Before and After: Dresser Style!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ok, so I've shown you little sneak peeks of the dresser, but I finally finished it yesterday and wanted to share the completed "After"! It's still sitting on tarps and hasn't been decorated yet, but that's mainly because we are still working on the fireplace (fingers crossed it will be done tomorrow night!).

Ok, so here's the before:

I actually really liked the "Before" and the vintage look of it, but after looking at all of the flaws....

I decided it needed to be shown some love :). So I sanded it...

Stained it....

Stained it AGAIN

And then I finally had my "After"!



Obviously, there are still dents and marks and other imperfections on it but I think it makes it look like something you would pay to have look "distressed". I love it! I had a lot of fun staining it (although, next time, I think I may just use one coat of stain). Except for sanding...I'm not a fan of sanding, but it was worth it! The dresser is basically sitting where it will "live" which is in the corner of our living room...right next to the fireplace which I will hopefully have pictures of in the next few days!

P.S. You can see more fun decor and furniture re-do's at The Shabby Nest!


  1. It looks beautiful. It's a ton of work. good for you!

  2. Oh, I think it turned out gorgeous! The stain is such a beautul rich color! Way to go!

  3. I love it!! I am so glad to see someone keep the wood tone. I am all for a white piece, but some pieces should stay natural...kudos!

  4. It's just beautiful! But, I'm with you - I'll do anything to avoid sanding! This has such a rich dimension. Just beautiful!

    Would love for you to drop by and link up to Passion for Paint this weekend.

  5. It looks great! I love it that you chose to sand and stain it. I am a big fan of wood and it kind of hurts my heart that its so trendy to paint everything now. Very nice!!

  6. Thanks for the comments--it was hard work but well worth it!

    I would love to link to your party Colleen!

  7. Beautiful! You gotta love it when your hard work pays off!

  8. Sooo pretty. What stain did you use?

  9. We used Minwax Gel Stain in Walnut,I love it--it's doesn't drip like other stains!


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