So there I was, with a house mostly devoid of furniture after a cross country move, and a keen eye on my Craigslist app. Eyes glazing over after seeing the fifty-eighth particle board night stand, I almost missed it.
It was beautiful. And it was only $50!
I nearly hyperventilated and called the number in the ad.
Me: “Is the dresser still there you have it AHHHH I’m on my way NOW!”
There actually was already someone coming to get the dresser, but they decided to set an appointment later that afternoon. Hah! Guess they aren’t familiar with the crazy people like me on Craigslist. I may or may not have been encouraging my husband to speed the entire way there. Well, let’s be honest, I definitely was.
The dresser was even better than I expected – all solid wood, the drawers in perfect condition. The finish definitely had plenty of wear, but no serious damage.
The husband helped me load the last drawers, just as another would-be Craigslist buyer was pulling into the driveway. This is Craigslist, people… minutes matter!
I decided I really wanted to keep the top unpainted, and paint the bottom. Both my dad and husband protested the paint in favor of natural wood (what IS it with men and their aversion to painted wood?). I told them they are welcome to paint or not paint all of their own furniture pieces. 🙂
I was a little nervous, since this was my first attempt at stripping and staining wood (I hadn’t yet refinished my dining table). However, I did my research, and I think it turned out great. It was a more forgiving process than I imagined. I also highly recommend Citristrip for your stripper, especially if you’re insane like me and you want to refinish furniture in a very small office in July with only a window unit for air conditioning.
I apologize in advance for the less than stellar “in progress” photos. They were taken before I knew I’d want to share them with everyone. 🙂
I decided to go bold, and paint the base in Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue. It was a little brighter than I wanted, so dark wax worked really well to tone everything down. Check out two drawers, one without dark wax, one with wax:
I stained the top with Minwax Dark Walnut, and finished it with three coats of polyurethane. I think it looks so amazing now… it really is my favorite piece of furniture in the house!
Affectionately named Big Blue. She is a thing of beauty.
Oh, how I love you.
Anyone have their most favorite piece of furniture to share?
Because you should never underestimate the power of a furniture-less woman with Craigslist,