I am always searching for cheap vintage furniture that can be rescued from destruction and made over into something beautiful, and finding the perfect nightstand for our master bedroom was at the top of my list. Furniture on Craigslist seems to be selling for an arm and a leg these days, so I was beyond excited when I saw this vintage solid wood dresser listed for only $25! It had great lines and a shape that wouldn't clash with the modern dresser on my husband's side of the bed. It was located in another town that is half an hour away and was literally right around the corner from where I was headed to my son's gymnastics class. It was fate. Sold!
I started by giving the entire dresser a dousing of straight vinegar to see if it would help get rid of some of the smell, and after it dried, I sanded the heck of it with my palm sander. I had to enlist the help of my husband to give it a deeper and more thorough sanding because the smell of the dust was practically enough to knock me out! After he finished sanding, I gave it another spray down with vinegar which cut the smell dramatically afterwards.
Kilz spray primer. Great big puffy heart LOVE them. This stuff is amazing! I decided to give the entire dresser, inside and out, a coat of primer to help seal in the remaining smell and the deep set old stains. It took me six cans of spray primer to coat the dresser and all the drawers, but it worked like magic. NO more funky smell at all! Amazing!
grey chevron drawer liners!
Liberty Hardware pulls and rings because I wanted something that looked both modern and vintage, and I didn't want to break the bank either. The dresser only cost $25, so I was determined not to spend more than that (shipping included) on my hardware!
We kept this pop of bright yellow in our living room for a couple of days so that I could photograph it, and I fell in love with the splash of color and cheer that it brought to the room. I'm already planning on making over a yellow hope chest to take it's place once it moves up into my bedroom!