Before & After: A "Wreck" Gets Beautifully Redone

Before & After: A "Wreck" Gets Beautifully Redone

Jennifer Hunter
May 8, 2014
(Image credit: Haley Hekman)
Haley found this "little wreck" while coming home from the grocery store one Sunday afternoon. Although it was in bad shape (warped, no hardware, numerous water rings and the drawers didn't open or shut), she loved the coloring, the curved wood top, and the size was perfect for her living room. She'd never done a project like this before, but nonetheless, Haley decided to try a little (or a lot of) TLC to see if she could revive this dresser.
(Image credit: Haley Hekman)
Haley started by removing all the doors and drawers — she had to reconstruct some of the drawers so that they would open and shut. Next she lightly sanded the whole dresser and stained it. Finally, the time consuming step was resizing the holes on the doors and drawers to fit standard hardware pulls.

Haley says, "I will admit that I made some mistakes along the way. I accidentally sanded down one of my favorite details- the chevron patterned wood that ran along the bottom and middle of the dresser, boo."

Every project has a little trial and error, but especailly for a first-effort, we think you did a beautiful job, Haley. Congratulations.

Here's how the material costs came out:

Sandpaper- $5.50
Wood Glue- $7.50
Wood Stain- Already had
Pulls- $50.00
Total- $63.00
Total time spent- somewhere around 30+ hours

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