Craigslist Dresser Makeover

Today is a momentous day. We finally made-over a dresser we got when we first got married! {which is over 2 years ago, but no big deal}

But the story of the dresser is a classic tale. I'll give you the cliff notes:

"Young married couple with no money buys the least crappy craigslist dresser they could find."

 

Exciting huh? Well, I've wanted to update this dresser from the moment we decided to buy it. But it clearly took the back seat to other "more important" things like moving and real life. Whatever. Now it has finally had its moment. And I love it. The most TLC this thing has had in over 2 years was the thorough cleaning I gave it when we first brought it home..it was a craigslist dresser after all, folks. But now, it looks like it's been loved again. It's happy, I'm happy, everyone's happy. The funny thing is that I really didn't have a clear vision for this dresser before I really decided to dig in and get it finished. So the inspiration came along the way and I'm happy I listened to my intuition. {So much happiness around here} 

 

Here's what I used: 

 Valspar mint green shade, Caulk, Rubbing Alcohol, Ovation: Essential Shade, Wood Filler, Clear Coat Spray Paint

Valspar mint green shade, Caulk, Rubbing Alcohol, Ovation: Essential Shade, Wood Filler, Clear Coat Spray Paint

I got the mint green shade from the damaged table at Lowes. I LOVE the damaged table at Lowes, but that's a separate story and hoarding confession....

 

The "before" {but after the removal of the awful hardware - sorry no pic of those guys, but believe me, they weren't pretty}:

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Steps:

 


Step 1: We sanded everything down and cleaned it with some rubbing alcohol sprayed on a rag
{thankfully, this dresser was pretty much raw wood, so it didn't require the full-on sander}


 
 

Step 2: We slathered some wood filler on all the holes and deep cuts in the wood


 
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Step 3: We sanded everything again and then caulked all the edges


 
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 Don't mind me - I was just admiring the handsome husband

Don't mind me - I was just admiring the handsome husband

 

Step 4: After waiting for the caulk to dry, we drilled new holes for the hardware and then lightly sanded and cleaned everything again. Then we finally got to paint something!


 
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Step 5: We gave the inside of the drawers a pop of color {my favorite part of the whole makeover}


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Step 6: After two coats, we waited for each piece to dry and then sprayed them with clear coat spray


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Step 7: After the clear coat dried, we installed the new hardware and put the dresser back together! All Done!


 

Dobby was just so happy about the new dresser, he decided to make an appearance

 

Whew, that was a long one. Thanks for sticking with me.
 

 

 

 

Now excuse me while I go fill up this beauty with some displaced clothing.