So…here is something we haven’t talked about on this blog yet. In addition to my design business, I own a retreat house. You can find it here: Legacy Retreat House, if you care to take a peek.
It started out as a weekend retreat house for scrapbookers, quilters and other crafters and has begun to take on vacationing families. When we furnished it, we put in a luggage rack for every bed figuring no one was staying more than a few nights. Now with our vacationing families, people are beginning to stay for a week or two at a time. As I was out running errands one day, I thought, “I really need to start looking for dressers for the retreat house.” No kidding, on my way back home, there was a dresser on the side of the road with a big “FREE” sign on it!
Of course, I stopped and put it in my van with the help of a nice teenage boy who was riding by on his bike. It’s an interesting little dresser. There were originally four knobs on each of the three drawers, but many knobs were missing. There were three left on the top drawer, one on the middle and three on the bottom. I really didn’t want to invest in new hardware… and four pulls per drawer seemed excessive, so I decided to redistribute the hardware I had and fill in the holes where I was not going to replace the pulls.
See all the holes for the missing hardware?
Let me tell you… this is a really nice, high quality, much-heavier-than-it-looks dresser! Look at the stamp in the drawer and the dovetail joints!
So here is what it looked like after I filled in the holes:
I sanded the drawer fronts and spray painted them with Rustoleum Ultra Cover 2X Spray in gloss white. The dresser top was looking a little beat up, so I decided to sand and spray that, too.
While the paint was drying, I tackled the hardware.
With salt and lemon juice…before adding the Bon Ami. Compare the top three to the bottom one.
The knobs are real brass. The pulls are brass plated. Not that it matters, you clean them the same way. First I tried a little Bon Ami, a natural cleanser that we use for cleaning our copper bottom pots and pans. That didn’t really do much. So I tried a mixture of salt and lemon juice with a tooth brush. That did a pretty good job. THEN…I added the Bon Ami to the salt and lemon juice…score!
Look at that hardware shine in the photo below!
And lastly, a photo of the dresser in it’s new home:
Here’s a before & after side by side:
What do you think?