This 9-drawer dresser went from boring to beautiful to out-the-door in a matter of a week. This is a GREAT example of how you can turn your downtime into a potential money-maker!
Oh guys, oh guys, oh guys….
I hate coming on here and being frustrated, but I don’t think I can fake-write happy when I’m ripping my hair out!
I have SUCH a love/hate relationship with computers. I love all the things they can do, but I hate that I don’t understand them better and I really hate the idea of investing hours and hours into relearning.
My iMac is still in the shop, so I’m working from a little laptop – I’m very lucky to have it as an alternative option – but I’ve become, so accustomed to working on a Mac, that everything on a PC/Microsoft is a monster learning curve again. (I used to use one when I worked in Corporate Canada – but it’s been years).
My drama (today) is I have a bunch of projects completed, and even photographed – but I can’t upload them onto my laptop. I’ve tried uploading to Lightroom – which does work – but then editing each photo takes AGES.
I am not patient enough to dedicate a whole day to editing 20 photos.
I miss my iMac.
But I hate my iMac.
So, the result of my conundrum is that I have to share a project that I completed months ago and already have edited photos for.
If you’ve been following along, you might remember the white tallboy makeover of a few months ago?
Well, this is the matching dresser:
The drawers on this 9-drawer dresser all worked perfectly; my first criteria in choosing what pieces of furniture to makeover. It did however, need some love.
As per my How to refinish furniture tutorial, it all starts with sanding, then primer.
Because I was finishing the white tallboy at the same time (and a third piece of furniture as well) it was nice to be able to mass-spray all of the drawers at the same time.
But, and yes with me there is always some kind of screw up, I lost the handles for the 9-drawer dresser.
I think I might have accidentally chucked two of them in the garbage.
Don’t ask me why – I don’t know why I do most of the things I do? I just try to laugh it off, then head back to my home improvement store – tail between legs and wallet crying – to get more.
I threw out 2, but had to replace 6 handles and then 6 knobs because the old knobs didn’t go with the new handles.
It does look good though right? The hardware totally upgraded this 9-drawer dresser from antique to crisp, clean and current.
An accident with a silver lining! (you gotta find the bright side guys)
What was particularly nice was that I bought both the tallboy and this 9-drawer dresser for about $200 (if memory serves), and I sold them for $400. Not a monstrous profit, but a pretty makeover for the blog, a little less sent to landfill and I made about $50 per hour for the work! (MUCH better than minimum wage).
How about a couple of before and afters for your/my Pinterest board?
For more furniture makeovers, check out some of my most popular transformations (click image to be taken to the full article).
Dresser turned storage, bookshelf and toybox in one!
Nightstand makeover – hale navy
Mid-Century modern nightstands
Article written, fireplace on and a light snow falling…
Time to shut off my (annoying) computer and enjoy the little things.
Have a great one!