Saturday, September 13, 2008

Face Lift

I have been pondering the problem of what to do with Gabe's ugly dresser for some time. Notice that it doesn't even have drawer pulls in all the right places in addition to being quite hideous. The drawer pulls each had two screws at intervals that they don't make two-screw drawer pulls anymore but I knew if I replaced them with one-screw drawer pulls the ugly remaining hole would show and I didn't think that merely painting it was going to be much of an improvement, but what then? Perusing some of my favorite blogs the other day gave me some inspiration. Check out this post at Homemade By Jill. She's great, I wish I had half her creativity.

So off I went to collect my jar of Mod Podge, sponge brushes, paper and drawer pulls.

Last night I thought I would just do one drawer to see how it went. I wasn't sure how long it would take, how easy it would be or how long Zion would sleep (Zion and glue products don't mix). It was actually incredibly easy. The first drawer does have a couple of bubbles that I didn't work out well enough but I actually ended up doing it while holding fussy Gideon and talking to Rob on the phone.

Holding infant while gluing - not handy!

Holding infant's burpcloth while gluing - handy!

I was able to paint on all three coats of Mod Podge last night before bed and this morning Gabe and I put on the new hardware. I carried the drawers upstairs where we reassembled and refilled his "new" dresser and - voila!

Gabe's "new" dresser. I'm still debating as to whether to do the side or the top.

The first thing Gabe did was to rehang his craft from VBS that he made two summers ago. It has a picture of his class which also had his best friend Abby in it so it's a treasure to him. And of course pose and say "hi" for the camera.

So what do you think of the end result? Should I do the top and/or side?


Stacy said...

Great job! I vote for doing the sides, and maybe the top.

Emily said...

Cute!!! We have an old dresser that I need to do something with in the next couple of years, so I'm going to check-out those sites! I'm SO not creative and crafty, but I wish I were!

Jill said...

That looks great! I love all the different papers you used. I'd vote for leaving the sides/top plain, but that's just my humble opinion.

Thanks for the link. :)

Julie said...

I got one more vote, delivered via phone, for leaving the sides and top blank. However, I should add that the top has terrible water damage. It's not warped just badly scarred. I may do the top and wait to do the side. Hmm???

Jill said...

Hi again,

Just wanted to say, if you decide to do the top, after the mod podge has dried you should put a coat or two of varnish to finish. Otherwise, the mod podge can get tacky (things you put on top of the dresser may stick to it). Good luck!

Julie said...

Thanks, Jill! That's good to know and very sweet of you to pop back over and tell me!