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Topic: Nom Nom Nom 70's dresser revamp!!!  (Read 4215 times)
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« on: September 06, 2012 07:21:20 AM »

OK so can you believe that I have been on craftster since 2006 and I have never ever posted anything despite the fact that I love crafting and I absolutely adore coming on here and checking out all the amazing things that people create! absolutely fills my days up with sunshine Grin

Anyway, I've got a small collection of things that I've done over the years so thought that I would start posting them finally!

I'm constantly on the look out for free stuff or bizarre bargains so I regularly visit a few certain websites great ones in particular are gumtree.com, trade-it.co.uk and uk.freecycle.org, I'm also quite lucky that the area I live in people always chuck their furniture out on the street to be collected. Little do they know that it's being collected by me!! (insert evil laugh here). Just in case you're interested a few random things I've managed to pick up for free are an upright Piano (which I couldn't actually fit through my front door so I sold it for 50 Cheesy. A gold fish called Audrey. A massive collection of Doctor Who magazines and lots of other stuff amongst the more normal items such as desks and wardrobes.

So after that massive intro let's get to the item in question! I picked this rather ugly, 70's looking dresser with a mirror from trade-it for 10 which is usually more than I would pay for something off one of these web sites but as soon as  saw it my creative buds started salivating so I had to buy it. I've tried to find a before picture but I don't have one, so I found this which kind of looks similar.

It was in pretty bad condition, it almost looked like somebody had poured bleach on it but I have no idea if pouring bleach on wood actually effects it at all (anyone know?) so I took this sorry looking bit of furniture and started straight away. First of all I gave it a bit of a clean to get rid of any cobwebs and mud and what have you, then I sanded it all over which helps the paint grip to the wood. When I was working on this project I lived above a pub that I also worked in so one day I snuck in and stole some Magnolia matt paint. Well... not really I did ask permission but I did sneak in so that nobody else would ask me to work  Wink I had to give everything about three coats and it took about two days to dry fully. At this point I was going to keep the mirror attached but I decided to give the mirror to my sister as I felt that the dresser looked better without it. The top of the dresser isn't actually painted but is in fact wallpaper Smiley. I'd picked it up ages ago from B&Q and had it hanging around waiting to do something with it and I thought it looked perfect. The wallpaper was really thick so instead of using superglue or anything like that I used wood glue to attach it to the top of the dresser. After everything was dried I gave it several coats of varnish and ta da! fin!

It now lives at my Dad's house and I think he's battered it around a bit so maybe in a few years time I might try another design, maybe a slate grey with a scrabble mosaic top? any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2012 09:58:52 AM »

That turned out really pretty.  I love the wall paper you used on top.

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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2012 01:51:41 PM »

Very nice. And it is lovely that you are starting to post stuff.
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2012 03:05:17 PM »

Awesome revamp and cheerful wallpaper topping

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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2012 05:09:04 PM »

Oh man, I like how you redid the dresser. but I loveeeeeeeeeeeee the dresser before. I work at a vintage shop and I haven't seen anything like that. *drooling*
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2012 03:39:24 PM »

It was in pretty bad condition, it almost looked like somebody had poured bleach on it but I have no idea if pouring bleach on wood actually effects it at all (anyone know?)

It's looking like yours was lacquered wood, so my guess would be nail polish remover to ruin the surface (which makes sense for what looks like it was a make-up table). I don't know if bleach does anything to lacquer; I do know that if you put bleach on untreated wood, it does the very thing you'd expect - bleach. If you have old untreated wood that darkened over the years, but didn't darken evenly (like I had with a part of my pallet wood), putting thick bleach on it overnight leaves it a LOT lighter in the morning, also more evenly colored. You do have to rub the bleach out evenly though before leaving it, else you get bleach stains. A job for gloves, safety glasses and a well-aired room, let me tell you.
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