This week's project was a doozie, I must say! I picked this old dresser up after seeing it on a local yardsale site. It was only $40 and I liked it's lines. I saw the potential in the picture....then I saw it in real life.
Yikes!!!! Talk about needing help! Alas, it was mine and I brought it home.
Initially, I was going to go with a stained top, painted bottom look (One of my favorite styles). These are a few pics of the process...
|Citri-Strip doing it's magic!|
Step 1: Use a thick layer of Citri-Strip and let it sit and WORK. This is after about 15 minutes!
Step 3: Sand the area SMOOTH. I started with 120 grit and eventually ended up at 600 grit sand paper.
Step 4: I used Howard's Feed and Wax to condition the wood after all that harsh stripping and sanding. It.Worked.Miracles. Seriously, it is amazing stuff. Just LOOK at that!
So, by the time I was done, I was happy with it. Then the hubs came along....and mentioned I should do the drawers to match the top. (-.-)
I started to say no. Actually I did say no, rather rudely. But the thought was stuck in my head. SooOOOooo.....Repeat steps 1-4. Try not to be as huffy as I was about it.
When I was FINALLY done, this is what it looked like:
I chose Annie Sloan's Emporer's Silk for the body and boy am I happy with the result:
I finished "Ruby" with light and dark waxes and here she is in all her glory:
I really love the red with the stained top and drawers. The original hardware was just gawdy, so that went and in came these cup style pulls. They were originally NICKEL color pulls. I'll have to do a separate post about how I got that awesome textured look, but it's something I really enjoy for them.
Now when I was finally getting close to done, I started talking selling price with the hubs. His first response? I want to keep it! Sigh...I didn't object. ;)
Unfortunately, my living room layout is pretty restrictive so for now she is semi-hidden. I still love how we used two of our favorite transformation as living room end tables though! Hope you all enjoyed the story behind "Ruby"! Love to all, Claudia
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