Dresser De-Stresser

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Baby time is upon us!

It has taken me the entirety the summer and fall to prepare for our little one’s arrival, but now I can finally share my many projects with you!

$85 on Craigslist!

$85 on Craigslist!

Building a nursery from scratch and on a budget means getting creative, so I decided to refinish a vintage dresser found on Craigslist and use it as our diaper changing table!  This solved several problems right off: adding much needed storage to our limited space and height restrictions for my tall husband (who I did not want to discourage from being able to help with diaper changes due to back aches)!

The dresser was the perfect size and had that old school look I wanted, but the stain was awfully dark and their was some repair work to be done.

I had a vision of something lite in tone but not entirely white, as I was working on a woodsy theme for the room…

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Rough idea sketch

I found this blog post from Censational Girl very helpful when deciding how I would refinish this antique piece, so I won’t waste your time explaining it again when she has done such a lovely job already, but I will show you some great progress pics!

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Remove drawers…

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Sand it!

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Wipe it clean!

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Fill gouges and scratches!

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Repair missing pieces!

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Stain It!

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Several coats if necessary!

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Polyurethane it!

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Several coats if needed!

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Clean and reapply hardware!

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Prime section that gets painted!

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Paint it!

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Poly the painted section too!

So with some sanding, wood filling, re-staining, painting and polyurethane-ing on my side, I was able to create a one of a kind show piece for our little one’s nursery!  And bonus, it holds SO MUCH STUFF!

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Hope you like it!

Many more tidbits to come!

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