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The Perfect Little Dresser

I thought that when we built our home we had plenty of storage on the main floor.  Don't get me wrong, we do have a lot of storage, but with crafting supplies and kid toys galore... it disappears fast.  

I had been wanting a white dresser for our foyer to add some drawer space and lighten up the area.  
I was in Goodwill and found this baby with an attached mirror for $15.  It was in good shape, so I asked if they would take $10 and keep the mirror (I didn't want the mirror).  And, they did.  
My friend (who is 4'9) and myself (who is 5'2) loaded this thing in her massive Ford truck and headed on our merry way.  


I did not seem to take enough pictures during the process, so I will tell you what I did.  I primed the entire piece after I removed hardware and washed it down.  I used Rustoleum primer.  Then I taped off the top and sprayed the rest with Rustoleum in Glossy White.  I had to do several coats to make sure it covered well.  
The top (which is a laminate) was done by sanding VERY gently and then staining with a dark walnut stain.  I let the stain dry for several days and then I applied 3 coats of polycrylic to the top.  I love the stuff!!!  It is simply amazing to work with.  I put it on with an old t-shirt of Mark's.  Perfect!!

Mark and Liam finally put on the hardware.  I kept the original hardware for the two top drawers and bought new hardware for the bottom drawers.



Here are the magnificent AFTER photos:








What do you think???  I love it.  It is so simple and so cheap.  The total project costed around $25- $30.  Who can beat that???

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23 comments:

  1. Looks awesome. I love using dresser to store items. So much character! Great job!

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  2. Great job! It looks fantastic.

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  3. It looks great!! I love it! =D

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  4. Wow!! I LOVE this!!! I really wish I was crafty enough to think of things like that. I love the white dresser drawer look in entry ways or living rooms. I will definitely have to write down what you used to get it looking so good. :)

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  5. Wow! That is beautiful!! I am always so afraid to buy furniture to refurbish, but if I could do it half as well as you have here, I might give it a try!! Great job!

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  6. Awesome job! I can't believe you found such a great dresser for only ten bucks! And it looks totally different with the re-do!

    Bekah
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  7. love it!! looks great and I love the fall decor. :) I recently bought a dresser on craiglist for super cheap that I plan to use as a TV stand...this makes me excited to get going on it!

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  8. This is such a creative and fun idea!
    Love it!

    Following your cute blog :) Stop by and visit mine when you get a chance :)

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  9. Liz- I've only really used my jogging stroller once and I am a slow runner- I like to run long distances but some people speed walk at about the same pace haha. So I can't really say if it jiggles when I go fast. I didn't like it with all 3 wheels down and it was way bad without the front wheel locked. So I locked the front wheel but just ended up tilting it to two wheels (it balances nicely actually) and pushed with one hand while running. We only went 2 miles but it was pretty steady.

    Bekah
    If Work Permits

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  10. Wow! That's beautiful! Great work.

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  11. I love it! And love the price too!! Looks awesome. Go you :)

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  12. Oh my...this is one awesome THRIFTY makeover...love it!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  13. Hi I"m a new follower from the sasse life sunday social. :) Mark and Liam are so cute! I love it!

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  14. I love it and the new color! Have you thought to change out the top 4 knobs for bigger, bolder ones?? They look unproportioned to me?! - just a thought.
    Awesome makeover!
    Amy, your newest follower!! :_

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  15. Hi, friend! I love how it turned out. Btw, I'm admiring all the creativity here. Can you please join me at my Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there :)

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  16. Looks great! I can't believe the transformation!

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  17. Wow. The transformation is amazing. I really like the white with the wood. I'm your newest follower

    http://chickenscratchny.blogspot.com

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  18. This looks amazing!! So beautiful for so cheap!!! Those are the best projects!!! :)

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  19. It looks amazing! Wow! I am so impressed. Thanks for the tip about laminate. I have some end tables I want to work on with a laminate top too and I wasn't sure what to do with it.

    Stopping by from Stuff and Nonsense.

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  20. Wow, you've made that look so expensive! It looks absolutely fantastic. I'd love it if you'd link this beauty to my Saturday Splendour Party: www.megandmums.com :)

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