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A few weeks ago my friend Suzanne and I were enjoying one of our before work at Zero-Dark-Thirty runs when I spotted a dresser on its side that had been left for the garbage man. Suzanne and I examined it and thought it had potential to be repaired and given a new life. When the run was over I called Mr. SP and begged him to go look at the dresser because I knew that it would be gone by the time I could get there after school. Mr. SP is the nicest guy in the world and agreed to go look at the dresser even though I knew it was the last thing that he wanted to do before work. He also thought it had potential, so into the Explorer it went.
The dresser is solid wood with a faux wood grain finish that was chipped off in a few places.
The back had loose nails sticking out in several places so we had to be very careful when we carried from the truck into the basement. I pulled the offending nails out first thing to avoid an accidental scrape.
We decided to sand off the finish with a belt sander. This also allowed any deep gouges to be smoothed out.
The bottom drawer of the dresser was missing the back piece so after we sanded the dresser, the next step was to fix the drawer.
A piece of wood from Mr. SP’s stash was cut to size.
It was too thick, so we ran it through the planer until it was the same thickness as the other drawer pieces, 1/2”.
Mr. SP then made dove tail joints on each end of the board.
A line then needed to be routed to hold the drawer bottom.
Once we were sure that everything fit perfectly, the drawer back was glued into place.
Now this drawer is as good as new! After this picture was taken we sanded both sides to smooth the board and to remove the pencil writing.
Mr. SP did a great job making the dovetail joints. They fit perfectly!
I purchased three decorative wooden pieces for the drawer fronts.
I didn’t like the raised decorative piece on the bottom drawer, so it was sanded off with the belt sander.
Just when I thought the repair work was complete, Mr. SP decided that the warped top drawer must be repaired. He determined that the drawer front was the warped piece and removed it. The easiest fix seemed to be to make a new drawer front, so that’s what he did.
Looks like an exact match, doesn’t it?
We squared, glued, and clamped the drawer and after it dries, it should be as good as new.
The next problem to solve was the lack of drawer supports inside of the dresser. After a few measurements were taken and some routing was accomplished, the drawer supports were in place.
We are getting closer! New hardware needs to be selected and so does a paint color.
Click here to see the end result of this makeover.
I could use some suggestions on a paint color. I’m planning to use this piece in my living room in the location of the marble top table below. (The wall and trim color may change this summer.)
The rug will stay, so the color that I choose definitely needs to work with it. I am planning to experiment with chalk paint in the near future, but I don’t want that look for this piece.
Help me out! I’d love to hear your opinion or suggestions for a color for this dresser.