Death by Dresser

It’s true. My dresser killed me this weekend.

The dresser I’ve been chronicling (see past posts here, here, and here) for the last few months nearly brought me to tears. I spent 6+ hours scraping paint this weekend. I even have blisters. Ugh! With that said, I *think* I’m moving in the right direction. Be jealous you didn’t spend your weekend scraping/sanding paint…

After day one of scraping, the concrete was littered with pieces of paint.

Day two of scraping rolled around, and by the late afternoon, both Kyle and our neighbor Michael felt sorry for me and came to the party. Thank goodness for more hands!

Right now the dresser is resting inside, and I’m gearing up for round two next weekend. I believe we’ve uncovered some lovely tiger wood, and I like what I see. Believe me, I wouldn’t spend this much time on a piece that we’ll only have for a few years. I think this is a classic piece we’ll have for a long time, so I’m willing to put in some elbow grease for a pretty item we’ll have forever.

I still have a bit more sanding to do, and then it will be time for some shellac and polyurethane action.

And at last, this never-ending project will be complete. Believe me, I’m not holding my breathe:).


9 thoughts on “Death by Dresser

  1. Pamela Said:

    Hysterically, that is EXACTLY what I spent Sunday doing too! I have a similar end table/cabinet that actually looks about the same state yours is in. I started with paint removal only to find out it had not two layers of paint – but four. It’s a beast. But they’ll be worth it :)
    Looks lovely already – and I LOVE those keyholes!

    Pamela @

  2. [email protected] Blue Said:

    Wow, great job! It’s going to look so pretty once you’re done :)

  3. jenn Said:

    Oh no, you had to strip it! Well, the wood you found is BEAUTIFUL … I’m excited to see how it turns out. And, I agree, you’ll be using this gorgeous dresser for years :)

    1. TraceyF Said:

      Holy cow that is a lot of work but I have to say…the piece is totally worth it! It is gorgeous and I can’t wait to see it completed. :D

  4. Lila Said:

    I have spent days stripping paint, I feel your pain! My last project was a set of 4 carved chairs. The getting the paint out of the details almost killed me!

  5. Katie @ Newcomb Home Said:

    The wood looks beautiful… props to you for sticking with it! Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  6. Amanda @ RE:DO Said:

    I am in the middle of a crazy refinishing project right now too! I spent the last two weekends stripping old finish off a vintage desk I got on craigslist. I decided to use a Danish Oil finish on Monday, but it didn’t come out as dark as I wanted, so now I get to strip the finish again and stain it! I have been on the verge of tears a couple times too. I’m sure both our projects will be worth it in the end! :)

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