Hi there readers! After a great weekend of staining, drilling, oiling and reorganizing, our made-over dresser is ready to share. This was one of those awesome times where my wonderful fiancé Shaun helped me pull it all together. I am getting pretty into those stay-home-and-DIY-together-dates, let me tell you (though I’m not sure he’d say the same…)
When we left off on Wednesday, I showed you the inspiration image for where I wanted to take our entry space.
Armed with my colour scheme vision, I got to work and dragged my dresser outside for a makeover. (Sorry about the exposure. I was bound and determined to get it stained and I wasn’t about to wait for the sun to cooperate with my photo opp.)
This dresser was cheap to begin with, the extent to which I only discovered when I actually took to staining it. The drawer fronts and top are real wood, but the rest is the cheapest possible option: wood panel sides, particle board drawers, no sliders… Even the bottom curved piece in the front is, what I just discovered, plywood! Sheesh.
It has had its far share of hard times too, and it showed. Stained, damaged…
Or just straight up chewed by one bored
little big puppy.
To get rid of the damage, I sanded it down with some light grit sandpaper.
Here it is with its first coat of the Varathene Espresso Stain I got from Home Depot.
I gave it another two coats (three total) with a rag and a Q-tip to get into the crevices.
I was recommended protecting it with a clear varnish, but let’s be honest, I was cheap and lazy and opted out of it. It was a cheap piece to begin with, so I wasn’t terribly particular. That being said, it needed something because once it dried it still looked rather dull and dry. I LOVED my Feed-N-Wax on other wood pieces in the past so I decided to give it a go. Worth it!
After oiling it up, Shaun took over to swap the hardware from those ugly wood knobs to crisp, modern, silver half-moon pulls. I admittedly could have handled this section too, but he’s just so much better suited to lining them up properly before drilling. (We really do have perfectly lined up and level shelves and hung prints).
Clearly was a good choice.
Just LOOK at how much better the top of the dresser looks compared to how it did before.
How much better is that?!
Enough of the finish, let’s look at the big picture!
I wasn’t so sure about the chevron wall, but clearly, such a bold choice (bold for me anyway) needed some dark pieces to ground it. I just find it handsome, somehow. All the turquoise and feminine prints needed more masculine touches, like the dresser and my ikea rug.
Because I’m sure lots of you like before and afters as much as me, here’s how our space was looking just after we painted the accent wall…
To the inspiration image...
To now. How close did that stain come out to the dresser I was admiring?
I’m thrilled with the results. It was worth waiting to really decide what I needed to do with it. I still of course need to find a real mirror for the space (this one is stolen from the kitchen) but it will have a very similar vibe.
And just for fuuun (And Russell Peters fans? Only a Canadian thing?), here’s a true before and after. I made the changes, but even I’m struck by how different it looks, and much changes you can make in a rental space!
I’m so much happier every time I look at our entry way! (Which is a lot, considering how small our place is.) It gives the first impression and I am so much more proud of my home with this cheap but effective update!
(I literally spent 8 bucks on the stain. That’s it, I even had the pulls stashed away from last summer for a project like this!)
)I’m looking forward to hosting my friends for lunch this Saturday with my inviting little entry way.
Happy Tuesday! Enjoy the summer day :)