I found this baby on Craigslist for $40 last week. It's just a little MDF jobber by Sauder, but brand-spanking new, and pretty nice. And certainly better than the thing it was replacing (which I'll get to tomorrow).
The first thing I did was remove the drawers, and dismantle the child-proof hardware that was attached to each one, which prevented (a) more than one drawer from being open at a time, and (b) any drawer from being opened without being pushed in and pulled up or some weird combination, in order to release the child-lock before the drawer would open. I don't have kids. And now I don't have a dresser that's a PAIN IN THE ASS, either.
The second step was to degloss the entire thing with my trusty Liquid Sander, and hit it with a bit of fine sandpaper to muck up the finish enough to take a coat of paint.
Then I wrapped the entire thing in plastic (yay, planning!) and spray-primed the top.
I streaked the body of the dresser, and the drawer fronts, with black paint, to darken the finish and give this thing some actual texture (rather than just the ultra-smooth Picture-of-Wood finish).
I also replaced the wooden knobs that came with this dresser.
A better shot of both the paint
finish and new hardware.
The bottom drawer sports a pair of these guys. Yes, I adore maps, but actually this was because I only purchased enough handles for the top three drawers the first pass through Hobby Lobby, and when I went back for one more pair, they were out of the flat key-shaped handles I bought before. I got these instead, because they're adorable. And I kind of like the mish-mash of hardware on this thing, actually.
The top got another faux-marble paint treatment (whites and grays this time, in stead of the alabaster-y cream and brown like I did on that little nightstand), and I'm sorry to say that most of the picture I took of it just didn't want to come out right.
But this dresser makeover is actually a part of a much larger ordeal - I finally fixed up my bedroom closet! More on that, and better pics of the dresser top, tomorrow. :)