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Consignment Shop Dresser: A Makeover to LOVE!

I needed a dresser for the spare bedroom in the Burrow, but I didn’t just want a plain old something picked up from a box store this time. I scoured antique stores, thrift shops, and consignment stores until I found the perfect piece: an old dresser with an attached vanity mirror. I was SOLD!

Still, it was $160, a bit hefty of a price tag for a public educator, so I left it where it sat in the shop. I pondered for a few weeks while I saved up and I realized that I would never find something that perfect, for that price, again. I back went to the shop, Back Home Again, on Winona Ave. in Winona Lake/Warsaw, IN, and pulled the trigger. Because I have a tiny car, the owners of the shop delivered it for me and placed it in the garage!

That’s when the magic began. The dresser was in ROUGH shape, but I knew it would have an amazing second life with some work.

Life in the Burrow

I started by sanding down the top and stripping the original stain.

Life in the Burrow

Then I moved on to the drawers, removed them, removed the old icky knobs, and started to sand them down, too. Once everything was sanded and smooth, I got out the trusty dark walnut stain and went to work. It was really, REALLY humid, so it took awhile for the stain to set, but once it did I followed up with a clear wipe-on polyurethane. It sealed everything nicely and will protect it for years to come.

If you look closely in this next photo, you can see that once I removed the drawers, I found some treasures! A photography award from years and years ago, a bunch of French coins, a couple of old bills, and…a pack of very inappropriate playing cards that were promptly thrown out… That was an interesting find, to be sure!

Life in the Burrow

Life in the Burrow

After the outside was more-or-less satisfactorily finished (I’m still not happy with a portion of the middle drawer…I shall return to fix it later), I decided that the interior of the drawers needed some sprucing up as well. I had a beautiful dark teal color from a previous project and painted the inside of each drawer. It cleaned everything up while providing a muted pop of color when you open the drawers!

Life in the Burrow

Now that all of the painting and staining was finished… I had to do SOMETHING about the gross knobs. So, I purchased some glass knobs from amazon.com.

They fit the dresser and style so well it was like they’d always been there. The bolts that came with the knobs were just BARELY too short to attach properly; instead of spending more money on new bolts, I got out a spade bit and made some deeper holes in the dresser drawers. The drawer faces were so thick, it didn’t mess with the integrity of the piece at all. After that, the bolt and washer fit like a glove and the knobs set perfectly!

I am incredibly pleased with how this piece turned out. It fits the period of my house, provides extra storage, and has an amazing attached mirror. Sometimes, giving an old piece new life is the absolute best way to go, no matter the price tag!

Life in the Burrow

Life in the Burrow

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