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Topic: I don't feel like it's crafty, but I sure am proud of it!  (Read 3311 times)
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« on: January 09, 2010 05:00:10 AM »

My husband is in the Air Force and we move quite a bit. I don't like to spend a lot of money on furniture since it gets damaged when we move, so I found this awesome dresser at The Salvation Army to use as our TV stand. Well, our previous apartment didn't have great lighting. We thought the dresser looked amazing and we were always happy with it.

Then we moved.

We saw the dresser for what it truly is and I decided that I just could not live another moment with that ugly thing stinking up my living room.


Step 1: Sanding

Tip: Try not to smoke and sand at the same time. It won't really hurt any thing, but you might drop your cigarette.

Here's a closeup of the door. There were some weird, hard spots that looked like paste. I had to sand those off and it didn't occur to me to take pictures before sanding them off.

Step 2:  ......


I hope you guys like this as much as I do.
« Last Edit: January 09, 2010 05:07:21 AM by 7daytrial » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2010 05:16:00 AM »

Oh wow, that is SO much better.  Great job. 

We also have cheap-o refurb furniture because we (used to) move so much.  The trick we found is just layers and layers and layers of clear coat, and keep some touch up paint handy.  The joints will always shift during the moving process, and black just tells all of your secrets without remorse.
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2010 05:22:43 AM »

Sadly, I don't think this dresser will make it through another move. The back is coming off and the bottom is falling out. I'm going to try and make her last, but I don't hold out a lot of hope.

If it makes it through another move, I'll definitely have to repaint the top and probably touch up the corners or I may just pick another color and start all over Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2010 07:40:49 AM »

Fantastic recon!
The before pic looks like the poor dresser has been through a house fire.
The coral as an accent color helps give it a more modern and fun look.

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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2010 08:06:52 AM »

WOW what a transformation it looks so much better, no wonder your proud of it.  I was an army brat for all of my childhood so understand the pain of having to pack everything up every 6 months or so, and the amount of furniture that doesnt quite make it to the next place in one piece.

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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2010 09:03:22 AM »

Now that's a great recon.
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2010 09:28:27 AM »

the recon looks great! but i kinda like the "we saved this from a fire" look of the original.
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2010 03:14:11 PM »

the recon looks great! but i kinda like the "we saved this from a fire" look of the original.

The "saved from a fire" look is what drew me to it in the first place. The first picture is from the old apartment with bad lighting. When we got it to the current place, it looked more like it was salvaged from the theater storeroom.
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2010 04:01:23 PM »

What an endeavor! That's fantastic!

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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2010 04:49:37 PM »

Wow, I love it. 

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