I’m finally getting some furniture done! What a relief to feel like I’m finally accomplishing something and not just running around here like a chicken with my head cut off.
This small, innocent-looking dresser was part of my problem. It seemed like an innocuous little project. Strip the bad veneer off the top and paint, right? Oy!
See how those drawers don’t quite close? Yeah, I’ve had this problem before, but it was usually an easy fix. Not with this bad boy! There were grooves worn into the bottom of the drawers and the drawer supports that had to be filled in. I couldn’t replace them because that would have meant tearing the whole dresser apart.
This was the only section of veneer that came off easy. Usually on a really old piece, the glue on the veneer has lost its grip, but not this time. It was holding on with white-knuckled fingers like a movie hero on the edge of a cliff.
It took hours to chisel away all that bad veneer. Bad veneer! Go Away! See the tongue and groove on those drawers? That’s what makes this piece worth it.
And then I was left with gouges. Yeah, that’s how HARD it was to get that veneer off. That stuff was stuck! I even tried the wet towel and iron trick, but that didn’t even come close to loosening the glue. Then I tried a heat gun, but all that did was bubble up the two layers of paint. I stopped just short of sending this dresser to Guantanamo. I sanded the bejesus out of the top and filled in the gouges with wood fill and sanded again. So much work went into this little dresser that it’s now worth one meellion dollars!! (bite pinkie finger) My hourly wage multiplied by frustration level, times difficulty, times hours spent, times alcohol consumption, (for relaxation purposes, ya know!)….yeah, it’s right up there around a million dollars!
I was excited about this piece because I had a grand idea to give her simple lines a little punch. In spite of her rough start, I knew she would be perfect for this project. She got a coat of black chalk paint and then I applied some vinyl appliques (found at Joann Fabrics) to her drawer front. I painted over the appliques one more time. This way, the black paint can seal around the appliques to prevent my second color from bleeding under the design. When that was dry, she got a second coat of paint in Annie Sloan’s Louis Blue.
It worked mostly well. (Think Princess Bride…”He’s only mostly dead!”) There were three areas that I had to touch up…all three were at the gap between drawer and dresser. In hindsight, I should have slit the vinyl and I would have gotten much better adhesion. Live and learn!
After touching her up with a small paint brush and black paint, she came out looking as good as I had hoped!
It was really overcast yesterday and I have so much extraneous furniture in my house, this was the only spot I could get a picture. Not great, but you get the idea.
I lightly sanded the edges of the drawer and dresser for the distressed look, but didn’t touch the lettering because I wanted that to boldly stand out.
Not bad for pretty humble beginnings, right?
Bye from the Bungalow,
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