Second Chance at Life ~ Dresser

Dresser Redo

There have been many projects that I’ve wanted to do well before we even sold our first house. The main one, though, was bringing home two large pieces of furniture from my grandpa’s chicken coop up north. I’m a sentimental person and want to save and restore anything I can get my hands on. I believe that most old & forgotten furniture can, for the most part, be saved and new life breathed into it. From the time I laid my eyes on the old furniture that was piled up in the chicken coop, I knew some day I’d bring it all home and do just that.

Dresser Redo

Unfortunately, our first house was shy of 900 square feet and my husband kept saying we not only didn’t have room to actually work on the projects, but we didn’t have a place to store any of them, either. That didn’t stop me from wanting to do them anyway. I gave in, though, and our house finally sold.

We then moved in with my mom and I kept thinking, “OK, NOW maybe I can bring them home and start working on them.” WRONG. Once again, there wasn’t enough room. Another year went by of my longing to work on these pieces. As you know, in April we bought our new house, but it wasn’t until just a few months ago that I was FINALLY able to bring these beloved pieces home.
Dresser Redo

Dresser Redo

 

Dresser Redo

Dresser Redo

The buffet and dresser were put in the basement where they sat until a month ago. I finally made the decision that NOW was the right time to pick one piece and bring it back to life. I chose the dresser as it would be the easiest project to complete as it was just a shell. I think at one point it may have had drawers, but my grandpa must have modified it into shelves. It was newer wood and didn’t match the majority of the dresser.

Dresser Redo

I started by washing it thoroughly with Dawn dish soap and water. It had YEARS worth of dust and dirt on it so it took a few rounds of scrubbing before I felt confident enough that it was ready to be primed.

 

I did two coats of Kilz primer. I know with some paints you don’t need to prime, but for my peace of mind, I felt like primer would seal in anything I wasn’t able to wash off.

Dresser Redo

Dresser Redo

I used a product new to me by DecoArt called Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Yesteryear for the main color. It applied very easily and only required two coats. Since this was my first time using chalk paint, I didn’t feel confident distressing or applying a wax coating. I really just wanted to keep it simple. I figure over time it will age and distress on its own πŸ™‚

Dresser Redo

Dresser Redo

Here’s the finished product! πŸ™‚ I knew the second we bought this house that the dresser was going to go here. It was the perfect spot. I ran to Home Goods and Target to get baskets so now I have places for hats and mittens along with a place for the vintage linens from my great-great-grandma. I also displayed a photo of my great-grandparents’ house, books I’ve been collecting over the years, a table runner from the vintage linens, a vase of flowers from our yard, an inspirational sign, and a mirror that also came out of the chicken coop. It’s on the list to be refinished next πŸ™‚

Dresser Redo

Dresser Redo

Dresser Redo

I’m still searching for a replacement piece of this beautiful detailing. If anyone knows of place where I could order Β something like this, PLEASE let me know down in the comments!!! There are quite a few pieces missing on one side and I’d like to piece them back in or replace it all together.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post of a forgotten dresser getting a second chance at life πŸ™‚

 

Much love,

Liz

 

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