Monday, February 6, 2012

From a Dresser to a Chest of Drawers

I have to start this by screaming,
"YAY IT'S FINISHED!!!!"
WARNING : this post is picture HEAVY but welllll worth it : )

 Let me first take you to the beginning ...
 About 3 weeks ago a friend contacted me asking if I would be interested in
 a chest of drawers (I was school'd on the REAL name by a GOOD friend, you know who you are ; ) )
 that was set out for the trash across from her house.
 I said, "Send me a picture and I'll let ya know"

 This is what she sent me



YES, OF COURSE I WANTED IT !!!

Looks good from the picture right?
When I got my first glance at the piece I KNEW I was going to have a challenge on my hands.
My friend, who helped me pick it up, kept asking me if I was sure I was willing to take it on.
I thought if I didn't feel confident it could go out with MY trash but I was up for the challenge.

We hauled it home (it was HEAVY) and
I got started creating a master piece

 I started by removing the back which basically fell off


Now, I must say, that I have picked up MANY things off the side of the road
 to work on and have NEVER come across anything this scary.

 I warn you, this is BAD!!!


I had to bang the drawers out. They were SO stuck due to a HORRIBLE paint job.
There was a stamp of "Dixie" in the top drawer.

 The piece was LOADED with mud daubers nests, wasps nest, roach eggs, dead bugs and 
 HUGE dead spiders (which I am HIGHLY afraid of as is).


It was NASTY !!!
Let me tell ya, it took me a GOOD 4 hours to just clean the inside of this puppy.
 Vacuuming. Scrubbing. Vacuuming again. Scrubbing some more.
 I really felt like Billy the Exterminator.
 I pulled out the TSP and scrubbed away.

Then I started on the drawers.
 They weren't much better
Don't cha' just LOOVVEEE the red liner?


I was happy to see that the original hardware was still there
 (with a friend .... EWWWW. He was dead - thank goodness! )


After removing 2 completely different sheets of liner paper, I scrubbed EVERY drawer.

I started stripping the drawers. The first product I used was this Klean Strip Stripper
 which you just spray on and leave for 15min. 
**Make sure to use outside though and wear gloves!!!**

 
I realized I had a Mahogany Dresser.
What a nice surprise. I KNEW I had to refinish it.
 It bothered me that someone was going to toss it out.

 I then started to strip the body. It was too big to haul in and out
 (we don't have basements here in Florida so I'm usually working in my garage
 but this piece was WAY to big to keep in the garage and still park our 2 cars inside).
 So, I decided to use a Citristrip Stripping Gel in a can.
SO easy to use. Just spray on, leave for an hour and you'll see how the paint just peels off.


I then moved the whole piece to our patio where I used a toothbrush and acetone
 and scrubbed out ALL paint left in all the little nook and crannies
(took me HOURS).

  I sanded everything really well. 
Stained the top with Minwax Dark Walnut.


Brought it BACK into the house
 and started painting.
 I used Sherwin Williams Aqueduct in flat mixed with Plaster of Paris and a lil water.

Then a lil distressing. I used the Dark Walnut and some q-tips to stain where I distressed.


Then a lil' Ralph Lauren Glaze in Tobacco all over the whole piece


Did ya see the handles? Here's what they looked like when I took them out of the drawer.


I soaked em' in white vinegar and dried em'. I believe they're brass.


Here's the piece after waxing the whole piece with an ebony colored paste wax
and poly'd top with ALL the handles attached


 Ahhhhhhh LOVE !!!!!

 Amazing that he ALMOST ended up at the landfill but now he's


79 comments:

Amanda Jones said...

Absolutely stunning!

Sherry said...

Such a gorgeous piece. You really did it justice. Pretty nice getting a freebie like that...I would have fought you for it!

Wende said...

Just Beautiful.

Full Circle Creations said...

All your hard work was worth bringing that gorgeous piece back to life! Great job! I love it!

Holly

gail said...

ewwwwwwwwwww that puppy WAS gross! yuck!
but--all your hard work definitely paid off!!!
he's sooo handsome! LOVE your "chest of drawers" ;)
seriously, great job girl.
gail
ps I've never tried that citrus stuff. An hour? and it rolls off like that? I'm in!

Tami said...

Oh, my. What a WONDERFUL transformation! I absolutely LOVE it. Isn't it so satisfying when you take something landfill-bound and revive it for a higher purpose! If you want, check out my dumpster diving post.
Fondly, Tami
http://thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com/2011/09/dumpster-diving.html

Sheer Serendipity said...

Thats a lot of work, you did an amazing job!

Operation Ranch Rescue said...

Turned out so beautiful. I'm curious to learn more about your use of plaster of paris mixed with paint.

willowcreek said...

It's gorgeous! Amazing what a little bit of elbow grease does. I will say you are a brave soul cleaning that. I would have made my husband do it. :) Awesome job!!!!

Between Blue and Yellow said...

Wow! You did an amazing job, I can't believe that is the same piece! How do the drawers work now?

Sarah said...

That is amazing!! Love the color and the distressing!! You were brave to take this on.... but it was definitely worth it!!

Tam said...

Fabulous restoration job... she looks BEAUTIFUL!!! Applause to you for all your hard work!

stripeycat said...

Heart heart LOVE... so pretty... and even nicer that she's a rescue!

leah mari said...

wow!! that took so much work!!! but its beautiful now! great job!!! be proud very proud :-)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

you cleaned it up beautifully! love the new color- the hardware, and the finish!

Meg said...

Wow, such a difference! I'm so glad you were able to clean it up! It was lucky to end up with you. The color and the 2-toned is lovely! Great job.

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

Wow! You did a wonderful job its just gorgeous.

Scribbler said...

Incredible -- I probably would have set it on fire because that looks like something really gross inside. You are one brave girl, and your hard work paid off because this piece is beautiful. Bravo!

RedeFIND said...

Great Job, I know that was a lot of work, but it was well worth it. Furniture is just not made like that anymore, thanks for reviving that beautiful piece! I hope you are keeping it after all that hard work!

Stephanie said...

Wow! That's beautiful. :)

Rachel said...

You did a great job. Love the colors.

Danielle said...

This is beautiful. I love the brass, the wood and the color. Gorgeous.

Desiree Guy @ Camelot Art Creations said...

WHAT a FABULOUSE makeover!! Looks like you put a lot of work into it and it now looks amazing!!

Desiree
www.CamelotArtCreations.blogspot

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

What a beauty!!!!!! Sure wish I could find something like this about to be tossed. I will have to give this spray stripper a try! You make it look so easy.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Amazing! It was a ton of work, but you have gotten yourself a real treasure there! I love it. Thanks for sharing it with us at WIW, I can't wait to see what you share next week.
Hugs,
Patti

chateau chic said...

I guess the gorgeous transformation was worth all the hard work. Love the color! Is it for sale??
Mary Alice

Mindo said...

I love, love, love this transformation! And you are so brave - I would have run a mile at the Billy the Exterminator stuff! (We just got this show in Malaysia and I am hooked, although it reminds me of how freaked out I used to get in Texas with the flying roaches, wasps and giant mosquitos).

Anyway, came to you from "A bowl full of lemons" and just wanted to say congrats.

BeezRentalDesigns said...

Amazing job!!! I'm one of your new followers and love your work. I love the two-tone and the aqua is one of my favorite colors. I did that once with a maple hutch that was being thrown out. It had burn marks and loads of the yuckky bugs, ewwww! lol I wish I had some before pics but I do have pics of the finished product on my blog. Hope you'll stop by and check it out at Beez Rental Designs!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for stopping by The Cozy Old Farmhouse! I came by to check out your blog and I must say, you were very brave with this piece! I'd have taken one look at all that mess inside of it and just kept on truckin'. But it turned out great and all your hard work was worth it! It's funny because as I was reading and came across the term "mud daubers" I wondered if you lived in FL. Then a few pictures later there was a picture of a dead roach and I just knew you had to live in FL. Then a little bit later you mentioned having no basements in FL. I knew it! : ) We used to live in South FL, and only moved up here to the frigid North for the hubsters to go back to school. Can't wait to move back once he's done!

Andi K. said...

WOW, WOW, WOW!!! What a beauty! That was one nasty beast -now look at her!! Well done-magnificent job-she's a stunner!!!!

Cyndi ✪ Blue Star said...

All that elbow grease sure paid off! Stunning!

annie carrozza said...

This is lovely. Great job! Why do you use plaster of paris with the paint? Does it give it a milky look? Thanks,
Annie

Anonymous said...

A leaf blower would have been a good thing to start with when you have that much dirty dead nastiness- ( a leaf blower work well to blow out your car instead of trying to vacuum under the seats too.) Talk about trash to treasure!! You did an amazing job- you could sell it and take a nice vacation to an island! Enjoy!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

OMG I am in LOVE with that dresser!! What a gorgeous transformation!

Rosie said...

Wow. It went from gross to totally fabulous. Your hard work really paid off!

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Beautiful! Incredible labor of love.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Wow! You put a lot of work into this piece and it turned out beautifully! I love the color and the stain on the top. You hung in there where I don't know if I could have. Great job!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I love it. Sharing it at tonights party- thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Tales of a Trophy WIfe said...

I love this. I pinned it! I want a similar look for my kitchen island.

Cynthia said...

I think this dresser is fabulous and I love the color. Great job!!!

loreleibarrett said...

You've really honored this piece by so lovingly restoring it. It's gorgeous! xoxo Lorelei

Yby5 said...

Love, Love, Love it! The color is fantastic-you should be beyond thrilled that you rescued this beauty!

Perfect Imperfections by Jeanne said...

What a beautiful piece! I admire your perserverance. The color is gorgeous. I like the tip on soaking the hardware in white vinegar. I have a piece I'm working on right now. I think I'll give it a try.

Concetta said...

I have this very same chest of drawers, matching dresser and mirror and double sized tester bed. Happily for me, mine is still in its beautiful original mahogany condition. It's horrifying to see the early photos of yours! Congratulations on doing such a beautiful refinishing job! Makes me want to go wax mine ... ;oD

shaejus said...

it really is a beautiful thing, great job thanks for sharing : )

Meg said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS!!

Carrie said...

What a gorgeous dresser! Your hard work really paid off. I can't believe the critters and other nasties that you had to deal with. I can relate your experience from some of the furniture peices that I have refinished in the past.

Kim@todayismysome-day said...

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
It keeps all of the rest of us "curb searchers" hopeful!

Jenn @ myfabulesslife said...

Found you on The 36th Ave. This is AMAZING! All of that work was definitely worth it!

jenn@ myfabulesslife.blogspot.com

Drama Mama Lori said...

Truly beautiful! It's a love story - my favorite kind of love story! Found you from 36th Avenue. Stunning piece, get to linking this one everywhere! New follower! ~Lori

Jennifer Creviston said...

Wow, just wow!!!I can't wait to try your paint mix with plaster!

Stacey said...

I am impressed beyond belief. I would have picked it up too, but then wondered later why. Not one regret on this one. It is beautiful and your hard work paid off! I love it!!!! Come and link it up at my Creative Inspirations party happening NOW! I would love to have you!
Stacey of Embracing Change
http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

Candy said...

Just gorgeous. I love the color.

I've just become your newest follower. Come visit me and hopefully you'll 'follow back'.

8-)

Robin Boyd Jackson said...

Beautiful! What a transformation. This is my top fav color right now. Thanks for sharing!

~ robin

Stacey said...

I am in love with your dresser and in awe of you talent! I just cannot believe how you transformed this dresser! I am totally featuring you on Tuesday - come back to see! Come back Thursdays for weekly parties as well - I would love to see you there!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Stacey said...

Featuring you today! I love your work - it is my favorite project of the week! Thanks so much for linking and come back soon please!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Denise said...

That is just gorgeous! You did an amazing job, that was a lot of work!

Anne said...

Holy what a lot of work! but a gorgeous piece to show for it. Great job & great look!!

Nana B said...

It's absolutely beautiful. I love it. You did a magnificent job!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Wow.. you did a great job! I must tell you that I grew up with a dresser like this (mine was in good shape!) in my bedroom. As a matter of fact, my mom now has it in her bedroom. You are so right ...it is mahogany and very heavy and those are the original pulls. You rescued a beautiful piece...love the new color!!!

Good Time Charlie said...

Huge congrats on the Roadkill Rescue feature! That is the grossest inside of a dresser I have ever seen. It was well worth it for the end result! Also, I can't believe I didn't know there was a spray stripping product! That is genius! Your dresser looks gorgeous, great work. -K

Baezamama said...

LOVE it!! Wonderful job!

Anonymous said...

great results and thank you so very much for the honesty and details about how much time it took. thank you

Anonymous said...

I see a lot of transformations but this one really caught my eye...beautiful! Love the color and your hard work was well worth it. Enjoy!

designatedhugger said...

This is the most stunning re-do I've ever seen! Love everything about it! Great job!

mcvick said...

this is jaw dropping fabulous! well done!!

please consider making it center of attention on my center of attention sunday link up at http://cadeedee.blogspot.com/2012/04/center-of-attention-sunday-sunday.html

karen@somewhatquirky said...

perfect distressing job. very very nice.

shellyandrade said...

WOW! All your hard work paid off; your dresser is absolutely stunning! Thanx for the vinegar tip for the drawer pulls ~ I run into this a lot!!

Mary said...

Reading about this piece of furniture again makes me want to kick myself for not buying an old dresser for $35 at the Salvation Army thrift store. I knew if I brought it home my husband would have killed me. I knew it could have looked beautiful after I fixed it up. I went back to the store three times and it was still there...the fourth time...you all know what happened...it wasn't there. Next time, and I know there will be a next time...I will buy it!

Lori said...

Wow! Quite a transformation. I love how you kept some of the original wood color along with the paint. Very nicely done - and so gross to begin with! Impressive.

Shastar said...

WOW! Just, WOW! What a lot of work, but what a tremendous result. I love it. Have just been doing furniture restoration about 6 months now and have a few before and after pics on my blog if you want to have a peek, I'd love you to visit.

mcvick said...

you're the center of attention this sunday at http://cadeedee.blogspot.com/2012/04/is-it-sunday-already-this-week-has.html

thanks for linking up! hope to see you there again soon :)

can i ship you my sideboard to refinish? :D

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

Wow! I think I would have given up after the bugs... You did a great job on this and it sure wasn't easy! The color you chose is awesome and the dark stain only made it better. I love this dresser and I love the little table you made for Gail's guest post. I'm going to try the black paint/vaseline thing today!
Thanks for the inspiration!
Susan
Homeroad

I Play Outside The Box said...

WOW, WOW and more WOW'S!!! That turned out beautiful!

Deb said...

Incredible!!!!!!!!!!!

Jen Gribble said...

Could I ask what TSP is? I've noticed you mention it in quite a few posts but never explain what it is. Just curious because I have a furniture piece that needs serious cleaning!

It's Just Me said...

TSP cleaner, also known as trisodium phosphate cleaner, is a cleaning agent, stain remover and degreaser. I use it to make sure I have a clean surface anytime I refinish a piece : )

Presvytera Eleni said...

Wow-whee! I would of gone running at the first sign of the critters. I don't do critters, very impressive! Just for the cleaning alone. Just beautiful.

Epicurean Priestess said...

Yes, this piece did turn out beautifully; however, I'm still not sold on painting, what was probably gorgeous mahogany, a different color. Anyway, I loved all the work you went to, and next time you refer to an inanimate object as a living thing, it's always a "SHE," never a "HE."