Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dresser Makeover

Design Challenge: An extremely conservative budget for a conference room redo. No worries ~ my friend Rachael and I love a challenge and are up for tackling this decorating assignment (it doesn't hurt that this is one of our favorite things to do). So, we have been on the hunt for unique items to repurpose and outfit the room with. We have unearthed all sorts of wonderful discoveries and I'm anxious to share them with you. Future posts will unveil the progress of this space.

One of the furniture requirements for the space is for a buffet/credenza that will serve as a food/drink station for lengthy staff meetings.

We spotted this old bow front chest of drawers at a garage sale for $20.00 (a steal!). It is solid wood, structurally sound and in decent condition. With a little elbow grease and some paint this piece will fit the bill perfectly.

The first step in the process was to remove the hardware and give the entire piece a good scrub with soap and water.

Next, it was given a light sanding with an orbital sander using 120 grit sandpaper to rough up the old finish. Hand sanding was required for some of the more detailed areas. Prep work is essential and will give you a finished product you will be pleased with.

Then, a coat of primer was painted on (we used Kilz water based primer) allowing adequate time to dry thoroughly.

A light sanding between coats will provide a nice smooth finish as well (remember to wipe down with a tack cloth to remove any loose particles).

Lastly, two coats of creamy white paint were applied.

After allowing the paint to dry overnight, the original hardware was screwed back on to the drawers. I love the detail of the drawer pulls and the way the dark hardware really pops against the fresh white paint.

A sneak peak at the finished product...

I love giving cast-offs a second chance and this old chest of drawers will certainly add a unique flavor to our room makeover. It's amazing how a little TLC and some paint completely transformed this garage sale find. I can't wait for you to see this piece when it is installed in the finished room. Be watching for future updates and be sure to keep an eye out as this wonderful dresser makeover finds its new home in our conference room redo.

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