Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Dresser I Almost Let Get Away

Howdy ya'all ...
Whelp, this weeks project was a challenge
I bought this 100+year old oak dresser Saturday at a garage sale for $45
I saw it at 7am and was scared of all the work it 
would take to make it pretty again
(not to say it wasn't pretty like this but I knew it could be better)
It drove me crazy until I went back at 11:30am and it was still there
The woman said the work scared ALOT of people off
When I brought it home I thought The Hubby was gonna murder me
It started to basically disintegrated as soon as 
we started to move it out of the car
I mean the back was completely coming apart and
 the bottom started to shift
it was a HUGE mess
He was not too pleased with me
So Sunday I got started on it by giving it a good cleaning with the hose,
making sure not to use too much water, and some Murphy's Oil Soap
Then I started to take it apart
This was my first piece that I would have to really re-glue and
restrengthen the structure but I knew it would be worth it
 Along with my trusty clamp and Gorilla Wood Glue
it started to come back together
The top however was gonna be a challenge
It was pretty warped but I couldn't replace it so I tried to figure out
how I was gonna fix the HUGE gap down the center, 
the split that paralleled it and the lifting on both sides
 I ran some more Gorilla Wood Glue under the side and used my "c" clamps
hoping that it would stay down
 Then I noticed that it was warped in the center as well
How was I gonna fix this? I came up with the idea of just trying wood glue
again and using my 25pound weights to try and push it down
 I left it over night and it seemed to work 
I wanted to try and fix an area between the top drawers 
where a piece of wood was missing
Luckily I had a scrap piece in the garage that fit perfectly
I then filled the gap with Elmers Wood filler
Then I noticed that the other side needed to be glued and clamped
After I finished that, I left it to dry another night
to make sure everything was completely dried
 The next morning I sanded the whole top
Already it was a huge difference
I wanted to darken the entire piece so Minwax's Dark Walnut came to the rescue
 Next came paint
I wanted to try and get an aged old red barn look 
I stirred up some chalk paint using my recipe from here
My first coat was Behr's Burnished Mahogany
then after that dried I applied a coat of Behr's Indiscreet
These 2 colors are similar to Annie Sloan's Chalk Paints
Primer Red and Emperor's Silk
 After the paint dried I did some distressing
Then using a glazing technique I found here
where you use baby oil and stain, I finished glazing it
again with the Minwax Dark Walnut
I'll be waxing it in a few days but for now
 I added the old handles
until I find ones that I like better
They don't look too bad : )
I can say now that I'm not scared of any piece that has to be "re-built"

Have you had to work on any kind of piece like this one?
By the way, The Hubby LOVES it now
I'm doing a Happy Dance 


pbrenner said...

What in incredible transformation, thank you for showing so many of the intermediate steps! I have a French provincial vanity that needs the drawers rebuilt (fronts are good, its the rest of them that are warped or broken lol). I was thinking of letting it go, but after seeing your work, I may give it a shot.


Amy Marshall said...

Oh my goodness! I'm impressed! I would be scared to take on a piece with that much repair but you did a great job! One more antique saved from the land fill. :) Have a great weekend!
Amy@Home Sweet Thrifty Home

Liz Marie said...

I love your style so much! That dresser is beautiful & you did an amazing job! I would love for you to share this at the linky party on my blog, I know my readers would love to see your work! Here is the link to the post: I hope to see you at the party every week!

xx Liz Marie

Lisa said...

Absolutely beautiful! You are an antique furniture whisperer - I cannot believe how amazing this turned out. I would have been attracted to it as is too because the detailing on the legs is wonderful but there is no way I would have known how to breath new life into it! I'm totally pinning this!

Beth@Makemeprettyagain said...

Great job!!! You really worked it on this dresser!!! The top came back together nicely and I love the dark stain. Aren't those old oak pieces "fun" to put back together??? lol I had a humpty-dumpty buffet I just finished. These old pieces are perfect for milk paint. Once you finish them off with the tung oil, the paint and the oak peeking through just glow! I would love to have you visit my Humpty-Dumpty piece and see what you think!

Tricia said...

That was a gamble but well worth it. That detail on the legs is lovely. I like the colors you chose for stain and paint. Very nice work!

Anne said...

All your hard work was worth it! What a beautiful piece!

back.roads said...

What a gorgeous piece! You did a beautiful job. Thank you for sharing the steps on how you did it. I'm going to save your post for future reference...since I adore old furniture. :-)

Theresa said...

AMAZING!!!! Love it!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I'm very impressed by your work and the red looks perfect!

gardenhousestudio said...

WOW! You have a gorgeous piece of furniture there. Every room needs a little red! Great to make a believer outta the hubby too.

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

boy oh boy missy--you sure worked your magic on that one! yep, you know I've done some rebuilds and such, but this is amazing!
I would never have paid $45 for it, but it's surely worth a lot more than that now!
ps catching you!

Tammy said...

Wow! What a labor of love! It was worth all of your hard work. Beautiful!!!! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

susan said...

Lovely! Wish i lived close to you for one of your sales

Mindi@MyLove2Create said...

Looks Great! I have a similar dresser that has been waiting for me to finish it. I had to glue and clamp a lot of it back together too, my son and I had a nice half hour conversation one day sitting on the side of the dresser to hold it together while it dried!

I am going to try the baby oil technique, very cool!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

A really nice piece of furniture, love the color too! I'm going to read about the baby oil and glaze, thanks!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

What a great piece. So glad you followed your instincts and got that gem. I'm featuring your dresser in the PoPP Spotlight this weekend. Thanks for linking up.

Stacey said...

This dresser is right up my alley and really a stunner! Would love if you came by my linky party happening NOW to share it with my readers!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Candy said...

What a job.....but the results were well worth it. GORGEOUS.
Thanks for sharing.

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

It's got such great bones ~ you did a fantastic job of resuscitating it!

<3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
Wildly Original linky party is open

Stacey said...

Thanks for linking up! I am in love with that dresser - you did a superb job!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Art and Sand said...

I can't believe all the time and effort you put it. It was all worth it though. It turned out great.

Deb Hrabik said...

So nice to meet you! Great dresser redo.
New follower,

French Hen's Nest said...

Found you at Keeping It Simple.

What a redo! I don't think I would have finished it! Great job. Love your blog. Your bedroom is fantastic. My sister Jeannie found you and now we are following you. Please check us out when you can.
Linda at the French Hen's Nest

Martha said...

I am impressed -- you really did a great job!


Bliss said...

Stopping by to pin this dresser and snoop around too.


Jamie K. said...

Oh WOWWWWW! Love it!

Holly said...

Oh - you are so nice. I had a few people come over and comment on that technique from you. I hope it worked well. Looks like it did. I use baby oil all the time! Thanks for the link. :) I am LOVING your bedroom, too!!!!

The Lovely Mrs. P said...

Great rescue story..I see what you mean about almost wasn't, but I would of saved it too. I has great bones and character and you made it beautiful again! Thanks for the tip on the baby oil. I have never heard of that. Thanks for linking up!

AnaMB said...

I am so impressed! This turned out just perfect!

Olivia Mak said...

You did a beautiful job! I love thrifting old cabinets and replacing the doors with lexan sheets. Its quite simple and a great way to show off little vintage trinkets.