Trashy Tuesday, Free Dresser Makeover
Well, I have been one upped! My daughter’s dance teacher’s neighbor is a 1st rate junker. I even asked him once if I could “shop” his yard. He laughed so hard he almost fell over, until I realized I was serious. Girls with nice clothes on can be junquers too!
Since we are talking Trash today, I wanted to share with you a few of my trashy treasures.
Do you remember when I went to buy some doors on Craigslist and came home with a car full of free furniture instead? i.e. this BED??????
Keep in mind, “Free” doesn’t always mean in perfect condition, in fact, it is usually just the opposite. Unless there are severe defects with the furniture, I am more than willing to put my time in to fix all the cosmetic touch ups these sad little pieces need. A little gluing, a little wood filler, a lot of sanding, and a lot of patience.
I love the detail carving at the top of the headboard.
Here we are reunited, head and foot together, both having gone through some lovely cosmetic makeovers.
Do you remember this little piece I saw at a garage sale? They were asking a ridiculous price for it. There was so much paint on this poor thing that the drawers wouldn’t even open! I was planning to come back at the end of the day and offer to take it off their hands for $10. I forgot all about it, until a few days later, I was taking a walk with Travis and the dog, and lo and behold, my sad friend, the paint encrusted dresser had been left for dead on the sidewalk, discarded with the trash. Apparently the residents of the home had to get out of dodge fast, and left it all by itself. I did the fastest speed walk known to man to make it back to my car and up the hill again to get this thing.
I didn’t catch a before, before, this is a during. Emma started the laborious stripping process. We watched in disbelief as layers after layer of paint was revealed. Of course, the bottom layer was made of paint that must have been used to paint parking spaces. Industrial strength, wouldn’t budge. I showed it who was in charge, and through sheer will, it came off.
Sorry, naked shot!
So much better now, fully dressed, waxed and ready for a close up:
You could not even tell it had this lovely detail until all the paint was off!
For both pieces I am sharing today, I used my favorite CeCe Caldwell’s Hershey Brown first, then topped with “Johnston Daffodil”, which happens to be my new favorite color. A lovely coating of yummy CeCe Caldwell’s wax, a good buffing, and these pieces are ready for the show.