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Free Dresser Refurb.

One day last summer, the Hubs and I were headed out on an errand, I can imagine we were on our way to the hardware store…we usually are. As we drove through our neighborhood I noticed a dresser sitting in front of a neighbors house with a sign on it that said “free”.

There is nothing like free furniture. This one just took a little elbow grease to give it a new life.

Hubs uses the baskets for his socks, ties, and belts.

I confess that I still live the college mentality that if something is free I NEED it! Hubs did really need a dresser, since he didn’t have one, and I wasn’t about to share mine.

So on our way home we stopped and picked it up. It definitely wasn’t the most beautiful piece of craftsmanship every. It probably came from Walmart or Target. But it had drawers and we needed a place to put Hubs drawers so it was a perfect fit.

The top three drawers were broken so as we looked at it we decided we would make the top drawers into a shelf, paint the whole thing white and the drawer fronts gray and get some new hardware.

Discovery is always your number one step in furniture referbs. You need to take whatever it is apart and see what it is you have to work with.

Discovery is always your number one step in furniture referbs. You need to take whatever it is apart and see what it is you have to work with.

Our first step was sanding the whole unit including drawer fronts. It had been painted several times, and it ate through about seven sanding pads just to get a smooth surface. We used furring strips cut to length for the shelf to give the piece a more rustic look….it reminded me of hardwood flooring.  In the above picture we just cut three pieces of furring strip to fit in between the drawers, after looking at it for a while, and with some input from my genius mother, we decided to cut one long piece for the front and notch out where the spacers were. I put two coats of polyurethane on the furring strips to give them a little extra protection and used a furniture wax on the top to keep it from beat up.

Hubs picked a gray paint for the drawer fronts and a simple knob hardware. I found the perfect size baskets for the shelves at The Container Store.

This pieces was so much fun to refinish...and it was totally free!

Even though its technically Hubs dresser my stuff always managers to find a way onto it.



5 comments on “Free Dresser Refurb.

  1. Pingback: Five Minute Friday: Re-purposed Dresser Drawers. | VINTAGE FRONTIER

  2. maryintheboondocks
    October 24, 2015

    I love the color that you painted this. And the wire baskets give it such a vintage feel.


    • vintagefrontier
      October 26, 2015

      Thanks, The Hubs picked the color. I got the baskets at The Container Store.


  3. Heather @ Viral Upcycle
    October 24, 2015

    I like the pulls you put on, and the baskets are perfect for this piece. I submitted a similar piece on Funky Junk.. Great minds think alike! Beautiful piece.


    • vintagefrontier
      October 26, 2015

      Yay great minds. Yeah the pulls that were on there originally were pretty crappy wood ones. I tried to paint them but it just wasn’t working. I found the pulls at Hobby Lobby and the baskets at The Container Store.


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