As if I don’t have enough projects on my plate, I simply could not resist acquiring yet another dresser. I know, I know, there is such a thing as too many projects…especially since I seem to be struggling with the completion piece. Needless to say, I was checking out some local and not-so-local Craigslist sites this afternoon. Imagine my surprise when I came across a pretty cool dresser. Asking price: FREE. That being said, I haven’t actually seen the dresser in-person, but from the Craigslist post pictures, it does appear to have promise. I’ve been told (by the person who actually picked it up) that it is a bit rough (and probably needs work), but there’s got to be something there. Right? Figured it was at least worth a shot. Unless I’m mistaken, it sure does look like another Waterfall dresser. Now, I do believe I’m done acquiring dressers…for a while (at least).
At this point, I guess I should finish working on the ones I’ve got, ‘eh?
Well, talk about the discovery of the century…or rather, the past century. A few weeks ago when I was picking up the Waterfall dresser, the folks I bought the dresser from asked if I might be interested in a mid-century chair they were trying to re-home. Well, you know me and all things mid-century…what could I say?!! The only giddy-up was whether or not it would fit in the car along with the dresser. I must say, once I saw the chair, I was hooked. But would it fit? Lucky for me the individual was able to JENGA that chair and the dresser into the back of my car. Yes, it was a tight fit. But, it all fit. I knew upon agreeing to take the chair that it needed some work. In this case, re-upholstery…which is not something I’m super familiar with. So, I’ve got plans to contact a couple local companies about how much it would cost. If it is too much for my budget, I may have to pay-it-forward. But, you never know.
About a month ago, I began the search for a dresser. I know, I know…yet another dresser. Stay with me here, this one isn’t for me, but for a family member. With style and size preferences in hand (figuratively-speaking), I started my search on Craigslist. Over the course of a couple weeks, I eventually expanded my search to include six different city sites. Obsessive? Absolutely! I’d peruse each site for dressers in the price range I was working with. As I was looking for an upright dresser, about a third to half of the options were automatically eliminated. No worries, as patience is the key. My strategy included emailing a lot of links to possible options and waiting for a response. If the dresser received a favorable response, I would then set about emailing the Craigslist seller with questions and displaying interest. Obviously, with such a complicated process, I missed-out on a couple of ’em. But, as luck may have it, we ended-up being able to score a beautiful Waterfall dresser. In awe of such a beauty (and excited to get such a reasonable price), I failed to do a very thorough exam before I purchased the dresser. Alas, perhaps I’ll learn one of these days. Until then, I’ll just have to continue to gain additional skills with each challenge presented before me.
The dresser itself is quite a beauty. The distressed finish will be a perfect addition in a coastal home. The drawers are a little sticky. I’ve read that wax can help to ease the wood-on-wood slides. Check. Upon cleaning-up the drawers, I discovered that the second one from the top wasn’t wanting to close with any sort of ease. Upon further inspection, I realized that it was completely missing the wooden drawer slide on the right side. No wonder it had trouble sliding and closing. So now, I need to work on building a replacement drawer slide. I almost forgot to mention that the dresser had little wood casters. Well, as cute as they were, I’m going more for functionality this time around. Luckily, I was able to remove the actual caster with little trouble. With the caster removed, the caster sleeve or socket remains. I’m not sure if I want to leave them in or if it’d be better to take them out. Time will tell if it might be better to replace them with self-leveling feet. I mean, we are talking about a piece of furniture from the past century. None-the-less, once the drawer slide business is figured-out, the rest will eventually fall into place. In the meanwhile,
I’m beyond thrilled to have the chance to work on a true piece of history…no matter how many headaches it gives me.
I was approached by a friend about doing some work on a dresser. Years ago, I was able to re-do a dresser for this friend to use as an entertainment center, so I suppose my work spoke for itself then. Anywho, I figured I’d see what sort of dressers were out there that would meet the needs of this friend. I found a few great potential dressers on Craigslist while perusing a while back. However, right around that time, I happened by a pretty epic yard sale…and found a ragged dresser with the perfect bones. The seller was asking $10 for it, which sounded pretty good. I called up my friend, who scurried on over, and we acquired the dresser right then and there. At an initial glance, the dresser needed work, but wasn’t too bad. Silly me, won’t I ever learn? After spending some time at another friend’s house, I finally had a chance to take a closer look at the dresser. It was rough…a bit more than I thought, but still seemed work-able. So, I set to work at getting it to a point where I could move forward. I asked a neighbor (who just happens to be a retired wood shop teacher) for some advice and suggestions. Task number one: prying off the top of the dresser. With the aid of a Wonder Bar and an extra pair of hands, it came right off. Turns out that it was actually a very cheap replacement top. Needless to say, I was not sad to see it go. While I was in demo-mode, I figured I’d bust out the bottom of two drawers that were very unhappy. While I’m working on replacing the bottom of a drawer on the nightstand, I figured two more wouldn’t be too much extra work. Once again, silly me. Alas, I went to work sanding the dresser inside and out. With the help of my electric sander, it wasn’t too tough…and allowed me to see the dresser up close and personal. Since I was going to be priming the dresser inside and out, I bought some spray cans of primer (Bulls Eye 1-2-3)…thinking it might make that particular task a bit easier. I must say that the spraying went quite well. Three cans into the project, I realized that this wood was mighty thirsty. So, I switched the my can of primer and a paint brush. Even using that method, the entire priming process did take some time. I am happy to report that I was able to get the “entire beast” primed. The following day, with a few moments of daylight remaining, I figured I might as well start filling in some of the imperfections I had seen on the dresser frame and drawers. Who knows, if I play my cards right, I can sand the piece again tomorrow…and apply the first coat of color. Looks like we’re going with a lovely gray on this piece.
A few weeks ago, I found a little white lamp with a wobbly top. With my hopeful outlook, I figured fixing that little wobble would be a piece of cake. After fiddling around with it a bit on my own, I turned to the internet for some inspiration and possibly some direction. The repair sounded simple enough, but would require taking the lamp a bit more apart than it already was. Not wanted to make a decision on the fate of this poor little FREE lamp, I figured I’d sleep on it (for a month or so). Now, something I’ve yet to mention is that the very moment I acquired the lamp, my friend inquired, “Are you going to paint it?”. At that point, I had absolutely zero intention in making this an even bigger project that it already seemed. So, of course, my answer was, “no”. Fast forward to today, after much hemming and hawing, I’ve come to the conclusion, that this lamp will be much more of a statement piece if it has some color to it. Currently, I’m thinking orange. I stopped by the local lighting store…which just happens to have a sign in a window advertising, “lamp repair”. During my errands this afternoon, I brought my lamp along, in anticipation for a stop at the lighting store. The person working at the counter was incredibly helpful and tried to tighten the loose part right then and there. To no avail, as the nut inside the lamp was just spinning and spinning. I inquired as to how much it would cost to complete this (seemingly simple) repair. $30.00 was quoted in response to my question. Well, for my lamp to go from FREE to $30.00 in one foul swoop was a bit too much for me to handle. Needless to say, I passed on that option. However, the stop at the lighting store was not a waste of time. I was able to gather information on what tool would be needed to tighten the nut AND that the felt (on the bottom) would ultimately need to be removed and replaced. Genius, I know. With this knowledge now occupying space in my mind, I set right to work removing the felt AND loosening the nut. That’s right, you read correctly, I (with assistance) loosened the nut…hence the reason why the whole top is flopping around. You may be asking yourself, “Why on earth?”. Well, the way I see it, it’ll be a whole lot easier for me to paint in disjointed pieces. At least, that’s what I’m thinking. That being said, things have a way of becoming more challenging before they become easier.
I suppose we’ll see.
Well, I figured before I post something about a possible upcoming project, I might as well give an update on what has been an ongoing project. After months and months of searching for the perfect piece and plenty of research on possibly building a custom piece… I am happy to announce that all of those records (previously stored in multiple locations around the house) are now stored in a great HON bookcase I scored off of Craigslist.
If you look at the actual design of the piece, it is very similar to one that I had located previously on Craigslist (in Seattle). The big difference is the lack of the individual dividers. However, with the 41 1/2″ of records I wanted to house together, the dividers don’t really seem to be quite as necessary as I first thought. The records seem to be doing a great job of supporting one another. In addition to being quite the work-horse, this piece has plenty of space for books and other decorative pieces, in addition to being up to the task of record storage.
So, there we have it, a complete record storage solution.
I know, I know…finally.
A while back, I realized that it has been months since I last posted or even mentioned projects that I’m working on. Alas, I suppose that is a reflection of my recent lack of motivation with re: to projects large and small. However, I am happy to report that progress is being made with re: to my search for a complete record storage solution. I believe I mentioned in a previous post that I was possibly having a piece of furniture built specifically to my specs which would ease my record storage needs. Unfortunately, that option didn’t quite work out…so, I’ve kept my eyes peeled (while maintaining an open mind). Lots of measuring and waiting, to say the least. With that being said, I’m happy to report that I believe I’ve finally found something (on Craigslist, of course) that will more than meet my needs, required little more than a good cleaning, and was quite reasonable cost-wise. I have a feeling it is going to provide the storage solution I’ve been searching for. From all angles, it sure looks to be quite the workhorse. I know, it may look a little plain and boring right now…just wait until it is loaded with record albums, books, a decorative piece or two, etc. The possibilities are nearly endless.
Who knows, I may just have to get another (black metal) HON 4-shelf bookcase. Stay tuned for further updates…