Crafts have always been easy for me, but I haven't pushed myself to learn skills that required supplies purchased anywhere other than Michael's or Hobby Lobby. And then I bought a house. I have made more trips to Home Depot and Lowes in the last 6 months than I have in my entire 29.5 years of life.
When I moved into the house, I raided my parents storage unit for furniture to fill the place up. One piece of furniture that I ran across was an old dresser that had belonged to my older brother and sister-in-law that was a bit rough looking, but I saw potential in it. Turns out that they no longer wanted it, and were totally cool with a) me having it and b) me doing whatever I wanted with it. I immediately knew that this would make the perfect buffet for my dining room after a little TLC.
Fastforward 6 months from the time I moved that old dresser into my house until now. That dresser still looked the same now as when it was carried into my house by incredibly kind, servanthearted friends.
When I moved into the house, I purchased all of my paint for my bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen (luckily the previous owners did a great job with paint colors, so there wasn't much to paint). While I was at it, I had picked a nice buttery yellow from the same paint card as the soon-to-be kitchen yellow. 6 months later, that paint still sat in my basement, feeling neglected I'm sure.
This past Saturday, I decided that it was time to attack this project. Operation Refinish Dresser was a go.
My list of supplies included the following:
- Drop cloth
- Sand paper
- Paint pan
- Small paint roller
- Small paint brush
Please note than none of these supplies came from a craft store. This alone is a sure sign of something new.
First, emptied out all of the drawers, moved the dresser to a drop cloth in the dining room. I removed all of the drawers and took off the few remaining handles. I was then left with a view like this:
You never realize exactly what you're working with on a project until you really start into it. For me, I didn't realize just how many beveled edges and awkward corners there were on this bad boy.
After the first coat of paint, I was here:
Pretty right? After coat two, it didn't look much better. It also looked quite cream, which also didn't look great to me. (Remember that buttery yellow paint I purchased? No buttery yellow here.):
After taking a big deep breath and reminding myself that I had no where else to be for the rest of the day, I put coat three on the dresser:
In the end, it took four full coats and an additional round of touch-ups, but we had a finished product. The original dresser had old brass handles, but only three. When I took a handy Lowes gift card I received for Christmas to purchase new handles, I had to change my game plan on the fly. Three of the drawers needed a 3" handle and the other 4 needed 4" handles. The problem: there were no available handles that had matching 3" and 4" options. So I decided to get crazy and go with knobs instead. I was a little worried that the drawers would look or feel awkward because they would be too close together, but I decided to go for it anyway. I was able to find these simple round knobs with just a hint of detail for 97 cents each (which is perfect when you have to buy 14 of them):
Once the knobs were attached and the dresser was put back in place, I had this finished product:
This dresser provides the perfect place to stash items that I don't need to get into often, but like to keep handy. And, these drawers are complete with the world's most patriotic drawer liners:
The top three smaller drawers hold all of my paper plates, plastic silverware, and small throw-away baking dishes:
The middle row of drawers house my napkins (paper and cloth), place mats, table runners and table cloths:
And the bottom row of drawers have a small set of china that belonged to my grandma as well as extra candles for the pyromaniac side of me:
Seriously, this dresser is my current favorite thing in my house. I'm sure that will be quickly replaced by whatever the next project is, but I'm going to live it up while I can.
Things I learned through this project:
- Refinishing furniture is significantly different than any other craft project I have done while remarkably the same (if that's possible)
- I am far from patient, especially when it comes to the amount of time it takes paint to dry
- I should probably really look at the project before I begin to know what I'm really dealing with (until I began rolling the drawers, I could have sworn they were entirely flat)
- I much prefer a revamped piece of furniture over a brand new piece of furniture any day. This little lady loves herself some character.
There you have it, a totally revamped buffet. Maybe I can use it to serve food when I knock #5 off my list.