Dressers = Sanity.

 

Remember I gave you a sneak peek at the dressers we finally found on Kijiji – their sizes, detailing & quality were absolutely perfect.
With the exception of the boards between the drawers, they are solid maple & I have several pulled muscles that are very angry about their weight.

Here’s the requisite ‘Befores’…..

 

The first thing they needed was legs….adding legs adds height of course, but they also change the whole look of a piece significantly.
Like Spanx – one small thing makes a world of difference.

Readily available furniture legs tend to be spindly – these dressers needed sturdier & more hefty legs.  They needed cankles.  Also, furniture legs are about $12 each.  We found fence post caps that were the perfect height and visual weight for $4 each.

Here’s how we added our ‘legs’:

The Mister cut a block from a 4×4 that was the height of the inset underneath the dresser, and screwed it in from the sides and the bottom.  The post caps come with a screw in them, so all that was required was a hole drilled into the block.


 

All worth it because those are some pretty fantastic cankles, yo.


I gave the dressers a light sanding with a palm sander, just to get the gloss off the finish, &  filled the old hardware holes with wood filler. Everything (except the top) was given a coat of Zinsser Cover Stain Spray Primer.  Once dry, I applied 2 coats of Sherwin Williams ProClassic paint in CC-30 Oxford White.  I love this paint on wood because it’s very durable and it applies & levels very smoothly.  I used a small foam roller for the flat fronts of the interior drawers, but did everything else with a brush.

We chose to re-finish the tops instead of painting them.  Once they were completely sanded down (sand with medium grit, then fine grit – you want them smooth like buttah), I stained them with watered down latex Minwax Antique Walnut stain.  I wanted the tops to have a soft, worn finish with variations in shade.  After 2 coats of stain, I dry brushed watered down white latex paint.  Then 2 more coats of stain.
Just futzing really – some of this, some of that, until it had the look I was after.

Next came the distressing.  There was resistance in the camp (read: from The Mister) about this step; and I must admit, it is a bit daunting to painstakingly achieve a perfect finish and then attack it with sand paper. But I did.
I did not want a heavily distressed finish – more a time worn, well loved look.  I sanded back some edges, and the high points of the carved detail, and applied & wiped off stain to the revealed wood.
Then I rubbed white paint on top of that – resulting in an “old” looking scuff.

Here’s some close ups:


Each piece has interior drawers behind the door(s) – I lightly stencilled on our monograms for special touch.  Of course, we also added glass knobs.



Once everything was done, I finished the tops with 2 coats Minwax Antique Wood Oil Finish – this offers some protection, and it also gives the wood a hand rubbed soft finish.

 We are so thrilled that they are finally freaking done with how they turned out, and now the NightStands are in good company.

This was not at all a difficult project, it just requires patience and the capacity to live in complete chaos; I possess neither.

But here we are, all done, and they’re magnif.

Next steps for the completely unnecessary Master bedroom Re-Do:

  • Coffee table turned upholstered bench
  • Re-Upholster headboard
  • A very creative wall shelf incorporating a wall mounted TV
  • Sew drapes & toss cushions (I am borderline thumb sucking fetal position just thinking about this; I still haven’t even opened the Sewing Machine). 

Of course you’ll want to stay tuned on this just to monitor my well being, right?
Yes, you will.  Firm embrace.

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  1. wow-that looks amazing! those knobs make a huge difference, and of course, so does the color.

  2. Hi, Let me say, that both your dressers look amazing! And I totally love your idea for the legs… they look great! Thanks for stopping by my blog :-) I love hearing from fellow canadian/ontarian bloggers!

  3. Ohhhh my gosh! Simply adorable!!! The detail is amazing! Hope you’ll link this up at our new linky party! We feature our favorites each week! We’re your newest followers and we’d love to have you link up and follow if you’d like!

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  4. Gasp – stunning!!!!!!!!!! I’ve never used Kajiji… maybe better start. Did you buy locally or ship those suckers?

  5. They turned out fantastic !!!
    hard to believe they are the same old things that have been in my dads bedroom for years….
    what a beautiful difference !!!

    • Thank you Michelle – we LOVE them….so glad we found them, and you – thanks for following! Makes me love Kijiji even more when you encounter such good people! xo T.

  6. Kathi McCaw says:

    I’m Michelle’s sister – What a fantastic job you did! So much nicer than the original. Wonder what Dad would say if he could see them??

  7. I absolutely love both pieces. Adding legs really makes them look beautiful and the details are amazing. Great job! New follower ~ Megan

  8. OMG! That is such a great idea. I have been looking at dressers in craigslist to refinish and most didn’t have legs. Was wondering how I would add the height. Was not a big fan of all the pre-made legs. Now I know what to do. Thank You so much. Came here from Under the Table.

  9. too funny that we redid the EXACT same dresser! I love the legs you added…great idea! I think it helps make it look less clunky! I’ll have to try that sometime. :)

  10. Wow – this makes me want to add feet to all the old pieces of furniture I find! Thanks for the idea!

  11. This is a genius idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Stunning transformation….LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the “legs” you chose. They add so much to the pieces, will have to give that a try! My first time here…thanks for the inspiration!!

  13. Awesome job! I love it! I love the color! But the legs really make it, I can’t believe what a deference they make!

    • Hi Peggy, and such a simple update too! I used same “trick” on the dressers we made over for ourselves. Thanks for visiting, xoT

  14. Where did you find the fence post caps to use for your furniture feet?

    • Hi Dana – those are from Home Depot, but I would think any big box home improvement store would stock them in the fencing/outdoor decking aisle. xoT

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