Anyhoo, I am back today to talk about my latest project, which just so happens to be another dresser project. Many moons ago, like in January, I talked about trying to find a dresser for our bedroom that would replace the shelving unit I have now under the TV. You can read about that here.
I scoured Craigslist for months and stopped in weekly at my favorite local thrift stores. I never knew it'd be so difficult to find a dresser that would fit in the space. You see, I needed the dresser to not be too wide since it sits between the doors to our master bathroom and my closet. I also needed it to not be too tall so that it could fit under the TV. Well, after feeling like Goldilocks, I finally found one that will work. Except it needs a lot of work. Good thing I am up for the challenge!
Here's the dresser that I scored for $40 on Craigslist. It's real wood with dovetail joints and everything! But you can also see it has some nasty, black, tar-like substance on the top back right corner. The veneer around the feet is also peeling off. Oh and it's missing a pull. Yikes!
|The new master bedroom dresser - BEFORE|
|A close up of the nasty, black, tar-like substance on the top of the dresser|
|Here's that nasty, black, tar-like substance in relief view You can see how thick it is on there! Gross!|
|Veneer all cracked and coming off the feet. Don't mind the dog hair!|
|Another foot showing the cracking and peeling veneer.|
However, this dresser will have a twist.
|Not my actual bedroom, but I do own the bedspread! Bedspread from here.|
I have already purchased the paint by bringing in the pillowcase to Lowe's and having them match the colors. Since there isn't a lot to paint, I just had them make me the those little Valspar samples for about $3 each. Awesome! But because I am an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint freak and love working with that paint, I have decided to turn these samples into homemade chalk paint using this technique. I'll let you know if I like it better than the real thing.
I also plan to stain the top of the dresser a dark brown to match the rest of our bedroom furniture to tie it all together. I also plan to use Annie Sloan's dark wax just like this. This will be my first time trying out the dark wax. Very excited!
|Pinspiration via Shades of Amber|