Renovating an old dresser

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I guess one up from recycling is up-cycling!

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The BEFORE shot

I love taking something old and giving it a second life. Until now, that usually happened with things on a smaller scale, e.g. turning old sheets into pillows or quilts. However, when I saw this dresser for sale on “BFC Buy, Sell, Swap shop” for only 70 euro, wondering if I have bitten more than I could chew, I decided to commit to this project, and bought it! I did have to sell my not-so-old chest of drawers from Ikea. Oh well.

It just so happened that for my 30th birthday I got a professional sander from my dad – what a present, right, but I could not be happier! It is almost as good as a bag of red red apples he got me for my 13th birthday (we were poor then, and that was all I wanted). Thank you, Dad!

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The piece is very exciting – I love how it has a column of narrower drawers in the middle and wider drawers on the outside. The finishing was a little too orange for my liking, it had to be re-varnished. The long and tedious process had began. There are nine drawers and the main unit itself – that’s a lot of sanding! And a lot of dust! Note to self, next time sanding, close the door!

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The large round 80s looking handles were not my favourite and were replaced with some silver geometrical shaped handles. The ones on the smaller drawers I decided to have triangular shape and square handles on the larger drawers.

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Though I have made a few mistakes, I have thoroughly enjoyed the process, love the outcome and definitely will try something again.

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The AFTER shot

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6 thoughts on “Renovating an old dresser

  1. Amazing! What a transformation! And I love the handles, a very special touch. Now as for asking for apples for your birthday?? You have always had a strange love for apples.. 🙂

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