Monday, September 17, 2012

Dreaming of Change

There were two days where temperatures were in the 70's last week. Two days was all it took to get me into the mood for fall. Scarves, boots, sweaters, coats, spiced cider, soup, fleece, twilight strolls... You name it and I'm craving it; which isn't the easiest to deal with since temperatures bounced right back up into the low 90's.

Project of the Week: Dresser Makeover

I inherited a sturdy wood dresser from my mom and, after years of it being Chris' least favorite piece of furniture in our house, I decided to give it some much needed TLC.

Step One: Forget to take an actual "before" picture until after sanding the entire dresser. Go through old photos to find a substitute.

Step Two: Stain the dresser top following the product directions (I chose a dark walnut stain), let the stain cure until no longer tacky, then tape off the top to allow for painting the base. Decide on new hardware and prep the drawers accordingly. At this point in the process you should also commandeer your husband's office for your project space.

Step Three: Find a suitable helper to assist with the prime and paint process. Use stealth tactics to acquire your hubby's parking space in the garage while he is out running errands.

Step Four: Apply two coats of primer and two to three coats of water-based enamel paint. Decide how far to paint into the drawer areas; I did a minimal amount to add depth to the front. Something about a solid white dresser disturbs me, but I didn't want to use distressing techniques.

 Step Five: Apply four coats of polycrylic to the stained wood, sanding until smooth between each coat. 

Step Six: Install new hardware.

Step Seven: Bask in warm glow when your previously skeptical hubby admits that the dresser now looks fantastic.

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."
George Eliot