Before & After: Christine's Dresser Makeover

Before & After: Christine's Dresser Makeover

Colleen Quinn
Apr 29, 2009


When Apartment Therapy DC reader Christine decided to get rid of her IKEA dressers in March, she found a buyer before she found a replacement. After scouring Craigslist, she found the perfect lines (if not the perfect finish) during a trip to DC's Eastern Market. A mere $80 later ($40 for the dresser, $40 for delivery) she found herself the proud owner of a solid wood dresser that didn't match anything in her apartment. Though initially concerned about refinishing such a large piece in her small apartment, Christine couldn't resist the lure of a project, and busted out the SoyGel...


Christine had nothing but positive reviews for the SoyGel, and soon had the dresser stripped down to bare wood. After three coats of her favorite stain, and some spray paint for the battered handles, Chrstine has an almost perfect piece to add to her space. We love that Christine brought an old piece back to life, and think her project can be an inspiration for others looking to make changes to their decor in these troubled economic times.

You may notice in the picture above that the legs have yet to be redone; Christine is on her way to London, but is looking for opinions on whether to stain them to match the dresser or to paint them to match the handles. Thoughts from our readers?

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