I have been wanting to do some blog posts but it just hasn’t been happening lately. I feel like I am treading water these days and am constantly behind and trying to catch up. My health isn’t great and I’ve been dragging lately energy-wise. It stinks, but that is life for me, I guess.
Anyway, it is Saturday morning and I am in bed with my laptop and a headache. So I thought maybe I could get a quick post up about my mom’s Christmas present.
You may remember THIS post where I asked for advice on what to do with this piece of antique furniture someone had put out for the trash.
Well, a few people threw some ideas out but I still didn’t really have a clue how to fix this thing. I finally decided what I needed to do. I wanted to leave some of that beautiful wood grain showing on the front but that door was sooooo thrashed and the top was bad too. So, here is what I came up with:
The blue color does not read well in the photos but it was a really pretty greyish blue. I created vinyl sticker stencils with my Silhouette for the door and the top. I put them on and then painted over them and then removed them. My parent’s last name starts with “E”, thus the monogram.
It took a lot of work to fix this thing. I used regular wood filler to fill the corners on the top and all the places on the door. On the door, the place where the hinges were attached were so worn down hinges couldn’t work there. I tried filling those up with wood filler but when I went to sand it it all crumbled out. SO I had to chip that out and then used an epoxy wood filler to fill those in. After that I had to use a file to get them down to the right height for the hinges to fit in correctly. Same with the little door pull hole.
I sanded down the drawer fronts and top and then stained them. After that I used a spray shellac to seal them and the inside of the dresser and drawers. Remember, this had a very bad smell to it. You can still smell it if you put your nose inside the drawers but the smell does not permeate the house, which is good.
I went for a chippy paint finish, done by chipping off paint with a putty knife. Very easy was to distress. I finished the piece with an antiquing glaze and a clear wax.
Honestly, it think it looks AMAZING! I wanted to keep it for me. But my parents really like it, I think. It looks great in their house.
Here are some more pictures for you.
What do you think? I am amazed that something destined for the dump could look this good!
If you want to “pin” this I won’t be upset at all!