I’ve been noticeably absent from writing the last couple of weeks as I’ve been working on a personal project.
I refinished my dresser.
I’d been planning to do this for awhile; it started with me looking for drawer pulls, and I found some beauties on eBay, with an almost blood red color. That was the easy part, deciding on the look was far more challenging, should it be a lighter stain, paint, something else?
I didn’t like the idea of it being light colored, but the pulls would pop if it was. I really wanted something dark, rich, with reddish tones.
Looking for a new stain or paint didn’t happen for several more weeks. I had to pull together my cosplay for Crypticon, I got sidelined with another bug and a there was a bunch of other lame-ass excuses, none of which I can think of at the moment.
I was sure of one thing: I had to get this done before the snow started and the temperatures dropped to 5,000 below zero. I needed the windows open to keep the apartment ventilated. Luckily, we’re having a freakishly warm November, so that was easy.
Two weeks ago to the day, I went to Home Depot and asked one of their “helpful” staff in the paint department for a recommendation in a stain or paint. I put the word in quotes because he was an ass. He barely looked at me; his answers were clipped and dismissive. Next time, I’m going to Lowe’s.
I chose the Minwax PolyShades since I wanted to do as little prep work as possible. It’s a stain and polyurethane in one. I chose this as I wouldn’t have to strip off the old varnish – a light sanding and I could stain on top of the old stain. The color I chose was Bombay Mahogany. It looked dark and rich and if the color looked as good as it did on the sample, I knew I’d love it, even though I knew the knobs wouldn’t pop.
Another reason I went with the Minwax PolyShades was time. While I was looking forward to the project, I really didn’t want to spend the entire month on this; I wanted as much bang for the buck is the shortest amount of time.
And I’m not too experienced in furniture refinishing; I’m a lot more Tim the Tool Man than Bob Vila, so this needed to be as simple as possible.
The end result is exactly what I’d hoped for: Dark, rich, with reddish tones. It’s gorgeous and I love the shine, it reminds of something my grandparents would’ve had in their house. And as far as the pulls, they definitely don’t pop against the color, but I’m okay with it.
Speaking of grandparents, my paternal grandfather was the one who made this dresser for me when I was very young. I hardly even knew the man; he died when I was five years old.
The older I got, the more I realized that the dresser was made for a child. It’s on the small side, measuring 36 inches across and 14 inches wide. It doesn’t have as much space as I want.
At one point, I decided to look for a different dresser, something bigger and I’m almost ashamed to admit, something more “adult.” But I couldn’t do it. Buying something different seemed out of the question, the sentimental value was too strong.
It’s never crossed my mind since to replace it; I plan on having this little dresser for the remainder of my days. By refinishing it, I made something brand new out of something old. Scroll down to see the end result.
I’m happy with the new old dresser; I hope my grandfather would’ve liked it too.