AIt’s not every day that I get a call from a local business owner to come to pick up a free wood dresser. Rarely do I turn down anything that’s free. Being known for my love of junk and repurposing sometimes lands me with freebies on my front porch. Ha! I don’t mind at all.
The reason for my blog today is about helping others in need. When I was called about picking this dresser up, little did I know that it would benefit one of the employees from that business? Here’s the story.
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How to Decapitate A Wood Dresser
Back last Spring 2017, our county including several surrounding counties were hit with severe tornados. It was devastating! Several of my personal friends lost EVERYTHING! I and my family were lucky with only being inconvenienced by no electricity for three days. So many others were not. I still get goosebumps thinking about that night. The reminders are still there every day as I drive through the countryside to see the remains. Houses and farms that have been there all my life are totally gone. After hearing the news that one of the employees of the business that donated this dresser to me lost her home, I just knew exactly what I needed to do and I was ready to give back.
The wood dresser had been sitting in my garage for about a month, just waiting for me to tackle it. It had pretty bad water damage to the top of it, thus the word FREE. The top of the dresser was particle board and had buckled and was crumbling. Nothing to salvage there. The remaining structure was solid wood and in great shape. It had major veneer issues, but that’s actually a good thing in this case. That just meant easy removal.
Removing The Water Damage
I took a long square and marked a level line around the top 1/3 of the dresser where the second row of drawers began.
With my saw, I removed the damaged top and the first set of drawers to create a shorter version. I decapitated it! Ha! Perfect height for a bench. The remaining part of the dresser was in great shape. It still had 6 drawers for storage.
The veneers removed fairly easy with just my scrapper due to the water damage. After a quick sanding of the bare wood, it was ready to paint.
Blocking Water Stain Before Painting
I started by painting the whole dresser with Kilz Hide Stain Blocker to cover the bare wood and water stains. Normally I use one coat, but something told me to use two. Sometimes it’s a good idea to listen to your inner voice. After it had dried, I painted the dresser a gray chalky based paint I used a polyacrylic clear coat to seal the paint.
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Rebuilding The Top Of The Wood Dresser
Okay, it was looking good and it was time to address the top. My plan originally was to create a bench with a fabric seat. After seeing the beautiful wood grain in the lumber that I had chosen, I changed my mind. Sometimes a vision doesn’t reveal itself until about midways into a project with me.
I chose a beautiful stain by Minwax in classic gray. I applied the first coat with cheesecloth and waited till it was dry. It was a bit too light for my taste, so a second coat was applied. It was beautiful! Hints of gray and natural wood for that beautiful aged look. It looked nice with the gray paint that I had chosen.
A new Beginning For A Sweet Lady And A Wooden Dresser
Here is the end result! Isn’t it amazing? It would make a great mudroom bench. Shortly after listing this for sale, it was sold and all the proceeds went to help a single Mom with three children that lost everything in the tornado. “Thank God we still have each other” were her words when I handed the money to her.
The hardware was purchased from my favorite Hobby Lobby at half price. SCORE! I love their sales!
God is always good. If you liked this project, check out this Repurposed Washstand. It’s sweet!
Until the project…