Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My Special Dresser

This dresser belonged to my dad, and I'm not sure how long he had it but I remember it being in the house as long as I can remember. I always loved the flowers that were carved in the top. I remember he used to keep his handkerchiefs in one of the little drawers in the top, and his watches in another.

When my dad passed away in 2006 I knew I would eventually want to use this dresser. However, I was sad to see it was falling apart. The back was falling off and the insides of the drawers were coming out as well as some of the wood on the outside of one of the drawers. The top of the dresser was also a bit damaged.

I sanded the entire thing with my orbital sander, and repaired all the drawers and the back. I then coated it in Kilz primer. I painted the entire dresser in Martha Stewart Sharkey Gray and then distressed all the carved edges to bring out the detail of the flowers. I used a gray indoor wood stain that I found in the oops paint section over the entire thing, it give it a beach driftwood look I thought. Completing it was the glass knobs.

I now use it for my jewelry supplies and shipping supplies. It works perfect for that! Sometimes the drawers don't work the best, but I think that has been the drastic change in temperatures here.....

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  1. it looks beautiful, and so nice that you saved such a special piece. i love the beautiful details on the top. you will enjoy it for years to come and have such wonderful memories!

  2. It looks wonderful! It's much easier to work on a piece when it's a labor of love. Now the memories will be around for that much longer.

  3. It turned out absolutely gorgeous...and what a great way to keep your memories close to you! Beautiful!