January 20, 2012

Just Like New - Show and Tell

Today is our last guest post for "Just Like New."  Our guest today is Sausha from Show and Tell.  This lady is an absolute expert with giving furniture new life.  I love her blog because it's full of incredible makeovers.  She also has a blog where she lists furniture she's finished to sell.  It's called Sweet Pickins and if you live in Utah you definitely want to check it out.  Sausha has been on the Nate Berkus Show and she drives a rocking set of wheels.  Welcome Sausha!

Hey everyone!!  Im Sausha from {show and tell} and i am super excited to be guest posting today!!  On my blog i post lots of furniture before and afters and a popular re-do is always a dresser turned TV console.  Everyone loves a good furniture make-over right?!

My clients dresser wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either!  It was solid wood and in really good shape so they didn't want to trash it.  They needed a tv console for their new flat screen and after seeing the one that i posted about here, they decided to have me re-purpose their dresser as well.

It started out like any normal dresser, but i needed to reconfigure it a little to be a functional tv console.  I started by taking out the three top drawers and then the middle one in the center.  I just used the jigsaw to remove that middle support between the 2 drawers.  My client wanted and open cubby in the middle so she can put a basket in there to store remotes/dvd's/games.

The next thing i needed to do was make shelves - i just used a 4x8 sheet of 1/2" MDF for this and cut it to fit.  Basically for the middle one, i built a back, 2 sides and a bottom.  The sides just got one bottom shelf.  Everything was glued and nailed so it will stay put.

This is when you gotta use those measuring skills so everything will fit just right!!

If you look at the before pic, you can see that the dresser had some type of wavy molding going across the bottom.  They wanted it to look more updated, so i popped that off and added a piece of baseboard trim.  I love how that changes the look of the dresser!

Then, to finish off where i added the shelving, i put a 1/2' piece of trim around all the openings.

Last step was to fill all the nail holes and any gaps with some wood putty - as you can see my husband went to town with the wood putty - he is so fired!!

Now for the fun part!!  I primed it using a brown tinted primer from Valspar and then painted it Summer White by Sherwin Williams in a semi-gloss finish.  Then i distressed it and clear coated it in a gloss finish (Wood Classics poly by SW).  Then new hardware was added and it was ready to go!!

And there you have it!  An ordinary dresser that's not being used can become a custom piece of furniture in no time!!  If you like a good furniture make-over, come and say hi over @ {Show and Tell}!!  Thanks guys!!

Thanks for sharing that amazing makeover Sausha!  It is so gorgeous and I wish I had known you a while back when we were shopping for a piece like this.  Feel free to leave a comment for Sausha here or stop over and see some more makeovers at her blog HERE.  Thanks for stopping by.


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