May 24, 2017

Dramatic (and Thrifty) DIY “Makeunder”

Last month, I brought a very simple “makeover” to The Good Life Blog – a quick and easy project using just spray paint and some additional hardware. In fact, a LOT of my projects are makeovers that involve paint…but this month? This month, I’m working in the opposite direction…by removing paint from this little desktop chest of drawers that I found at Goodwill!

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I am *always* drawn to mini drawer sets like this…there are so many small bits you can store in them! But I didn’t really care for the dowdy still-life paint job across the front. So, I decided to roll up my sleeves, pry off the drawer pulls, and use my orbital sander to remove the paint.

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And as you can see, there’s nice pale, bare wood underneath! It took an evening in my garage to sand everything down, but I’m pretty sure it was worth it.

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Once all the surfaces were bare and wiped down of sawdust, I gave everything two coats of wood stain in a rich honey brown.

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After the stain had dried overnight, I gave the stained surfaces a single coat of polyurethane, to seal in the stain and to give it a satiny sheen.

Isn’t that a tremendous makeunder already? But now for the finishing touches – little finger pulls for each drawer that look like they came from a library card catalog!

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Ta-da, the final result of my makeunder!! Can you stand it?? Since I love the look of a library card catalog but don’t have the budget for the real thing, I simply had to make my own. And now the fun part – filling it with small bits from my Craft Room…which can ALWAYS use more storage and organization improvements!

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Craft on!

Sadie

2 Comments

  1. Love it!

  2. Great job!!! Amazing, looks so different and better!

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