Here is the before. The stain on the top of it was dry and flaky.
It was structurally sound for the most part, but we did replace the bottom of one of the drawers. I just took the old drawer bottom to Lowe's, found the same thickness plywood, and the helpful Lowe's associate cut a new bottom that fit perfectly! I'm sure it varies across the country from store to store, but I LOVE our Lowe's in our little town. The associates are so knowledgeable and helpful.
I'm really sensitive to odors and boy was this poor dresser stinky! It smelled musty and old. After checking online, I used a trick another blogger swore by which was to wipe the drawers out with a vinegar and water mixture, leaving them slightly damp, and setting them out in the sun for a day or two. It really made a big difference!
I knew because the stain on top was so flaky that my best bet would be to strip it down to bare wood. This is what I used...
I liked the fact that it is "natural" and doesn't have harsh fumes. The nice lady at Lowe's (noticing a theme here? No they are not paying me to say this!) recommended it and it worked like a charm! I had a nice surprise once I got that step done. Here is a picture of the top of the dresser once I got it stripped. It was formed in strips of wood like a hardwood floor.
I used my chalk paint recipe, which you can find HERE. The paint color I used is Valspar "Cream in My Coffee". My silly trick for figuring out a color when there are 200 "cream" colors to choose from is to pick one that I like the name of...no kidding. This is why my bedroom is painted in "Tornado Watch", the office in "Balmy", and much of the rest of the house in "Latte". Corny huh? Well, that's the way I roll.
Are you ready for the unveiling? Meet Chloe!
Here is a close up of the top. I stained it in Minwax Dark Walnut and gave it several coats of poly to protect it. This is the first piece of furniture I stripped. It was messy but surprisingly easy. I was so excited about it and very pleased with the look of it.
One more shot...
And of course, a furniture makeover isn't complete without a before and after so here it is...
Let me know what you think of Chloe. I really wanted to keep her, but I have a similar sized piece that has sentimental value that I will be working on soon so I'm selling her. :(
Well that's it for today! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and I will see ya next week!
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