My parents generously gave us a dresser for the nursery. Bonus: It is the dresser I used as a baby.
The dresser is a gorgeous antique that we determined was made sometime between 1920 – 1958.
It had some scratches on it and didn’t match the crib I want… so I decided to refinish it. I started on it this weekend and made great progress.
Before I went to work on it, the dresser looked like this:
Here are the drawers:
I used Leon’s belt sander to sand it down. Of course… I wore the mask. Can I just say… I had NO CLUE how powerful belt sanders are! It literally almost pulled me off my feet. This part took a long time. I had to take a few breaks… Also, I had to use sand paper to hand- sand parts that were hard or impossible to reach with the belt sander. This is what it looked like after I sanded it.
Then I removed the drawer pulls from the drawers and sanded the drawers.
The belt sander made quick work of these.
I chose stain in Espresso; I always use MiniWax brand.
I applied my first coat of stain. You have to let it sit at least 5 hours or so between coats so I will go back out there tomorrow to add another coat. I’m thinking I’ll need at least 3 coats to get the richness I want. But here it is after one coat.
I am very happy with how this is turning out. I’ll be honest though…. I didn’t realize how must hard work and manual labor this would be. This was my first time playing with the belt sander and it was much harder than I thought it would be. It was hot outside, it was hard to breathe with the mask and the goggles on… and using the sander required a fair amount of muscle and exertion. Hindsight is 20/20 but knowing what I know now.. I should have done this project in my 2nd trimester.
The hard part is done though and the rest is easy. 🙂
I want to replace the knobs on the drawers. I have a few ideas but I haven’t committed to anything yet. Here are some options I saw at Hobby Lobby. (I normally boycott Hobby Lobby since they tend to
ignore blatantly disregard lgbt and women’s rights… but they have a killer selection of knobs!)
I’ll post finished photos of the dresser soon! Until then… I’m off to continue nesting!!!
Sarah and Mordred