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found on a fb shopping page--

LAST Saturday

I was in a pseudo Twilight Zone trying to buy this danged dresser.

And TODAY-Saturday

the dresser has a whole new look-style-vibe and is already looking for a new home via the antq mall!

working on a classic REfinish

Well, like I said in the last post,

I had visions of  a simple, classic, and elegant REdo.

I jumped right into REfinishing the top and working on the many needed repairs.  I knew what colors I planned on using—I could SEE IT finished!

A N D   T H E N, when I couldn’t fall asleep one night, this OTHER IDEA came to me.  Contingent to finding the right floral~something.  With NO wallpaper that fits this new vision, I went in search of a large poster!

working on the drawers

I was feeling kind of badly that I already painted the drawers that pretty pale watery-blue-green.  Seemed like a waste.  But then–I made an adjustment to the poster as I cut it out, and left a ½” reveal all around.

FYI– Press n’ seal works great to cover & protect the steel wheels,  as you see below.

working on the Victorian dresser

On to the poster~

a great poster!

Taking one drawer at a time –from the bottom drawer up– I tacked the poster at the bottom drawer edge, then used a box cutter along the top edge to cut out each part of the poster.

cutting & applying the poster sections

cutting & applying the poster sections

Once things were “settled” and easier to see, I absolutely decided on cutting each section down for a ½” reveal of the blue-painted drawers.

You can see how “pristine” the poster looks, which some might like, but I wanted a very old look.  So I crumpled up each section, and even tore it a bit like “wear.”  THEN I used heavy-duty wallpaper paste to apply each section.

–Decoupaging with a poster is no easy feat, and very different to work with~thickness and finish of paper.  LOTS of patience is REQUIRED.

decoupaging a poster~

decoupaging a poster~

TEXTURE!  This poster was a printing of a canvas painting! ♥♥♥

Plus, you can see my additional “age.”

This poster was a printing of a canvas painting!

Once the postered sections were afixed and dry, I brushed on a top coat to seal it.  I’m tempted to run back down to the antq mall with a white paint pen and outline the edges for a little more “finish.”  Up close~I think it needs it, but in the general view it looks fine as is.   So, idk~

Catherine

~here’s a bunch of views to really show the details of this project.
I really LUV it!
I’m sharing this dresser project at Feathered Nest Friday!
And with WoW us Wednesday!

my Victorian dresser~NOW!

my Victorian dresser~NOW!

my Victorian dresser~NOW!

details~my Victorian dresser~NOW!details~my Victorian dresser~NOW!

the side panel of my Victorian dresser

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Yes, they had problems.

The bottoms were sagging and falling out.  Nails were sticking out so much that the drawers were really difficult to open and close.  Veneer was chipped, cracked, gouged, and missing in a few areas.

But all conquerable problems.

repairing the many drawer problems

not original but worth keeping!

Although the hardware is NOT original, it looks pretty nice and only needs minor attention–so it’s a keeper!

I did use a hammer to PERSUADE them to follow the curves of drawers!  ; D

I HAD a vision for this dresser.  Simple, classic, and elegant.

But thenI was struck with this other idea. . .

Catherine

~can’t wait to show you—here’s a little hint!

just a little HINT!

working on the drawers

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can anything be worth all this trouble?This poor dresser.

Did I rescue it from a hostage situation?

It certainly –felt like- a high level ransom exchange.

Some people should be banned from selling/buying -ANYthing.  E V E R.

Well~ it’s mine now to

shower with LUV!

Until I REsell it to a new good home, that is!

The smell was overwhelming on the drive back, so I off-loaded it to air out and sit in the sun all day.  Honestly, it could sit there all week and I’m pretty sure I’m still going to have to take additional measures.  Ugh.

starting from the TOP!

Well–as predicted, I started out by stripping the top.

I WOOD TOPS.

The stain was miserable, there were areas of some very thickly applied -varnish?  Over the dirt and bad condition.  wth?

Stripping was a sticky, gooey, nasty mess.  It was GROSS.  But a VAST IMPROVEMENT already.

UNfortunately, something LARGE left a watermark, and someone wrote on something VERY HARSHLY that etched its way through too.  B u m m e r.

Especially because I had visions of a waxed, RAW wood top.

Instead, I used a natural oak stain that would be slightly more than a clear-coat.

showing the TOP some luv

showing the TOP some luv

showing the TOP some luv

showing the TOP some luv

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too bad I couldn’t get the underside very clean-

those DRAWERS
Stripped, sanded, then RAW.
Finally, in the last dresser top picture~ a light natural oak stain, and with a (just applied and very wet) PROTECTIVE-satin finish-SEAL COAT.

Now, moving on—it’s time to address

those drawers.

Catherine

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*Sorry for the long story*

found on a fb shopping page--Saw this ad on one of the fb shopping pages.

A very cool dresser but ~almost an hour’s drive.

B U T~

the price—makes. it. w o r t h while?

$60

You just know it’s gonna need work.

 

So I messaged her to ask about it.

And this is how it went.

How long would YOU have stuck with this?

idk~ is it worth the trouble?

idk~ is it worth the trouble?

All I did was click on the pic-icon from my phone to see a bigger picture of the dresser—and it changed her ad…???

Take notice of the silence~gaps in time just to arrange this whole thing…

(this was all while I was working on the 3rd looooong table)
idk~ is it worth the trouble?

When I STILL hadn’t heard anything around 6:30 I was reluctant to start out in her direction.  What if I get to her small town and still haven’t heard from her?….  Is this a new “Craigslist killer” on the loose??

All of this “communication” was through fb message.  Which I hate.

Now almost 8:30 (original appointment SET BY HER was for 6pm)  Oh yeah!  She gave me a phone number to text her on—so I called it.

Of course- got voicemail.  I left a –frustrated– message.

DID YOU SEE THAT?  10:44  Can you come tomorrow?

Seriously lady?

Are you REALLY trying to sell something?

I stewed on it for a while.  Looked at the picture a few more times—do I really want this?  IS IT REALLY WORTH THIS MUCH TROUBLE?  I toyed with setting another appointment and NEVER SHOWING UP to get even…

…and then -foolishly- text back I could come at 10am. . . F O O L.

She responded with it WOULD HAVE TO BE 9.

O.  M.  G.

I returned to ideas of NEVER SHOWING UP again.

idk~ is it worth the trouble?

…how generous.  Did you notice how many times I had to ask for the address?

Just to finish~  when I got to the address at 9:45, there were 5 or 6 cars on the long driveway — but I had to keep knocking to get anyone to answer the door.  Then, another 15 minutes to get her kids up to move cars just to get to the dresser in the garage.

Is this a joke?

Figuring I might be on my own to load it—I made her help me before I would pay.  No ‘thank you‘s were exchanged—I sure wasn’t feeling very -kindly.

was it worth this much trouble?

Here’s my before –treasure–.

Airing out ’cause -omg- it stinks.  Can I report her to fb?

I’ve lost my mind~haven’t I?

-ugh, stay tuned

Catherine

can anything be worth all this trouble?

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a Bird Song Dresser

Oh how this Craigslist dresser gave me such…

heart burn.

Don’t remember?
Read about THAT nightmare HERE.

And then it never sold.

It had  g o o d  exposure—?
But no one pulled the trigger.  :’ (

It got bounced from the antique mall to make room for other things, but I worried it would be abused in my over-flowing workshop (garage), so in the last few days before Christmas I put it into use in the LL. It gave me last minute storage of misc. ribbons and sewing supplies. . .

AND~became a coffee station during our Christmas lunch!

the Christmas Day coffee station!

To -even temporarily- put this here, I had to remove a tilt top table and booster chair.  This dresser will still go for sale, but I’m really sold on the extra storage!    I see a future project!

hmmmmm~I think it needs something...Having opportunity to really LOOK at this project—I think it NEEDS something.  And I have an idea!

I turned to thegoogler (as Wendy Williams always calls it cracking me up) and searched for phrases and bible verses with birds in it.  I found some cool stuff that I’ll probably use in the future!

I played with some graphics on the computer.  Hmmmmm. . . I don’t know.  How ’bout translating it to french?

I block printed my text.  I played with placement on the dresser front.  Slept on it—REarranged it some more. . .

then used tracing paper to transfer the image.  Pulled out a silver leaf pen and “wrote” over the top.

amending the Bird Dresser

handwriting with a silver leaf pen

Fini!

An amended project.

I like it!

Please let someone else like it too.  (fingers crossed)
I might lightly sand the lettering…I don’t know…

Catherine

“Comme deux oiseaux dans le ciel ouvert, des âmes incassables, toi et moi.”
“Like two birds in the open sky, unbreakable souls, you and I.”

A new~ Bird Song!

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The STINKY-NASTY CL dresserI took another look at the pile of PARTS.

Zoned in on that scalloped bottom apron~

& thought about building  another shelf.

Hmmmm

Sorry~forgot all about the camera.

Essentially—I left the full length/width of the piece, but mitered each end to add a return.

I took one of the long stile-leg sections to cut next~because it had the “matching” craqueleur and was the right return width.

Then I went back to the pile in search of a backboard and top.

The dresser’s original top showed a “crack” in it,

which was actually the tell-tale sign of being two boards glued together—so I broke them back into 2 pieces and, voilà!  A BACKBOARD and a TOP!

REusing the dresser's apron front

the "PARTS"

1— the apron front
2— from the long stile-leg
3 & 4— from the dresser’s top
5— edge detail cut offs from the top I cut shorter for the backboard

Out of a nasty-stinky dresser~

to a great mantel shelf!

Catherine

from a STINKY NASTY DRESSER

from a STINKY NASTY DRESSER

from a STINKY NASTY DRESSER

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Craigslist--Farmer's Dresser $20

Remember that STINKY-NASTY dresser I got off Craigslist?

The one that an animal peed in~ and has been sitting on the driveway since late June?

And STILL stinks~in part.

Well~ I DEconstructed the WHOLE darn thing –and surprisingly– THAT seemed to help!  So I grabbed some of its parts to work into some projects!

The STINKY-NASTY CL dresser

The 1st project-

was to rip two parts of the dresser’s side panels that could be paired together, then secured them together using maple door stop material creating a frame.

Afterwhich, I took the whole thing into the house and scrub-brushed it down.  I even bleached it too!

It gave the whole piece a great patina!  And look at that natural, aged craqueleur.

In lieu of the standard wreath, I’ve created something different!

I went on a Christmas-pinning tangent about 3 years ago and recently went back to look at all the inspiration.  This project stood out once AGAIN!

~in lieu of a standard wreath!

That star was SO much easier to create since learning how to make a perfect pentagonI made another to use as a template.

~I centered my pentagon, then followed the 5 fold lines outward to mark the exact points to pre-drill for the pegs.  THAT EASY!

~I glued and hammered in each peg, and let them set up before wrapping with my ribbons.

~in lieu of a standard wreath!

These will be going to the Holiday Show!

Next up~

the 2nd project coming out of the

Stinky-Nasty Craigslist dresser!

Catherine

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