Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Making the Old, New Again!

It has been a while since I have blogged.  Summer has been fun, busy and long.  The kids have monopolized all of my time and I have loved every minute of it. 
But I have done a few projects along the way.

My bedroom suite is old.  It was old when I originally got it as a teen.  But I love it and feel like it is a classic and traditional design.  But it has taken a beating over the years.  It has been moved to 8 different homes.  I was tired of looking at the scuffs, scratches and white paint marks.  So I made an attempt to restain and shine it up.  This was completely off the cuff with no real idea if this would turn out or not.
I was amazed at how well I did!

Here you can see what I have been living with. 
The brass on the hardware was discolored and gross too!

Each drawer was scratched and dinged up.

Here is the after of the same drawer. 
 I wiped stain over the cleaned drawer to fill in the marks.

Each drawer was restained and left to dry for over 5 days.  They were extremely sticky during this time.  Once the tackiness stopped I went over each drawer with wax.  The excess stain came off during this step.  After I let the wax dry, I buffed and polished the dresser.  It looked brand new.

I also repainted the hardware gold and then sprayed one light layer of Oil Rubbed Bronze over the top to help take off the shine.

The change is really remarkable!

I hope you all are having a great summer!

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podso said...

Good for you ---that's a great job. What a difference!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a great job, it looks like a brand new dresser!! Enjoy the rest of the summer, Martina

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lacy, The dresser looks like new! Thanks for linking to the Open House party and have a great weekend.


Great job!, it looks brand new, alright!! Have a nice weekend. FABBY

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It looks fabulous. I love that you didn't paint it. It is such a pretty piece. Great idea on the hardware. Hugs, Marty

Marydon said...

What a beauty you have recreated, Lacy. We have changed hardware on items & it brings forth a whole new look.

Would you be so kind to (& tell your friends) comment on my BLOG ONLY (emails don't count), for the Miracle Makeover fund drive. Charlie, 8 yr. old, & his story are fabulous. Every comment brings us a $1 for the next person that will be sponsored.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Carrie said...

Excellent...your dresser now looks brand new!

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Welcome back to blogging! I too, took a long break. It was nice. Summers are meant to be enjoyed with our kids. Mine was a busy one. Glad to see you back!

jane said...

girl i love the dresser but am now over it !! blog for godsake !!