Thursday, January 10, 2019

Refinishing Antique Dressers

Hey hey hey!  I am so excited to share my dresser transformation with y'all!  Our master bedroom has been renovated for over 3 years but I never loved the space.  I'm still not finished... but I'm stinkin' close!  Here is our room when we moved in 4 years ago:

Can you say, dingy?  Here is how we have had it for the past 3 years...

The biggest issue we had with our master was the storage situation.  Tall Tan Man uses a basement closet to store his work clothes.  Our dressers were from Ikea.  They worked great and looked fine, but they were really shallow.  When I would put away our laundry {like when all our clothes were clean} I would have to cram all the drawers to their brim.  #athleisureproblem

When my Grandad passed this last summer I knew I wanted to keep his dressers but would want to put my own spin on them.  Here is how they started out:

This style of dresser must have been really popular in the 60's because I feel like all my friend's parents/grandparents had similar ones.  Right away I knew I could easily update the pulls but that wouldn't be enough.  They were super orangey and the legs were not my style.  If you're still reading, put your seatbelt on because I'm about to take you on a wild refinishing ride.  ðŸ˜†


Drill/Screw Driver
Palm Sander
4 - 60-80 Grit Sandpaper
2 - 120 Grit Sandpaper
2 - 220 Grit Sandpaper
Old Rags
Stain Color of Choice {Recommended: Dark Walnut}
4 Wooden Legs {Lowes}
4 Leg Casters
Finishing Wax
New Pulls {Hobby Lobby is the best!}


Step One :: Prep

Remove all the hardware and wipe the dresser down.  

Step Two :: Sanding

Sand everything with the 80 grit sandpaper.  Make sure you sand with the grain and get as close to the edges as possible.  I'm just going to be frank with y'all.  This is the absolute worst part of the entire process.  It takes for. ev. er.  And is SO messy.  Did I want to lite the dresser on fire and say screw it?  Absolutely.  When you finish you will be glad you didn't give up! {Sounds a lot like childbirth 😂}  One piece of advice, don't be afraid to use lots of sandpaper.  The second your sandpaper starts to wear out switch it out! I used 2 pieces on the drawers and 2 pieces on the body of each dresser.  A.K.A., Don't be so cheap you lose your sanity #preachingtothechoir

After sanding everything with 80 grit sandpaper remove all the dust.  Sand everything with 120 grit and then 220 grit to get the wood as smooth as possible.  This sanding is much quicker and not nearly as terrible!  I used this time to make sure I didn't miss any spots.

I was not able to remove all the old stain but it is hardly noticeable once I restrained it.  GET EXCITED, THE WORST PART IS OVER!

STEP THREE :: Apply the PreStain

Wearing gloves, apply the pre-stain with a cloth.  This will make the wood look very golden but don't worry it will help the stain look even.


I did two coats of stain.  At first, I used a 50/50 mix of Minwax Weathered Oak and Dark Walnut.  This ended up being too light so after 4 hours I did a second coat of just dark walnut.  I'd like to mention that the old drawer pulls left mark on the drawers but disappeared with the second coat of stain.  


If you cannot successfully sand/stain your dresser with the current legs on, you will want to remove them before step two.  To remove the old legs I used a screw driver and a hammer/rubber mallet.  Kind of hard to explain but mine just came off with a little muscle.  


Apply PreStain and Stain to your legs.  Now attach the leg casters and legs.  

I had to drill a small hole in the bottom of the dresser to accommodate the screw on the leg.  This allowed the legs to sit flush with the dresser.  


Apply a finishing wax and, YOU ARE DONE!

Well Mom, thanks for reading that whole post.  Love you bunches! 😙  In all seriousness, if you made it to the end of this post and decide to refinish a dresser please tag me so I can follow along!  Happy refinishing! 

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

6 Month Old Levi

Well, my little baby doesn't seem quite so little anymore!  ðŸ˜­  This crazy guy has grown so much this last month... which I can only tell from looking at these pictures!  The basket was used to put my Christmas tree in so Levi was really 6 months + 4 weeks...  Just a few days shy of 7 months.  Whoops! 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2018 Christmas Cards

Where are my Christmas card lovers out there?!  Do you run to your mailbox like you did after you sent out graduation announcements?  Or is that just me... 🙋  I love how Christmas cards show big milestones and cute babies!  

I decided to start a new tradition this year and display all of our family cards next to our         DIY Card Display.  

Monday, December 17, 2018

Iced Christmas Cookies

How is Christmas only ONE week away!? I absolutely love holiday baking.  Well, I really love baking year round but my love is definitely magnified this time of year!  I got this cookie recipe from  one of my awesome coworkers almost 10 years ago and it has never failed me {love you, Kathie!}.  The cookies are so fluffy and soft and the icing adds the perfect amount of sweetness... I had to send most of these cookies with Tall Tan Man to work because I couldn't stop eating them!  

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

5 Month Old Levi

Levi turned 6 months {how is that even possible?!} on Saturday, so I decided I better get to sharing his 5 month pictures.  I am on top of taking the pictures on time, but getting them uploaded and writing a post is another story... 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Pumpkin & Chocolate Cheerio Treats

Hey y'all!  Can you believe that Thanksgiving is so soon!?  We are hosting and I'm pretty impressed with myself, because I have already done all of my shopping!  ðŸ‘ðŸ‘ðŸ‘  A few weeks ago I was at Trader Joe's and feeling festive.  AKA buying everything in the fall section...  These Pumpkin O's were terrible, like spit them out of your mouth terrible.  So rather than throw them away I decided to make some Cheerio Treats with them.   They turned out great and were SO easy to make!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

One Room Challenge {W6}: Fireplace and Finished!

I finished! I finished! I finished! I can hardly believe it but I made it to the finish line with a DONE room! Y’all there were definitely some moments when I didn’t think the room would come together. BUT IT DID!  ðŸ’ƒðŸ’ƒðŸ’ƒ

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

One Room Challenge {W5}: The Missing Puzzle Pieces

You know those nightmares when you're trying to get ready and you're moving in slow motion?  Like it’s impossible to get your socks on or make copies for a presentation.  Welcome to Leslie’s week 5 of the One Room Challenge. 🤪 I’m going to blame this on the Halloween craziness and an emotional two year old.  Is this just me or was last week nuts?! 🙋🏼‍♀️ 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

One Room Challenge {W4}: New Bedding & Side Tables

It's week 4 of the One Room Challenge and I finally feel like the room is coming together! I just wish I could of taken better pictures...  This room is so hard to take great pictures of because  the lack of natural light.  It was impossible not to have terrible shadows so please forgive me!  If you want to check out my other weeks they are here:

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

4 Month Old Levi

"Mom, you better get this posted before I'm 5 months old!"

I am soooo behind! 😬  I was good about taking these pictures when Levi turned 4 months {Oct. 1st}, but life happened and I'm just getting around to posting them.  

He is growing like a weed!  I love having these pictures because I've already forgotten how tiny he was.  At Levi's 4 month doctor's visit he had gained about 9 lbs and grown 7 inches.  Maybe thats why he still gets up at night to nurse... 😢😴  Levi is still the happiest baby unless you are trying to give him a bottle.  Which he is still refusing!  He loves playing in his play yard and would rather lick the ground than raise his head during tummy time.

Levi took his 3rd trip on a plane to Oklahoma and slept through his first two tailgates.  The OU brainwashing has already begun!!!  #gotoOU #please 

Since his 4 month appointment he has been eating like a champ.  He has not refused any solids but still looks confused when he is eating.  Mack is definitely use to him being around now and is still so sweet to him.  He talks baby talk to him and loves to give him kisses.  Levi loves watching his brother but doesn't love it when he talks 2 inches from his face.  

I'll be back on Thursday for my week 4 update on the basement guest bedroom!  It is a little ridiculous how excited I am about the transformation!  ðŸ’ƒ 

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