Monday, February 28, 2011

Dresser {Updated}

With the threat of heavy flooding, which of course never happened, we decided we better get our "valuables" off the basement floor...just in case. Our valuables included two dressers, lots of kitchen stuff that stuff hasn't found a home, Blake's belongings, and most valuable of all...our new dishwasher, microwave, and stove.

Because that's the way we do things...we started moving everything around starting at 9:30pm one night last week. Typical. We decided to carry both dressers upstairs to a. get them off of the basement floor. and b. according to the man of the house to get the temperature acclimated to the balmy interior temperature of 62 degrees (that is what we refer to as turning up the heat around here) so that they can be painting (aka to the woman of the house (that would be me) to get them painted and in working order because he wanted it done already!


We carried the dressers upstairs. Then we carried the old wood palate from the garage into the basement. Then (and this must have been quite humorous to watch!) we found a way to move the dishwasher and the stove (HEAVY stove) only the palate. Yes this was a fun evening...thanks for asking!

Moving on...

This past Saturday, while someone was sleeping (must be nice) I got to work on one of the dressers. I decided which dresser would work best in the guest room.

Here she is in all her old-school glory. Sorry but it's true.

Then, using what we had I got to work! I had 4 left over handles I used on Michael's I figured might as well make use of them and I'd purchase more for the rest of the drawers later in the day. I removed all the hardware cleaned every nook and cranny. Thankfully the handles I planned to use matched up perfectly with the holes in the drawers. (I'd later find out that they only matched up on 3 of the drawers, not the top two. Sigh. More on this later!)

Gleefully I skipped the "filling the holes" process and moved straight ahead to the priming. Sadly I had to do 3 coats of primer AND 3 coats of paint. Guess that's what you get when you use what you have on hand. I began the project at 7:30am. And finished with all the painting on Saturday night at 9pm.

Here are a couple "in progress" shots:

On Sunday morning I got up bright and early and eagerly got Michael out of bed to help me move the dresser into the guest room. After the dresser was moved, I started to put the new hardware on the drawers. That's when it happened....3 drawers down, 2 to go. I kicked myself when I realized that I hadn't paid attention to the fact that the top two drawers apparently had slightly different hardware. Of course, anyone who knows me will know that I wasn't only upset about how I had made the mistake of not realizing this before painting, but that I was really even more upset by the fact that the new handles wouldn't be perfectly centered on the drawer! GASP!

Life goes on...I'm told. So, I brought back the wood filler, filled the holes, re-drilled new holes in their new (off center) location, sanded everything down, and applied two MORE coats of paint.

Stupid, stupid, stupid!

By 4pm on Sunday, all drawers were in place WITH new hardware.
Here she is!

Not too shabby! Now we have a little extra concealed storage AND room for guests to put their things. We still need nightstands, lamps, and something on the walls, but, one thing at a time. I'm also thinking of painting the room. I'm thinking gray, or maybe a slate blue. I don't want it to be too dark, but what would look nice with the orange and white bedding?Thoughts?


  1. Great work, Sarah! It looks awesome. :)

    I think a grey or slate blue would look really nice. I'm definitely partial to grey, I think.

  2. Great job. I'd go for blueish gray--don't want it to be a "cold" room. Great job on the dresser. You may have another new career!

  3. Love the dresser, and LOVE the bedding on that bad. Where's it from???? I'm in desperate need of new bedding... our room needs a serious pick me up!