Before & After: Erin’s Inherited Dresser

published Mar 4, 2014
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
Post Image
(Image credit: Erin Howey)

Erin inherited her grandparents’ dresser set but due to 30 years of wear and tear, it needed some love. Cut to: she’s ankle deep in supplies with no idea how to proceed and ready to throw in the towel. We’re so glad she persevered because, well, check out her results.

(Image credit: Erin Howey)

It took a year and lots of help from her dad (who even brought his palm sander across five states to give to her), but she was able to strip, sand, stain and clear coat this beauty.

From Erin:

There were several times I wanted to quit, but the thought of basically ruining heirlooms and such nice pieces of furniture made me keep going. After one year, two cans of stripper, several trips to home depot, numerous cans of paint and a probably annoying number of phone calls to my Dad, I finally finished! I learned a lot in the process, including the fact that I do not want a second career in furniture revitalization, but mainly I discovered that with a little time and research I’m capable of making beautiful things. I hope it inspires you all to bite off more than you can chew on your next project!

See more details at Craft Noire.

Thank you Erin!