My son is OBSESSED with trucks. In fact when he wakes up in the morning and stands up in his crib, that’s the first word to come out of his mouth…. so after walking by this poor abandoned dresser in the back lane several times, I actually slowed the stroller down and had a closer look and started thinking I could do something with it. I mentioned it to my husband and the look on his face when he said that YES, he had in fact seen it sitting in the lane, was not one of much encouragement. Nevertheless, he faithfully helped me lug the thing back to our garage and I waited for a few days to be inspired. I knew I wanted to do something involving trucks for my sons bedroom, but wasn’t sure just what, until I was changing my sons diaper one day and there it was right in front of me… (not what you’re thinking)! His baby blanket that I have over top of the changing table was the combination of perfect colors and truck designs for his new dresser.
Here it is before:
Now this dresser was in pretty rough shape when I brought it back, as it had been sitting outside in the lane for at least a week. It had quite a bit of damage on the top at the back (in the back right corner there was actually a chunk of wood missing and the other corner was badly warped from water damage). Sooooo, I began by planing off some of the wood at the back to even out the surface where the wood had warped, then I covered it with wood filler. The other end was trickier. I ended up inserting a small piece of wood (I used a Home Depot stir stick) into the gap at the back with wood glue and when it was dry, used wood filler to build it up until is was flush with the rest of the surface. Then took my orbital sander and sanded the crap out of it!
Finally, I’m ready to start priming the sucker. I found some old Zinsser primer in the garage and got down to business. It wasn’t till later when I tried to wash my brushes with soap and water that I realized that this was an oil-based primer…. oops! I tried paint thinner and this didn’t work either, so had to make a trip to the store for ammonia (this worked like a charm – who knew?!).
Now it’s starting to look like a real dresser!! Wow! I’m impressed.
Here it is primed. I used three coats of Zinsser primer, sanding lightly between coats.
Voila!! I painted it in Antique White and Otter Brook (Behr), and applied 2 coats of satin polyurethane. Notice the truck hardware… I found these adorable truck knobs at Pottery Barn Kids and couldn’t resist…– it didn’t hurt that they were 50% off! Originally I was going to stencil trucks onto the dresser, but after finding the knobs, decided that these stand so nicely on their own! Finally, my first official project complete.
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