Before & After:
New Life for an Old Dresser

Manhattan Nest

Sometimes all a piece of furniture needs to make it better suit your space is a bit of TLC. Instead of ditching it or just living with it, Daniel Kanter of Manhattan Nest shows how to revamp an older piece to make it feel like new again.

Daniel explains:

So Max and I bought this dresser a few months ago, and I've just been too busy with school and work and procrastinating to devote any time to fixing it up. I mean, it's a nice dresser — totally looks pretty nice and there's nothing functionally wrong with it, so it wasn't exactly first on my list of priorities. All I really did was wipe out the drawers before we started loading clothes into it, and Max threw a bunch of art books on top before I even had a chance to clean it off.

It's hard to tell from the pictures, but it had a bunch of little nicks and scratches and bumps and bruises and chipped veneer and little bits of paint and cigarette burns and rings on the top!

Also, every time I did wipe it with any cleaning product, the towel would turn a shade of dark brown, which was a bit disconcerting. I love some nice rosewood, for sure, but decades of smoke and tinted furniture polish and wax and crap probably weren't doing the wood a lot of favors at this point.

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Daniel shows, with full instructions and step-by-step images, how he transformed this older piece that was in need of some love and care into a like new piece of furniture. Check out Dresser Restoration on Manhattan Nest.

(Images: Daniel Kanter)

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