Little by little we’re making progress in the baby’s room. We finally got this dresser done that we will be using for a changing table.
We got the dresser from some friends a few months ago. They knew I have a passion for transforming old and worn furniture pieces and asked me if I was interested in this piece…for free! They had used it in their home at one time, but it wasn’t their style anymore and they didn’t want to spend the time to refinish it. So it really worked out perfectly for all of us!
At first I was just going to fix it up and sell it, but when my husband and I got it home, we thought it might work for a dresser/changing table for the nursery. It’s a little smaller than most dressers which was perfect because the nursery is tiny!
My husband helped a ton on this project! I actually told him part way through that if I knew I was selling this piece, I wouldn’t have allowed him to help near as much! I really like to do the work of refinishing furniture myself because, well, I’m the one that gets to put my name on it, so I should be doing the work! Plus, it gives me a sense of pride to see the piece through from beginning to end. But since I knew we were keeping this piece, I let him help more.
He stripped the top of the dresser first, so we could see if we could salvage the top. I love to do a stained top on dressers when they are in good shape. Surprisingly, the top looked perfect under all that paint!
My husband ended up stripping and staining the whole piece with Minwax Dark Walnut stain (two coats on the top and just a quick coat on the body) before I got to painting. The top was finished off with a couple coats of polyurethane for protection.
I have been looking into different chalk painting techniques a lot lately, trying to find what works for me and what doesn’t. For this dresser, I applied the first coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey quite sparingly trying to keep in mind where paint would normally wear off with use. Then I did a second coat the same way. When the paint was dry, I distressed it with 100 grit sand paper and then went over the whole body with clear wax.
My husband spray painted the old knobs with black spray paint. And while we were at IKEA the other day, we saw these drawer pulls that were the size and look we were going for! I was so excited to finally find pulls we liked, I quickly snatched up what we needed before anyone else could get to them!
This stack of vintage books was given to my daughter by my dad for Christmas. They were given to my dad as gifts when he was a little boy. Unfortunately, they were partially damaged in a fire at some point, so some of the pages are a little blackened. These books were able to be salvaged, though, and they mean a lot to him. He wanted to pass them down to his granddaughter to keep them in the family. I love that we have them now and that they have such a personal story behind them.
To see all of our DIY projects and the final room reveal, check out these posts: