Two tone dresser: Stain & Paint: Before and After

I wish I had the original photo of my {first} husband’s childhood dresser.  My mother-in-law could not get this out of her basement fast enough when we bought our first house.   It was a piece of my husband’s childhood, made by his grandfather ( born and raised in a small farming town in Nebraska).  It was painted a deep, blood red think Carrie movie era  (I am assuming it was lead paint- eek) and covered with stickers of every interest of my husband’s 13 year old self.  Do I dare say this was his first venture into DIY décor!  It had every ski resort and  skateboard sticker that was produced in the mid- 1970’s.  I don’t have the original photo. This dresser has a painted past: neutrals, black, shades of green, but this most recent paint transformation was for my son’s room.  I guess bright colors and tweens never go out of style.DSC_0021 This photo was taken last summer before I finally FINISHED his bedroom. Stay tuned for that transformation!  Here’s a peak into the after: nuss after desk 4.5 After trying to sand the top and realizing the top was just too worn, I  decided to add a new solid piece of wood and trim.  This saved hours of sanding and gave some “heft” to this dresser.  I primed and painted the sides and drawers and mixed it up with a dark (black)  stain on top!  I love the stain!!! nuss desk 1

Used this to glue to secure the top to the base.

nuss desk 3 glue

Let it sit overnight.  You can see the black paint from 2 years ago along the drawer slides.  Yes, this dresser has a checkered past! nuss desk2 The rest of this project was just primer, paint and new pulls. Scroll down to see my oops on the “pulls.”

nuss after desk 4 The photos look a little streaky with the paint job!   But, I think it is the lighting! I originally ordered a couple different styles from ebay and then when I chose this pull, I ordered 5 additional pulls. The only problem is I ordered 5 pulls of a slightly different style.

nuss desk after 5

Seriously, I love this  makeover and I love that this is a family heirloom restored by our own hands!

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