I need your help! I want your help choosing the colour that the inside & sides of the drawers will be painted on this piece, so please read through and take the time to leave a comment voting for your colour selection.
I know that my first post in this series was not super exciting, who wants to read about tools? But just in case you missed it you can find it here. Some of this information will be helpful as we progress through the series and I will refer back to it occasionally.
I do have something exciting to share with you today, I get to reveal of the piece of furniture we are making over. It is a gorgeous dresser, when I first saw it I fell in love with the Queen Anne Style Legs, I always look at the legs on a piece of furniture, for me they have to be special. It originally had a mirror, I don’t generally keep mirrors and this one wasn’t in good condition to start with so it had to go.
The top has a lot of damage to the varnish, mainly stains and scratches. It looks really bad, but I can tell from looking that it is only as deep as the varnish.
When I first begin a piece I always assess it for damage, inside and out (I actually do this when I purchase a piece of furniture). The repairs I need to make on this piece are:
- Glue trim back into place on top edge
- Trim off excess top from where the mirror was attached at the back
- Fix broken draw
- Fill Holes
There is also termite damage, which you do find in old furniture occasionally, they are long gone so all I need to do is fill the holes. The damage is mainly superficial so no wood needs to be replaced.
I always begin with repairs before moving onto any stripping.
To repair the wood trim I use wood glue and two large furniture clamps. The furniture clamps are about 2 meters long and can be quite expensive but really helpful when you need to glue pieces back into place like this. Make sure you wipe away any excess glue that oozes out. I usually leave the wood glue overnight to dry.
This doesn’t happen often but as the mirror has to be removed from the dresser it has actually left the back of the top with a couple of large holes, these are part of an overhang so I can simply use a jigsaw to cut off the excess. You could also repair the holes but as this part of the dresser had a lot of the termite damage it was better to just get rid of it. What I do is draw a line and score it with my Stanley knife to prevent splintering as I cut.
I never rush these cuts as you want a nice straight clean edge. I then sand it just to make sure the edge is smooth, this is done with the power sander with a 120 grit sand paper. I also fill the gap you see with wood filler so that when I paint it I have nice clean edges.
You will need to remove the drawers from your dresser when working on it, the first thing you do is label the back of your drawers so you know where they go. I always label mine the same – from left to right, top to bottom (see image below), doing it the same way every time makes certain you remember where they go. The thing with old furniture is that drawers are usually made to fit the slot they go into and if you don’t label them you will probably find you put them back wrong and this is where drawers get stuck. I take one drawer out at a time and use chalk to number the back of the drawers as they come out. (sometimes you will find that the maker actually has already labelled the drawers, which is a huge help!)
Once the drawers are removed I give the inside a good clean. Usually they are full of cobwebs, spiders, dust and other leftover insect life. I like all my pieces to seem new and I believe attention to detail is important so cleaning a piece of furniture is worth my time. I first use a dustpan brush to get rid of the majority of the dirt and then a damp cloth and give it a good wipe down.
I then remove all the hardware and use wood filler to fill any holes I do not need. Old furniture has all different sorts of hardware, some are attached with screws, bolts & nuts, other ones nails or the super secret ones that are attached with nails that look like screws (just to mess with your head and get you really annoyed) and finally my favourite are the ones that are glued in place and just ruin all your plans. The hardware on this were attached with bolts and nuts that I removed then used a hammer on the inside to hammer out of place.
This piece is getting new hardware but I will be using the existing holes so I leave them as is. But, just so you know what I do when I have to change the locations of the holes to accommodate new hardware here are the steps:
I fill the holes with wood filler, I usually use just a little bit more wood filler than I need and I make sure I fill any holes on the inside of the drawer. A pet hate of mine is where people replace hardware and don’t bother to fill old holes inside the drawers, little details matter like this when reselling. I always believe paying attention to the details makes for a better quality piece. Leave your wood filler to dry and then sand it back to a smooth finish.
I lay all my drawers next to each other on the ground, as they would be when they are in the dresser, this way I know my hardware placement is perfect, nothing worse than your knobs not lining up.
I use the metal ruler and a pencil to measure halfway down on each drawer and mark this then I decide how far in on the sides I want the knobs and I mark this on each end along the middle line we have just drawn. I do the same for each drawer. When you are placing just one knob on a drawer I mark the center point and simply drill there.
Now for the decision I want your help with…….
I have plans for the outside of this dresser but the inside I want to paint with a bright colour…….that’s where you come in!
I want you to have a look at these Fusion Paint Colours I have narrowed down and choose your favourite. The colour that gets the most votes in the comments will be what I use. The outside colour is a neutral and I have chosen the below colours as any of them will go with it.
1. Prairie Sunset | 2. Ceramic | 3. Renfrew Blue | 4. Laurentien
So let me know your choice below in the comments, I will let you know what colour it is in the next post in this series next week. Can’t wait to see what you pick!
****UPDATE**** VOTING IS NOW CLOSED AND THE COLOUR HAS BEEN CHOSEN – Thank You all how helped in the selection!
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