Monday, March 5, 2012

{Labor of Love}

I did have a 'before' picture of this dresser but it, as well as all my other projects, somehow got erased.  This dresser I will call my Labor of Love.  Sorry that the pictures aren't all that great.  It's in my son's room in the basement and as we all know, lighting isn't all that spectacular in the basement!  And P.S. don't mind the "Call of Duty" poster either please ;)

 So this is why it's called my Labor of Love.  The top on this was a bubbling peeling mess.  The only way around it was to scrape off the faux wood top....I know there is a name for it, can't think of it!  Help me out.  Laminate?

So after a couple weeks of scraping, I couldn't do it all in one day I had to let my blisters heal!  No joking.  It was finally ready for a fresh coat of paint and stain.  I wanted to stain the top to show off all my hard work.  Jeesh, I deserved it!  It turned out beautiful if I do say so myself.  It's an incredibly built dresser that'll last a lifetime.  Love this thing!

P.S. I hope to have more furniture projects to show you here coming up!!   I think it's starting to warm up enough to brave my garage!  Thanks for sticking it through the winter with me.  I appreciate all your kind comments and support!


  1. Beautiful, beautiful dresser! I love it, great job!

  2. That's one gorgeous dresser! Worth all the hard work. I'm pretty psyched by the first signs of warmer weather coming! We'll all be humming along pretty soon.

  3. I love it! The tops looks amazing! I know those things can be pesky but you did an amazing job :)

  4. Love how the top turned out Julie!! I love the little door on the lower front too! It's so cute!

  5. The dresser is amazing! I love the unique details it has.
    Today was so beautiful here; it made me want to be outside painting! But that means I need to go shopping for raw materials first ;-)

  6. I hate dealing with veneer issues!! One trick I learned is to use a cheap steam iron (from a thrift store), put a damp towel between the steaming iron and veneer and let the moisture do the work. Still leaves a gooey mess to scrape, but gets some of the work done with minimal effort. Great result on a beautiful dresser!! And hooray for Spring and working in the garage!

  7. Julie,

    I love what you did with this piece. Great bones. I know what you mean about scraping veneer off! Not a fun job but it was worth it.


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