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One Room Challenge: Week 5


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One Room Challenge.  Week 5.  It’s on guys.  I feel like I should be feeling the pressure but I’m not. Yet.  I’m sure I will next week though.  Unfortunately my creativity works best under pressure, so I’ll wait a few more days to start styling and accessorizing.  If you aren’t up to date with the challenge, Linda from Calling It Home challenges design bloggers to complete a room makeover in 6 weeks.  You can catch up here:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

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Last night we sanded and re-stained the Craigslist dresser.  This snapshot from last week shows its original state.  Not too bad.  I just felt like sanding and re-staining was what I was supposed to do with it.  We even went out and bought the fancy, electric sander.  Never again.  We had a full blown disaster over here.  I really wasn’t planning on sharing this story because it’s that embarrassing, but this is a day in the life over here.

Neither of us had ever sanded furniture.  We had used the sandpaper that doesn’t do much, but the tutorials I read said to sand with a real sander to get down to the raw wood before re-staining.  So we bought a sander and were pumped.  For WHATEVER reason, we didn’t think it would be a problem to sand INSIDE OUR MASTER BEDROOM.  Guys.  Parker started sanding, I was in the guest room on the computer, I came back to our room an hour later and the entire room was covered in a half inch of sawdust.  Our bedding, my purses on the floor, the horse lamps, the walls, the rug, everything.  I pulled back our bedding and there was a line where the sawdust had covered the bed.  I was in such shock that I couldn’t even cry.  Parker knew there was a little dust flying around but couldn’t see how much there was while it was happening.  I thought we were going to have to throw our room away.

After we realized the extent of the problem, all we could do was laugh.  It wasn’t quite appropriate to laugh out loud yet, but we were both laughing inside.  We threw our bedding in the washer and started wetting towels and literally wiping down the room.  It was disastrous and I honestly didn’t think we would get all of the sawdust out.  There’s probably still some in there, but it’s much better.  You win some and you lose some, right??

I just can’t wrap my head around what I was thinking.  Sanding a dresser inside??!!  I’ve said it before, I’m not a project/diy girl.  But I try.  I try because we don’t have $1,000 to drop on a mid century modern dresser in perfect condition, so when I saw one on Craigslist for $75 I knew it was my chance to have one!

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I am in love with the stain.  I really didn’t know how it would turn out, but I’m so happy with it.  It’s almost a little rustic looking.  MCM + rustic works in my book.  I love all mcm pieces, but I also love how this darker stain differentiates the dresser a bit from the usual mcm dresser.  You can also see where there used to be legs.  I’m not sure why the previous owner removed them, but I’m in search of new legs that match the style of the dresser.  It definitely needs some added height.  I was planning to order some cool mcm legs from Pretty Pegs,  but I put it off and now it’s too late to order.  So I’m praying Home Depot will come through for me.

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Thinking I like this moroccan wedding blanket in here for a little unexpected touch.

Next Thursday is the reveal!!!  Wish me luck because I need it!

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31 comments on “One Room Challenge: Week 5”

  1. I can’t imagine the mess, but that dresser looks absolutely amazing! Loving that gorgeous blanket too! Can’t wait to see the finished room next week!!!

  2. Love the story about the sanding. If it makes you feel any better, we didn’t turn off the water when putting our wainscoting over the water lines (cause we weren’t doing anything with the plumbing) and the wainscoting somehow hit one of the lines just right and sprayed water ALL OVER the powder room we’re working on… like every inch of the bathroom, floor to ceiling was covered in water. It happens to the best of us. Good luck in your final week!

  3. Your dresser looks amazing!! I cannot believe you sanded inside your house, but apparently it paid off:) It looks great and I can’t wait for next week!

  4. I’m literally CRACKING up!!!! Parking was sanding his heart away! LOL! How good natured the 2 of you are- to just laugh and clean up. I wish I could find a credenza with those lines, for that price! Be sure to check Etsy for legs. Not that you asked, but, I wouldn’t do a tapered or a fancy leg on that piece- Just my 2 and a cents! See you on week 6!
    Your fellow ORC participant,

    1. Okay when I was reading this comment we were actually in Home Depot looking for something that would work as legs. I knew HD wouldn’t have the tapered legs I wanted but I was just looking for something that would look decent. We ended up having a round, wood pole (I don’t even know what you would use it for) cut down into shorter pieces for legs. But you commented at the PERFECT time because I was thinking I HAD to have something tapered but I definitely agree with your point now! I love those legs you shared but I wouldn’t have them by the reveal next week so I’m going with something temporary but decent looking for now!! xoxo

  5. Hey! Just noticed you’re from Austin…love that town. We lived there for 15 years before we moved to Dallas a few years back. I miss it a ton!
    Such a funny experience, in a not so funny way. Just think, you probably just saved another poor soul from making the same mistake. At least you ended up with a great looking piece in the end. Love your aesthetic, Claire!

  6. Parker needs a home-cooked meal and a night off!! ya’ll are cracking me up with the sanding inside story! You are making many DIY fun memories!! If it makes you feel better.. Years ago.. I wallpapered Mimi’s dining room for her birthday and then realized the floral pattern was upside down.. Fortunately, I was the only one that noticed so I know how you feel. Love the MB progress and can’t wait for next week’s revels.. And oh by the way.. that mirror looks new?

  7. I can relate. My dad sees the big picture and not the small details, so when he decided to sand the stair railing, he didn’t cover computers, tv, couch, ANYTHING. But he was so happy with the smooth and stained stair railing…(cries inside).

  8. Oh my gosh, that is SO funny (maybe now)! I have to share this story with my husband he does custom woodworks! All that was worth it, what an amazing transformation! You two did an awesome job! I tried to revive my old accent table with one of his extra sanders, and let’s just say, there will be NO more sanding! He took it to his shop and had it done, in no time! Looking forward to seeing your final reveal! Good Luck!

  9. So looking forward to the final showing of this room! I have been meaning to also share that I laughed so loud when originally reading this post. I was actually on the treadmill and had to stop in fear of falling, which would not be good for this preggo lady, lol! I have sanded/re-painted two dressers and will never do it again! They aren’t even that big, but it was not a fun DIY project. And honestly, I am with you on DIY – I would much rather BUY.
    Michelyn Cynthia

  10. I have a dresser that is nearly exactly like yours! (Center set of drawers have no oval ‘pulls’ just flat front.) The surface appears to be (now well chipped) veneer. Was yours? Did you sand off all the veneer?

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