Dresser Re-do: Part 1

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I (we) have been working on a big project...refinishing a dresser. We're actually planning to use it as a buffet in our dining room but we were having a really tough time finding something suitable. One day I was at Goodwill and saw this dresser and thought it might work for our space after an minor (or major!) overall. See for yourself...it's a bit outdated.

To get things started we removed all the drawers and all the hardware. Then it was time to start sanding. I actually used a power sander for the first time! It was super fun and made me feel tough. Sometime during the sanding process I decided that I wanted to take off some of the wood pieces that were attached to the drawers in the hopes that it would make the piece more modern looking. The pieces actually came off really easy and it looks MUCH better.

We had purchased our new hardware and of course it didn't match up with existing holes in the drawers...that would've been too easy! Figuring out how to fill the holes was Loren's job. They were kind of big holes so he used a wood dowel cut to size then used wood glue to hold it into place. Once the glue was dry he used wood filler to make sure there were no remaining gaps. Again, after waiting for the filler to dry then he sanded everything down so it was smooth.

So...now it's time to prime and paint! You'll have to stay tuned to see the final result. I'm super excited! What do you think?


  1. Some friends of ours out here did this with a dresser for their newborn and it looks amazing. I'm sure you guys will have the same experience. It was a long project for the new daddy though, he figures over 30 hours when he was finished.

    Granted he ran into some slight issues with the stripping. Anyways, looking good so far! Excited to see the end result.

  2. OOOH! It's looking SO good, Kristen! You guys are really working hard on that dresser -- whew! :) I'm hopping over from YHL.

  3. Hey guys! Thanks for the kind and encouraging words! Final results should be posted next week! :)

  4. Great start. Im working on redoing a dresser myself that I scored at a yardsale. Good luck!


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