I found this dresser and nightstand set at a garage sale and managed to get both for $20. They clearly needed refinishing but were solid wood and had nice simple clean lines. They were yelling for handles to be added too!
Of course they were bought almost 4 months before I did anything with them, but that's the way things go around here. I have to both suddenly find the time AND motivation to start. A feat in itself, but why doesn't that ever happen with, say, cleaning? the bathrooms?
So one miraculous day I said, "I'm going to start sanding that dresser" and pulled out the ol' black and decker electric sander. That made the process go pretty fast and since it was still nice out, I was able to do it outside during naptime for the younger ones while the oldest was at school. Until pick-up time when I had to wake up younger ones, put away all the tools and dangerous things, and head over to school. But my arms and back were usually getting sore by then anyway.
I did the nightstand first to put in my daughter's "big girl" room. Once I had finished it all, I realized it stank with a capital S. So I couldn't put that in her room. I found this great eco-friendly no-odor no-VOC product on Young House Love called Acrylaq, and ordered it from a local place (well, a 45 minute drive from me, so I didn't want to pick it up. They were glad to ship it right to my door! Of course I had to pay a bit more, but it was worth it.). Two coats of that stuff and I was breathing much easier. It doesn't even smell anymore! (I used regular cheap paint from WalMart, which I got without really thinking ahead about the fumes issue).
After sanding (which took a week or so as I fit in an hour here and there), I had this:
|Putting the Acrylaq on the nightstand (in back) and the primer on the dresser|
The finished product, after about a month's worth of work:
Happy painting and sky-watching--