You are probably asking yourself “WHY?”
Why would she even mess with something so hideous?
Because I knew I could make them pretty…that’s why!!!
Truthfully these pieces didn’t have a lot going for them…but what drew me to them was the really cool hardware and they are pretty sturdy. Ugly, but sturdy!
The hardware is obviously “reproduction”…made to look like the hardware of years gone by.
They aren’t REAL flush mount ring pulls, but they are real brass so I knew with a little scrubbing, they would shine right up!
The top…fake leather…ewww!
But it was in good shape!
The front of the cabinet and drawers were solid wood but the sides were particle board…and it had some minor “water issues.” Some of the particle board had started chipping and “bubbling.”
Rather than use wood filler I decided to add a little trim piece to the bottom. Glue and trim nails…simple!
The trim covered the chipped areas and beefed up the base a tad. The minor “bubbling” on the particle board sanded smooth.
The bottom of the drawers had that “fake print” thing going on but they were in great condition. Ugly, but solid and sturdy.
I decided to disguise the “cheaponess” with paint.
First I removed all the hardware and spend a few hours scrubbing it. Again, I have no deep dark secrets for easily removing years of tarnish on brass. SOS pad and brass cleaner…and a lot of elbow grease!
I Kilzed the entire dresser…even inside the drawers.
Sanded everything smooth.
I painted the inside and sides of the drawers with a sample pot of latex navy blue paint. (I recommend priming and painting the inside of drawers if they are “cheapos” or if you can’t remove offensive smells with a good cleaning and vinegar!)
Again, I am kind of obsessed with the white lacquer finishes especially with bright brass hardware.
The repaired sides painted beautifully!
Told you I could make them pretty!
Remember the MCM chest of drawers I featured here? I finally got the brass cone hardware from China…worth the wait!