Friday, July 2, 2010

Big Dresser Before & After

I started working on this project weeks ago (or maybe months, I  lost track) and just got lazy for some reason and didn't get around to finishing it until now.  I bought these faux bamboo dressers about 4 years ago and after I got them, I decided I didn't like them anymore.  I wanted to get rid of them, but they cost me a pretty penny.  So I decided to just refinish them in a way that would make me like them more.

BEFORE


AFTER




I made a post already showing some of the steps I used to refinish the dresser.  You can find that here.

Here is a quick meltdown of the steps.

The bottom part of the dresser:
  1. Scuff sanded.
  2. Primed with Olympic VOC free primer.
  3. 2 coats of Olympic Crumb Cookie 
  4. Replaced handles with Gatehouse Aged Bronze Pulls from Lowes.
The top part:
  1. Removed varnish with a varnish remover.
  2. Sanded all the way down to the white pine with an orbital sander.
  3. Conditioned the wood with Minwax pre-stain conditioner.
  4. Used about 3 coats of Minwax dark walnut stain.
  5. I started sealing it with tung oil, but switched over to what I used to seal my butcher block counters because it doesn't have a strong smell like the tung oil. (Now I can cut veggies on my dresser, haha) 
It doesn't seem like too much, but it was a lot of work.  So much harder than doing the smaller nightstand like it.

Dark walnut stain.


My bedroom continues to look more complete, still a few more things I want to do yet.




26 comments:

Amy said...

Your bedroom is gorgeous, J! I love it. You have done such a fabulous job with everything...I'm a little jealous :)

Jill said...

Looks great! Like brand new........are you going to switch bedrooms? Interested minds want to know-- LOL.

sarah said...

looks wonderful! found your blog through young house love and wanted to tell you that your closet library inspired me! just bought a (small) house with a closet floor to ceiling full of shelves and i'm totally turning it into a library!

The Monogrammed Mrs. said...

WOWWWWW!!! I LOVE your bedroom. In fact, I would love to do something similar in our guest room. What paint color is on the walls?

Lisa Rusczyk said...

Wow! It looks awesome! Great find and great imagination.

Jolie said...

I haven't decided if I'm switching rooms yet, I'm still debating. I am however sleeping in the guest room now. My clothes and everything are still in the master bedroom.

The paint color on the bedroom wall is Olympic VOC free Pale Vista.

Burrtotheitknee said...

I absolutely love your bedroom. The colors and everything!

teresa-bug said...

Great job on the dresser!! I am amazed at your energy....how do you keep it up?

Tricia said...

That dresser is gorgeous!! It reminds me of something out of the Ballard Designs catalog.

shawnadammit said...

The dresser looks amazing. Love the drawer pulls.

Chelsea@ThisFreshFossil said...

Oh my, that dresser looks amazing! My jaw seriously dropped when I saw it! I love the little bamboo details now - they're not overpowering like they were before, they just add a touch of nature and a little bit of whimsy to the sides. I love, love, LOVE that you did the top in a dark stain - it really pops against the white, and the handles are perfect. Your bedroom is really coming together!

~Chelsea

Emily said...

seriously goregous!!! I could live in your house... love your style!

Amy Lagerquist said...

It looks wonderful, very inviting and soothing.

I have to know...did you make the two twig jewelry holders on the dresser top, or did you buy them somewhere? (If you bought them, where? They're great!)

Jolie said...

Amy, I bought those. One is a jewelry holder from Urban Outfitters. The other one is actually like a rose vase from ZGallerie, you fill the bottom with water and put roses in it, but I'm using it as a jewelry holder.

Teresa-bug, I'm just naturally hyperactive, I'm one of those people that wake up climbing the walls! lol

Cathy said...

Beautiful, your bedroom looks so comfy-cozy! Really great job on the dresser, a whole new look!

Lou :) said...

Jolie the dresser came out just lovely the whole room looks beautiful!!!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I love the dark top with the white. Just lovely.

myflarelady said...

just saw what you did at Better After. Great job! Was the varnish remover easy to work with?? And what did you do to the top two drawers that looked to have some wicker type stuff on the face?

Jeralee said...

Saw your dresser on "Better After" and hopped over here! LOVE how this turned out! I am excited to look around on your blog and see what else you have done!

Dharma said...

Better After blogger here too....love the makeover, think I'll snoop through your projects for an hour or two :) Great job.

Stevie @ Home is Where My Heart is said...

Gorgeous! I would have done the dresser the exact same way, dark walnut on white looks so pretty.

Jolie said...

myflarelady, Yes, the varnish was very hard to take off. I had to put it on very thick and do it a few times to get as much as I could off, then sand it down the rest of the way.
The wicker was glued and nailed to the top 2 drawers, I took a chisel and hammer and chiseled it off. It didn't come off real smooth, so the top 2 drawers are a little bit bumpy, but I think it just gives it an old rustic look. Glad you like it :)

Sunshine and Shadows said...

I love how this turned out. I wouldn't have seen the potential for it to become what it did. Great job.

Dianne said...

You did a fantastic job!! Just love the dark walnut with the white. Your bedroom looks lovely.
You did it yourself, and saved money! Yahoo!

Young and Crafty said...

Simply gorgeous makeover! Looks like a completely different dresser!!

Hannah
Check out my new blog!!
http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/

Sarah said...

Your dresser looks AMAZING! You have a great eye for design. I have a buffet/hutch that I want to refinish in a similar style, but I'm not sure if I'm ready to take the plunge yet. You are right, it is a lot of work. Great job!
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