Thursday, July 10, 2014

Trash to Treasure

Every spring our city has a program called Curbside Clean Up, or as we like to call it: Put out your junk day! It goes for five weekends and covers a section of the city each weekend. We were in full junking mode looking for treasure in the discarded items on the curbside. One afternoon we came upon this dresser that had been discarded. Some other junker had taken the drawers already, but we saw possibility. So we loaded it up and took it home.

After a trip to Home Depot to get some Hardboard for the shelves I was ready to begin.
Due to the badly damaged corner, I decided to trim off the top lip of the the dresser completely with a circular saw. I then added a bit of wood filler to smooth out the rough area.

The shelves were cut to fit and glued in. (thanks to the Home Depot guy who cut the larger pieces down for me with the panel saw at the store)

I mixed up my own color of chalkpaint using calcium carbonate, and some blue, gray and green paint.
I applied two coats of paint and then applied some wax. Sanded a little to distress it and then waxed again. Finally I added some white paint in the grooves above and below the shelves to make the details stand out. It turned out amazing! (If I do say so myself)

Tada! Curbside Trash to Household Treasure.

Happy Junking :)

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