I decided to write a post about this project that I completed back in 2013. Have you ever wanted to take on a furniture project but thought it would be way too complicated? I had NEVER repurposed or refinished a piece of furniture prior to this. This type of project was way too intimidating for me. But when I first laid eyes on this beauty at my mother in-laws childhood home, I knew that it was time I face my fears. I instantly fell in love with it! They were planning on getting rid of the dresser, so I decided to adopt it and transform it into a buffet for my new home.
Here's a closer look at the gorgeous dresser:
It's no secret that I've always had a thing for white antique pieces. I knew that the dresser would ultimately be painted this color.
I picked up a few supplies from Home Depot and got started on the project shortly after we moved into the house - working on it in the garage, while my toddler napped.
In the end, the entire project was completed over a span of 3 days and cost me approximately $30 in supplies.
I never ever imagined that I would refinish a piece of furniture in my lifetime, let alone, a piece this big. But I did, and it was far less difficult than I thought it would be.
The advice I have for anyone planning on taking on a project like this:
1) Find a piece that is in great condition: the less work you have to do ahead of time, the better [I personally did not want to have to fill any holes, putty any cracks and/or sand any scrapes because it would have added a couple extra days of work to the project]
2) Make sure you have a lot of space to work: clear a large enough space to work in so that you don't end up tripping over your supplies. You'll avoid un-neccessary paint spills too.
3) Be organized: Clean as you go and tidy up often. I found that I was less overwhelmed when I kept everything clean and organized -- plus, once I finished the project, I wasn't left with a giant mess to sort through.
4) Be patient: i.e. let those paint coats DRY COMPLETELY.
I hope this encourages other readers to take on similar projects! Feel free to ask me questions, I'd be happy to help :)