Seed said...

The distressing and new hardware look perfect. Wonderful job, as always!

April 20, 2010 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

You have become the furniture queen. When do you get all of this done? Do you ever sleep? I really like it. I am glad you got to make something for yourself.

April 20, 2010 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Happy Mom said...

It's so lovely!

April 20, 2010 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Kolein said...

It's beautiful!

April 20, 2010 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

It looks beautiful!

April 20, 2010 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger this blessed nest said...

you are amazing!

you have such an eye for the "after"!!!!

April 20, 2010 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Kirsty said...

Fab! You are so inspiring. And I love your impatience. I am impatient too and it's nice to know that things can still turn out awesome.

April 20, 2010 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Kirsty said...

Thanks everybody! Every time I walk by it, I'm in love! It makes me want to do that to everything I own!

Now I have to do this and paint everything crisp white - oh the decisions!

I do sleep! I love my sleep! I've given up on showering and combing my hair....

April 20, 2010 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger kim said...

Your painting and distressing looks great.

April 20, 2010 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that looks great! the distressing is perfect, and the hardware makes a huge difference.

April 20, 2010 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Kristine at The Painted Hive said...

Love the amount of distressing and the hardware you chose. I did a piece so similar to this for a client a while back though I never took photos...duh! Love it.

April 20, 2010 at 11:15 PM  
Blogger Robyn said...

WOW, that's STUNNING! AND for 10 DOLLARS! I'm a tiny bit envious! It's gorgeous and you did a great job! I never come across bargain furnature! WTG!

April 20, 2010 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Looks fantastic! I jump the gun on a lot of my projects too...that daggone cure time!!! :) Great job!

April 21, 2010 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger beth kruse custom creations said...

great job! it's beautiful!

April 21, 2010 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger One Cheap B*tch said...

Gorgeous! I have an old dresser I HAVE to makeover but I'm just so intimidated by the task. I want it to look like your's!


April 21, 2010 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger the momma said...

That looks GREAT! You did a wonderful job--you should be very proud of yourself! Good work!

April 21, 2010 at 11:43 AM  

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