Nov 2, 2012

My first furniture re-do ever!!!

I'm so super excited about this one. I've been wanting to do stuff like this for a while, and what better to start with than a dresser from the FREE section of Craigslist!

Here's the before (sorry my photography isn't that great. They were taken on my phone):

The drawers were a little jankety (that's a word right?), and there were a few places that were separating, but overall not that bad. I fell in love with the shape immediately, so I knew i had to so something with it.

I spent about $70 overall at Home Depot, but some of that was on things that I will re-use (clamps, a gallon of antique white paint, putty, putty knife, etc.), so my budget was actually way under this in the long run.

I ended up having to use ratcheting straps around the legs, and wood glue to get rid of the separation on the left side. Then I puttied (and puttied, and puttied, and probably did more puttying). This part took the longest for sure, and it didn't help that I HATED the kind of putty I bought. I sanded the putty, but left the rest of the dresser, since I was using a good primer. I used kilz oil based primer, which is amazing. It cover's really nice, and made the latex paint I was using go on super nice with no peeling.

The whole dresser was painted with Glidden latex antique white in satin. I don't remember the color name, but it's the darkest white you can get without looking yellow. It turned out really pretty. I sanded a few edges to accent the details and antique it a little, then I touched those places with some dark stain. I wish I had put the stain on first before painting and then sanded through to it because I had to be extra careful to not touch the paint with it, which was hard, but it still worked out okay.

Here's the finished dresser:

Here's the breakdown:
Dresser  -  Free (yay!)
2-4 in. C-Clamps @ $8  -  $16
Plastic wood (please don't use this!)  -  $5
Putty knife  -  $5
1 quart Kilz oil-based primer  -  $7
6 drawer pulls @ $1.20  -  $7
1 gallon Glidden satin latex paint  -  $25
Mahogany Minwax  -  $5

Total of $70 YAY!

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