Friday, March 9, 2012

A Little Dresser, A lot of Work

It's been such a long time since I have entered a post and I have missed doing it.  You know all of the things that keep you from getting to your projects, like family, work, health of family members and the list goes on.  But I'm now back on track and it felt so good today to get this little dresser done.

I thought it was such a cute dresser and got it at Goodwill for a really good price.  Well it turned out to be a little more work, no, a lot more work then I thought it would be.  I decided to paint her ASCP Old White and stain the top a dark walnut.

When I sanded it down it looked like it would stain up pretty but it had a deep hole in it on the left front corner.  So I used the stainable wood filler, which did not stain the same color at all.  Does anyone else have problems with that?  So finally I ended up painting it because it looked so obvious.

Then I had another problem, I was running really short on Old White paint, infact I didn't have enough.  So I decided to paint the front of the drawers in Paris Gray, which turned out to be a better choice anyway.  I did the top twice and the drawers twice, no problem.....but how do I get rid of the old smell that this little dresser had?  Really, it's the worst I've ever smelt and seemed to be getting stronger.  I pulled out some yellow latex paint I already had and gave the inside of the drawers several coats of paint.  It helped some but there is still an old wood smell to this little thing.


But it turned out so cute, I love it.  When I was distressing it the old white paint color on the drawers showed through before the wood did and I liked how it almost looked like I had white washed it.  The knobs had been a dirty gold color so I washed them and spray painted them satin nickel.  When you open the drawers they look so clean and bright.  The whole things just looks fresh, doesn't it?

She is ready to go home with someone and be useful for many more years.  Isn't it fun to be able to do that to old worn out furniture?

                                  Thanks so much for stopping by, I love your comments as well.

Look what I am working on next, this buffet that will turn out so beautiful.  Boy does it have a story, come back and find out what it is.


  1. WOW! Great transformation....well worth all your hard work!

  2. There are couple of steps you can take to eliminate the "old icky" smell.

    1. Wipe the interior down white vinegar (straight). Follow up 1:1 vinegar: water, then wipe with damp cloth.

    2. Once the interior is good and dry sprinkle liberally with baking soda. leave closed up for a few days. Dump the baking soda.

    3. Again wipe the interior with 1:1 water vinegar followed by a dampened cloth or sponge.

    Don't be alarmed if there is some fizzing. It just means you didn't get all the baking soda out. That should do it.

    For REALLY strong persistent odors, putting plain charcoal briquettes (NOT the lighter fluid soaked kind) in a mesh bag and closing the drawer leave undisturbed for a few days and the repeat the entire process of vinegar baking soda should do the trick. If there is still a slight odor add sachets to the drawers.

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to pass on a great tip like this one. I'm going to try this tomorrow. Thanks again

  3. Glad you're back! The dresser looks fantastic!!

  4. Such a lovely little chest of drawers now. Well done.
    :) jeanetteann

  5. What a great project! It WAS a lot of work, but looks like it was so worth it. If you would, consider sharing with my readers at


  6. The dresser turned out really cute despite the setbacks.

    I had an old antique cupboard that had a strong smell. I read a tip to dip a cotton ball into vanilla extract, place in a small bowl, and put it in the cupboard.

    It smelled good after that! ;)

  7. I would have never guessed it looked like the before pic, you did a great job! The buffet is beautiful, I don't think I would paint that, but if you do I am sure you will make it look as cute as the dresser.

  8. Super cute transformation!

    Love to invite you to share this on Thingamajig Thursday going on now...


  9. It turned out great! I have found that just putting a couple of pine cones in the drawers and shutting them works wonders!! I am your newest follower. Stop by sometime!! -Sarah

  10. I love the way this turned out. I use a rag soaked in vinegar and rub down all my funky smelling dressers. Just give them a good heavy coat of vinegar and let them dry. The smell of the dresser and of the vinegar goes away...generally. Sometimes have to do it a couple times...especially if it was smoky smelling.

  11. Looks fabulous! Wood filler and stain are a hard mix. I just had an oak dresser with cracks and I ended up painting it. Sacrilegious but one must do what one must do.

  12. It turned out so well and that color is gorgeous! We'd love it if you wanted to link up to our Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal linky party, I know our readers would love to see it too! (It starts tomorrow- Friday, March 16th 2012 at 7:00 am and reoccures every 1st and 3rd Friday)

    -Whitney @ TheRoosterAndTheHen

  13. Wow, I love the new look of the dresser! I'm a new follower and would love to have you stop by my brand new blog and follow, too!

  14. It really wonderful project to create in the wood.It really great interior
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  15. I love the colors. I never find anything like this at the thrift shop. Score! Hugs and happy weekend wishes. P.S> Happy St Patty's Day

  16. your dresser turned out beautiful, can't wait to see what you do with the buffet server!!

  17. Thanks again for linking up, it was a treat to see your project at the party!