Dress(er) You Up With My Love

6 Sep

This week, Steve and I undertook a pretty hefty project (for us).

We bought an old oak dresser and refinished it.

Slap a little paint, drill some hardware, load ‘er up with clothes, and you’re good to go, right?

Oh no. This was an endeavor. As in, I lost my sh*t probably three times a night for an entire week kind of endeavor.

This post isn’t a tutorial on painting, because this project was a big learning experience for me. Mostly it’s a post to show everyone point A and point Z and nothing about how we got from one to the next.

Painting a large piece of furniture is a labor of hate love. You paint a coat, wait a day, sand/buff it out. Repeat. Four times.

Next is going through the meticulous process of attaching the hardware. Let me tell you – that is a lot tougher than it seems. There is a strong likelihood that you will throw at least one drawer and drill down the hallway in frustration. That’s a good time to stop working and have a Popsicle. Or if you aren’t suffering from constant sobriety, a hearty glass of wine.

All that being said, the final result was worth the hard work.

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Final result.

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Hardware pulls, Amerock brand, were purchased from Miner’s Hardware.

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This little handle was purchased from Anthropologie. Definitely worth the splurge of $12.

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Drawer liners are an inexpensive way to add a nice personal touch to your dresser. I found this and many other amazing patterns here.

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While I was at it, I put together a little storage cabinet to use too. I used the extra drawer liners to back the cubes that are exposed.

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I raided some items from my childhood to help stock the nursery. I’m sure the kid is going to LOVE outdated junk from the early 1980s. I mean, who wouldn’t?

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And our cat still seems to think the room is being redone just for him.

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10 Responses to “Dress(er) You Up With My Love”

  1. Jess September 18, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    I LOVE the nursery! Fancy boy is going to be one lucky little boy to have such an awesome room. Also, side note – so glad I admired the adorable clothes in the drawer because I was definitely going to get you the Fancy Pants onesie . . .

    • tealandtulle October 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

      Ha! You and I are of the same mindset. ❤ BTW – the book you gave us is proudly on display on the dresser. We both love it.

  2. Jessica September 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    I love that chair and pillow combo!

  3. Jackie September 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    The nursery is really coming together! I love that dresser and it is so much cuter than if you found something brand new!

    • tealandtulle September 16, 2013 at 11:51 am #

      Thanks Jackie! I’m pleased with how it came out too. Sanding and painting is a LOT of work (as you know).

  4. Meghan September 6, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Wow, the dresser looks great! We actually bought a china cabinet recently that we plan to sand/repaint white just as you have done here, and now frankly I am terrified of tackiling this project. Any helpful tips? I absolutely love the hardware you picked out. Perfectly adorable! And your nursery looks great!!

    • tealandtulle September 16, 2013 at 11:50 am #

      I wish you the best of luck with your project! I already have another item I need to sand and paint, and I’m dreading it. 🙂

  5. Mom September 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    I can’t believe it turned so well! After seeing the ‘before’ in person and now seeing the final product, I’m amazed. You two have done such an incredible job on your nursery.

    • tealandtulle September 16, 2013 at 11:50 am #

      Thanks! It was a lot of (frustrating) work, but it eventually came together.

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