A couple of years ago I purchased a small dresser to use as a bedside table. It was in bad shape. The inch thick boards on the top were weathered, warped and some were missing. Of course, this just made it all the more interesting to me! I searched my pictures high and low because I was sure I took some of the before, but I can’t find them, so you’re going to have to visualize it from my description. White chippy, peely paint, missing weathered boards on top. Got it? Good! I knew you could do it!
Since I don’t have the before…all you get is the after:
As you can see, I did nothing to the front. I loved it just the way it was!
I cut a pine board and filled in the missing spot. (Can you tell which one it is?) I didn’t even try to get it to fit perfectly. (Remember, I don’t like perfection!) Then I sanded the whole thing down. It didn’t take much sanding, but I did start with 60 grit and worked my way up to a fine 220. Then I stained it with a gel stain and sealer in one.
The navy blue lamp on the table used to be brass. I found two of them at a garage sale and knew I was saving them for this room. I just didn’t know what color they would get painted. (This is actually the THIRD color of blue they got painted!) The lamp shade came from Lowe’s clearance section $1.24 and I recovered it with the leftover linen from my breakfast nook curtains.
Anyway, back to the bedside table. I love the juxtaposition of the smooth finish with the rough way the wood is laying…not fitting together completely. I also like saying $8.00 words like juxtaposition.
I know this would drive some people batty, but I LIKE it!
I didn’t even have to switch out the knobs. Normally, I don’t like wooden knobs, but these were keepers because of their blue and red chippy appearance.
The best part is, this little dresser cost less than $25.00!! Booya!!
Bye from the bungalow,