WHAT YOU DON'T SEE
Stage 1: I tell my mother that yes, I will refinish-- nay, resurrect and transform-- this ancient dresser that belonged to my great-grandmother's sister. The one my sister emblazoned her name into when she was doing her homework on the side of it in second grade. (No. 2 pencils had nothing on her grip of steel.)
Stage 2: Braving toxic fumes and melting my own flesh off, I coat the entire thing with stain remover. For those of who don't know, it has the consistency of a jellyfish. (And it stings like one, too.)
Stage 3: Still sweating my hands off in elbow-length rubber gloves, I scrape all dry jellyfish/woodstain layer off the top. At one point, I seriously thought I was going to quit. (I find out at the very end that had I put on a thicker coat, this process would be embarrassingly easier than what I made it) But one way or another, I finished! Which leads us to...
WHAT I MADE MY MOTHER TAKE PICTURES OF
Stage 4: Bring out the power tools.
(Fact: This is probably the best pun I have ever made. I am still so proud of my brain for coming up with it.)
This is the best thing I have to a "before" shot. Just imagine it darker, with boring drawers (one chipped on top) and knobs (one which you can't grab because it always comes off.) Growing up with this dresser was what taught me that a butterknife makes for an excellent screwdriver.
Seriously, how cute is she? Watch out boys... she's almost in Young Womens.
Stage 5: Now we can (finally) start painting!
After work, my dad and I hit up Lowe's where they custom mix paint for us in two minutes the exact shade of blue as her bedding. (Who knew they did that? Do we live in the future? I would submit that we do.)
At this point you may be thinking, "Lauren, what is the deal? Do you EVER put on clothes?"
To which I would have to say... "Wow, I thought I did... but apparently not."
This was probably the first time in 2 weeks that my hair was not in a little bun on the top of my head... like it is right now.
Stage 6: Product Placement!
Stage 7: I'm so bummed I won't even be home for the best part!
We spent a lot of time perusing various websites looking at cute dresser knobs. She wants a bit of color to bring out the purple accents in her room, so she's thinking of something like this: (Made by Lisa Everett)
I find myself a little enchanted with beautiful home decor.
I think if it were my dresser, I would have done the whole thing white... or maybe the drawers in a sea-foam green... and then gone NUTS with knobs from Anthropologie
However, whatever she decides on, I know it will look great!
Love you, Meg-- I am so happy you have a lovely place to put all your clothes!
(Just not my red polo. I found it in your room and I stole it back.) xoxoxo