About a year ago I entered the Asheville Habitat For Humanity Restore Reuse contest.
This was my entry:
I fished an old spool bed out of someone’s trash and Big Daddy and I made a bench out of it. You can read more about that here:
And we won the furniture catagory! Nobody was more shocked than me. The prize was a $250 gift certificate to the Restore. Now, you might have expected me to just go buck wild with that $250. And I thought I would too. Well, believe it or not, I’ve held on to that gift certificate this entire time.
At first I wanted to spend it on something I could keep, furniture wise. Something I really loved, but would never spend that kinda money on myself. In my crazy little brain nothing I’d seen on my lunch hour visits to the Restore was really worth cashing in that prize. Then one day recently, again on my lunch hour, I stuck my head in and spotted this:
Except all of the drawers were in it. Two of them were stuck in place and I had to beat them out from above and below with a hammer.
All I was left with was a box.
The only drawer I was able to salvage was the top one. It was in perfect shape.
I began this project by sanding off the top which the previous owner had painted brown.
The veneer was loose in several spots so I glued that all back down and weighted it with canned tomatoes until it was good and dry.
The top of the dresser I refinished with dark wax only.
I love the color of the wax on the raw mahogany. Plus you can’t beat soap and water cleanup. Well soap, water and Greased Lightning.
With two of this dresser’s drawers beyond repair I was in a predicament about replacing them. If not for two things I could have just used the bottoms of the those drawers to make shelves. Alas, I’d done a number on them with a hammer plus they were warped to begin with. So while I was waiting on the dresser top to dry I made a trip to lowes and found a more than suitable replacement.
I’ve been in a Duck Egg state of mind lately so it’s no surprise that’s the color I chose for this dresser.
I chose pieces of pine that I found at Lowes to floor the drawer spaces. Finished with the dark wax they make for nice looking open shelving. On the pine the dark wax looks like barn wood. Quite different from the mahogany. I’ll address the particulars on the shelf boards later in the week.
I can promise you I’ll be looking at junky dressers with a fresh perspective going forward!
And I’ll be on the lookout for one to go in my kitchen.
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