Monday, October 29, 2012

Thrift Store Campaign Dresser


I think I have an obsession with campaign things. I recently posted the before and after of the campaign desk (you can see that here) and I am back with a campaign dresser. And it doesn't end here! I still have another campaign dresser that matches the desk to makeover.
Here is a picture I snapped after spotting it at goodwill:

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Nautical Campaign Desk


After seeing tons of campaign dresser makeovers I knew I had to get my hands on one. I ended up finding a campaign dresser on craigslist and the person also had the matching desk. The brass corners had been painted over and the desk needed a new paint job (it looks fine in the picture, but it was not).

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Projects, projects, projects.

I have been stockpiling mountains of furniture in the garage. I'm so excited to make them over, so I thought I would give a sneak peak of a few.

Campaign Dresser and Desk: I got these off of craigslist over a month ago. The hardware is coolest part of this style of furniture. I have started the desk, but not the dresser. The brass corners have been painted over, so they have to be stripped of the paint. It has proven difficult to take these off and get them looking good again.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Falling Hard for Hardware

Grey and mustard have been my loves for loooong time. I was at Cost Plus World Market the other day, and saw these mustard knobs... on clearance! Even though I have two bags of unused hardware, there was no way I could pass them up.


I just got matching tall and low dressers, and this one was the perfect candidate.


Usually I use the hardware a dresser comes with, but this dresser was missing one. I had to fill one of the holes left from the old hardware since I planned on using single drawer pulls.  I used Elmer's Wood Filler to fill the outer holes, and left the inner holes for the mustard pulls I was adding.


The wood filler is a pain squeeze out of that container, but it did the trick! I just kept pushing the filler into the hole, then left a little excess so once it dried, I could sand it smooth. I did not prime the dresser or the drawers, and the paint covered the wood filler just fine.

I used a dark grey paint for the dresser. Two coats were enough coverage, then once it dried, I distressed the edges. When I use sand paper to distress, it usually takes the wood down to its natural color. This time I used a plastic tool I had, and also sand paper in spots. I wanted all of the wood showing to be darker instead of lighter, so I used some Old English Furniture Polish for dark wood to cover up the light areas. After I wipes off the excess and let it dry a bit, I waxed the whole piece. I am having such a hard time letting this one go... I can't decide whether to keep or sell. I may have to keep it. Maybe I will list it and see how its goes. I especially love how the mustard pulls remind me of fall. So festive!






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Monday, October 15, 2012

Chairs: Grey and Stripes


I had time to work on projects this weekend. One was custom work, but I also got to redo some chairs. Someone my family knows had furniture in their garage, and they wanted it gone. We went and picked out some things I could makeover, and I got four of these chairs!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Nightstand Makeover

I have been way too busy lately. With school starting and all the babysitting I am doing I have not had time to work on finishing all of the projects sitting in the garage. I finally had time today!

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