If any of you have read “The Secret” you may understand what I mean by manifesting good. (by the way I actually really liked the book- it is in video form too, so I hear)
I have been needing a dresser, but not wanting to spend the money, so I have been manifesting a good deal.
While checking out some garage sales one random Friday morning, I happened by a dresser, on the side of the road. FREE!! Not even at one of the sales, and I was already on my way home. I packed it carefully in my car, cuz, I’m prego, and helpless…urgh (toward the helpless part!!)
It was a little sad, well, a lot sad actually. It was highly offensive really, uglier than I can stand. But -I just knew it could be good. I mean- check out that faux marble finish? Huh?.. Huh? Nice!
And the Aztec inspired handles that are the size of flying saucers?
I showed Justin- he was not impressed. But I had more faith in our abilities.
The state of things was bad, first, one drawer was in about 4 pieces, missing the whole bottom. Another drawer was falling apart. The front of the Dresser was missing a few of the rails on the face frame (the horizontal pieces that run between the drawers). And lets be honest it was just plain ugly.
This Saturday we got to work. Justin had a bit more work than he planned. The prior owner had tried to repair the drawer before, with HOT GLUE, so he had to scrap that out. Then re-route a groove for the new bottom, that was a bit thicker. Wood glue, some staples and presto we had a drawer. Then he had to do that again. After that, he replaced the missing rails.
Meanwhile, I sanded. This was not my smartest move. I was outside wearing a mask, but afterward I was like- Oh holy cow! what if there is lead in that paint?! Rest assured though, I researched the manufacturing company, an American based company and the date of the piece was April 1999, so I should be safe- But I promise, I won’t do it again!
I did however spray paint, but I contacted the company first about hazards. Then I did it outdoors with gloves, mask and safety glasses.
The spray painting technique I used is actually a favorite. We use a really cheap flat black. Put on two coats til dry (if in a hot area I only wait an hour or so) then with a fine grit sanding block, sand in one direction to burnish the finish, then wipe in the same direction with a wet rag, followed up by a dry rag (all wiping and sanding in the same direction). Repeat painting, sanding and wipe off, then, if needed repeat again. I don’t go crazy on the corners, so it doesn’t look distressed. But is has a slight shine and a fabulous finish.
We did spend about 16.00 on new handles but I figured it was worth the investment, in a piece that can last our child through the years.
Oh man, aren’t those cool handles? We even put it in Etta’s room (technically, it is in her closet) But, last night I took my time folding all the wonderful girl clothes that I got from Donelle! THANK YOU- I am so excited for playing dress up!
Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.