This is a set of a dresser and two night stands I made over for a close friend. In fact it is really a roadkill rescue. Almost four years ago, when my friend and her family were moving to a different house, they had no intention of bringing this set along because of it’s condition. Drawers were coming apart, doors were not closing properly and on top of that the finish was all dingy and scratchy. Below is the conversation I had with my friend on a visit to her home;
Friend: We need to buy a new set for S(her daughter) when we move.
Me: What are you doing with this set?
Friend: Putting it out on the curb. No one wants it. So ugly and coming apart. Do you want it?
Me: I wish, but I don’t have room for it in my house, but I can redo it for S.
Friend: Are you sure?
Me: Oh yes, it has good bones. Just needs some love or may be lots of love, but can come back to life for sure.
Friend: Oh I trust you.
That’s how it came to me, in really sick condition. They left it with me to get all better.
These are the steps I took to bring it to it’s glorified state
- Fixed the drawers and rails.
- Cleaned and sanded everything thoroughly.
- Replaced the bottom curvy trim with a plain one.
- Flipped the doors inside out.
- Primed everything with Kilz stain blocker primer.
- Applied two coats of whitish latex paint (a mis-tint from Homedepot), sanding lightly with 220 grit sandpaper in between coats.
- Taped and applied gray and yellow paint. (S wanted white and gray colors and she gave me the liberty of using the third accent color. I used cheery yellow for that)
- Lightly sanded with 400 grit sandpaper and applied 3 coats of poly, again sanding with 400 grit sandpaper in between coats.
- Lined all the drawers and shelves with contact paper.
- replaced all the hardware, which I spray painted with Rustoleum Sun yellow, which is almost the same color as the accent yellow color I used on the set itself.
That’t it. Because this set was done way before I even thought of starting a blog, I did not take any pictures during the process. These after pictures are also, sent by S to me especially for this post.
Of course no makeover post is complete without a before and after shot put together.
Now this set resides proudly in S’s room and guess what? She loves it. I made a wall clock for her birthday to match this set, which I will show you some other time. ( I will have to ask her to send me the pictures of the clock for my blog)