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Guest Blogger: Shannon from Vintage Restyled

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I'm so happy to welcome Shannon from Vintage Restyled to Days today.  I think you'll enjoy her blog as much as I do!

When I stumbled upon Jenny’s blog, I knew I had landed in the right spot.  Being a New Yorker, I knew Jenny and I were kindred spirits from the start.  Imagine my delight when she asked me to guest post!
So here I am, Shannon from Vintage Restyled – where I share my furniture and d├ęcor projects daily.  I have two booths in an antique mall where I sell my vintage wares.  I absolutely love to upcycle and transform furniture that is dated or left for dead.  Today, I am sharing my favorite furniture transformation yet.  It required some work, some patience and a lot of love.  

I would love to have you visit me directly and follow along on my design adventures

I bought this dresser off Craigslist.  In the listing it said it was a project.  When I arrived to get it, I almost turned around and left.
But there was something about this maple dresser that made me want to help it.
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The veneer was missing from the top.  After peeling some back, I realized what was underneath was even worse.  So I used a ton of wood filler to fill the gap.
Hubby got busy with the wood glue on the drawers, the sides and the top.  The veneer was loose everywhere!
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But look at these wood wheels. Swoon.
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And look at the finish on the legs! Uggg!
I opted for Paris Gray, even though the rest of the furniture in the guest room is Old White.  This baby needed to stand out.
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When the paint dried, the top bowed.  So Hubby peeled the veneer back a bit and injected wood glue.
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I thought it was going in the landfill at this point.
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Despite my tight deadline, we clamped it and left it for dead overnight.
When we woke, we found it was still a bit wet and one part did not adhere too well.
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So I sanded this baby with 100 grit and the palm sander.  I was losing hope.
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Then I heavily distressed the whole dresser.  I figured nothing was going to be perfect on her, so lets embrace her quarks.
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Oh yeah, roughed up in all the right places.
Then I mixed AS Dark Wax with some clear and brushed and wiped the mix all over the dresser.
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You can see the difference – the top left drawer has not been waxed.
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Then I hit the top.  Crossing my fingers, I applied some more wood filler, sanded and painted a coat.
Without further ado…

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This has been my biggest furniture challenge yet.  I am so thrilled with the result!  I may have to move her in a place where I can see her everyday!  I cannot express my relief and shock that I actually brought her back to life!
Let’s look at some more shots, shall we?
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Hope you all enjoy!


  1. Your determination to save her paid off! What a lovely little dresser. ~ Maureen

  2. wow! how terrific! that gives me some serious hope for the beast sitting in my workspace right now!

  3. Thank you for your comments! I am so thrilled with the result!


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