Mid Centruy Dresser Redo

A few weeks ago I scored this great mid century modern dresser for a steal! I fell in love with it instantly and wanted to keep if for myself, but realized when I was finished that there was no room in our small apartment. I posted it on Craigslist and within 12hrs it had sold to a lovely lady.

These are the before pictures.. The front of the dresser doesn't look too bad but when looking at it closer it needed a lot of work. There were chips in the veneer and lots of discoloration.
You can obviously tell the top of it needed the most work.

This is the first time Jed and I tried to sand/strip/and re-stain a veneer. We were pretty nervous because we didn't want to go through the veener, but we were lucky and this dresser was made solid with a thick veneer.

Step #1: We used a stripping agent over the entire dresser and scraped off a think layer of the existing stain and polyurethane.

step #2: Sand the heck out of the dresser. Jed was covered in so much dust after this, but the result was exactly what we wanted.
Step #3:  For the first time we used a 'pre-stain' wood condition to treat the wood before we stained it. I actually loved the color of the wood after just the wood conditioner. It really brought the natural color of the wood and grains out.

Step #4: Because the veneer did not match completely throughout the dresser we went ahead and stained the dresser to get all the woods to match. We use Minwax 'natural oak'.

Step #5: I decided that I wanted to try a two toned dresser and went ahead and primed then painted the drawer fronts a bright white. I love the look, but also like the look of an all natural dresser.

Like I said I sold this dresser to the nicest lady ever. She was so trendy and cute. We got to talking and she told me she was a photographer and gave me her website. After a thorough stalking I fell in love with her work and hope one day she can take pictures of Jed and I!


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Ryan & Courtney said...

ok a couple things:

1. You and Jedd are really talented
2. you have inspired me to buy all of my furniture old and re-do it (so don't be surprised if i'm coming to you soon asking for some advice)
and 3. I love that you made a friend from craigslist!

Peggy Jean said...

Oh court you are so sweet! And that's why your my best friend. Can't wait to see you soon!

melissa @ daisymaebelle.com said...

Love how this piece turned out! I love that sleek modern look!

marissa said...

I love this it turned out fantastic! I hope you'll stop by and add this and any other posts you're proud of to my Wednesday What We Wore, Read, and Made Link party


Alissa@CraftyEndeavor said...

I would LOVE to have a mid century modern dresser like this!!! I have no place for one either, but you're supposed to make room for things like this!

Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker said...

Oh this would have been awesome in my son's room-what a great find! Thanks for stopping by my blog-I'm happy to have found yours!

Theresa McCabe said...

Awesome revamp. I love it!

Meeha Meeha said...

Wow, I really love the new look - it's cool and timeless at the same time! Thank you for visiting my beachy living room :)

Brandi said...

Beautiful makeover! You gave it such a modern look. Love it!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I appreciate you comments.

Nancy @ Life: Designed said...

Wow you scored a great dresser! I need one of those! It looks fab and congrats on the sale!

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