Liberty Dressers – It’s all about the hardware

Today’s dresser makeover is sponsored by Liberty Hardware – and you’ll be so pleased it is because wait until you see how these pieces turned out!

First, I’ll show you the dressers I picked up out of someone’s garage:

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Blech!

Filled with spider nests, paint chipping, peeling, rotting and with a slight stench to remind you that they’d been stored in a shed/garage for quite some time.

Dresser makeover, before and after dressers, antique dresser makeover, Liberty Hardware, gold handles, because the hardware makes the piece

It’s pieces like these that are my favourite to makeover because no matter what I do, they can only get better right?

Dresser makeover, before and after dressers, antique dresser makeover, Liberty Hardware, gold handles, because the hardware makes the piece

At $10 each, the challenge was too much to pass up!

I bought some of my favourite paint stripper (Dumond Chemicals SmartStrip – read all about it here), my first pumpkin chai latte of the season and set to work to take these from disgusting to delightful.

Dresser makeover, before and after dressers, antique dresser makeover, Liberty Hardware, gold handles, because the hardware makes the piece

Check out my paint stripper in action – Gosh I love this stuff!

Stripped, sanded and ready for the next phase of this dresser makeover – removing the rotted veneer top:

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I got out my never-used chisel and started prying off the veneer….

then I remembered, I don’t know how to remove veneer…

and I definitely don’t know how to use a chisel…

Dresser makeover, before and after dressers, antique dresser makeover, Liberty Hardware, gold handles, because the hardware makes the piece

Yup, gouges too deep to sand out.  Shoot! – that looked like good wood underneath too!

Looks like I’m going to learn how to put a new top on a dresser eh?

Not to be defeated this early in the game, I decided to admire the gold hardware that I uncovered underneath all of those layers of paint.

Decision made – whatever colour this dresser makeover ended up, it was going to be bling’d out with more gold hardware… which meant that the existing drawer handle holes had to be filled.

Dresser makeover, before and after dressers, antique dresser makeover, Liberty Hardware, gold handles, because the hardware makes the piece

I bought some ¼” plywood and cut it to fit the top of the damaged dresser, then glued it in place and clamped it tightly overnight.  There was a small gap between the old top of the dresser and the new plywood top, so I filled it in with a bit of wood filler and sanded smooth when dry.

Both pieces, and all the drawers got a coat of primer and I sanded it all smooth with 320 grit sandpaper when everything was dry.

Dresser makeover, before and after dressers, antique dresser makeover, Liberty Hardware, gold handles, because the hardware makes the piece

 

Are you ready for the reveal?

After changing my mind about the colour three times, I went with a dark grey (with a hint of navy in it) because I really wanted to show off the new Liberty Hardware gold handles.

Dresser makeover, before and after dressers, antique dresser makeover, Liberty Hardware, gold handles, because the hardware makes the piece

I should have taken a photo before the dresser makeover was complete so that you could see the pieces before the new handles were added;  they looked good – but not THIS good.

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Do you need a flashback to the before?

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aaaaaaannnnnd the after:

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Tell me the hardware didn’t make these?

Liberty Hardware soft industrial cup pull

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You can find a huge selection of Liberty Brand hardware (handles, knobs, hooks, hinges and more) at Home Depot, Lowes, Amazon as well as online – they have hundreds of styles in varying colours to choose from.


Dresser makeover, before and after dressers, antique dresser makeover, Liberty Hardware, gold handles, because the hardware makes the piece

The new top is perfection and you can’t see the seam where I attached it over the old top.

Dresser makeover, before and after dressers, antique dresser makeover, Liberty Hardware, gold handles, because the hardware makes the piece

The insides of the drawers were washed, sanded, primed and painted as well – so there are no lingering aromas or spider nests anywhere.

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When I do a dresser makeover, it’s a TOTAL makeover. lol

Dresser makeover, before and after dressers, antique dresser makeover, Liberty Hardware, gold handles, because the hardware makes the piece

I can’t stop admiring the handles – and not just because they’re from Liberty Hardware – because they are such an elegant statement;  industrial, contemporary and elegant all in one little package.

The hardware really does make the piece – have I said that already?

Dresser makeover, before and after dressers, antique dresser makeover, Liberty Hardware, gold handles, because the hardware makes the piece

Dresser makeover, before and after dressers, antique dresser makeover, Liberty Hardware, gold handles, because the hardware makes the piece

Thank you Liberty Hardware for providing the handles for this dresser makeover – they are stunning!

Dresser makeover, before and after dressers, antique dresser makeover, Liberty Hardware, gold handles, because the hardware makes the piece

Another trash to treasure dresser makeover complete!

Have a great one!

 

This post is sponsored by Liberty Hardware. I was provided with Liberty Brand products to help spread the word about  Liberty’s extensive library of quality handles, pull, hooks and decor. 100Things2Do.ca only shares information I feel is relevant to my readers. All opinions expressed are sincere and my own. Liberty Hardware Canada is not responsible for the dialogue of this article.

 

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2018-06-18T13:39:06-04:00September 23rd, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Sharon Kunz September 24, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Shelly, what is your opinion on primer plus latex vs. chalk paint plus wax? I am thinking of painting my kitchen oak table and chairs and wonder what is the best option?

  2. Cynthia Chilson Finger September 25, 2017 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Stunning makeover! And you are so right. That hardware makes the dressers. Thanks for sharing, Cynthia

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