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:
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!
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.
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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