I found this piece of junk dresser at a thrift store for $15, when I say piece of junk, I mean it’s very cheaply made. It’s actually solid wood, but it’s nailed together on the sides of the drawers and not the best craftsmanship. All that to say, I purchased it because I was thinking that I would either put it in my daughter’s closet for extra storage, or change it up and use it for a little dresser on my patio for garden tools. I was thinking it would be a quick and easy project, but you know me. I tend to do projects over and over, once I refinish them and don’t like them the first time.
I started off by painting this dresser three times. It already had two initial coats of paint on it. The reason why I painted it three times is because I didn’t like it the first time, and then the second time, and then after the third time I ended up stripping all the paint off with citristrip.
When I finally decided that I wanted it to be “wood looking” and not painted, I stripped the paint off, and then I sanded it down after cleaning it up with mineral spirits. I have more (on this post) of how I strip furniture when I need to. I usually like to just sand things down instead of using furniture stripper, but this time I was dealing with five coats of paint.
I stained the cabinet and then decided I didn’t like the stain color because it was too orangey outside, so I sanded it down again… because you know me, and if you don’t, you’re probably learning some things by now, ha ha.
After I sanded it down again (you can skip all of those first steps), I decided that I wanted to make it look like it had lots of little drawers! Trav, my sweet husband, and myself, used a straight edge to draw the lines…after Trav measured of course.
I’m not the best at measuring, seeing as I usually use a piece of paper or my finger tip, rather than a ruler. I’ll take Trav’s measuring when he has time to do it.
We used clamps to clamp down a piece of wood. You can also use any straight edge of some kind. This helped us have a straight point for when we routed the lines, next.
We used a multipurpose tool/ rotary cutter/Dremel type tool to cut the lines. It was super easy! We will be doing this again in the future, I’m sure!
There’s no correct width or size that the lines need to be, it’s really just choice, but we used an 1/8” thick bit.
Once the line is routed, stain or paint can be used to make it dark inside the line so that it looks like it’s a drawer, separating another drawer.
You can see below, there were parts where, for some reason, the multipurpose tool moved a little so we had a bumpy sort of line. It didn’t really matter in the end because once the line is dark inside, it still looks like a drawer and turned out just fine…looking a little more rustic, like I had hoped.
I decided since I wanted it to look more rustic that I was going to rust the hardware. You can see more of that process in this post.
Since I needed 24 pieces of hardware and I didn’t want to go buy new, I just used hardware that I had on hand. I didn’t have 24 pieces of hardware in the same style, but I think it looks great with two different types of hardware!
I always love this rusting process! It amazes me how authentic it looks! It looks like it’s 100 years old!
I refinished the wood in the same technique that I used on this table. This is a technique that I came up with last year and I’ve been loving it! It makes the wood look old, rustic, and lighter in color.
I left the existing holes that I couldn’t cover up, which is just 4 holes. I don’t mind them there and I think they just add to the character. I didn’t want to fill them with wood filler, because sometimes wood filler doesn’t take stain very good, even the stainable ones.
I love how the rusted hardware looks on the cabinet! I think that making the cabinet look like it has a lot of drawers, really dressed it up!
I’m pretty sure Chester loves it too…And, all the treats that he got for making himself look cozy.
If you followed along on Instagram stories, is this what you thought that I was going to do with the cabinet? I’m sure there were a lot of “that crazy lady“ thoughts going on in your head when I painted it three times, stripped it, stained it twice, sanded it twice, oh, and I left out that I bleached it one too! He he! Now, to add some tags to this cabinet! Woo hoo!