For quite a while I’ve been looking for a new dresser for my bedroom. I currently use a white Ikea dresser that I’ve had since, well, I think I was in middle school when it was purchased. Most of you don’t know my age, but trust me when I say – I’ve owned it a LONG TIME!
I trolled Craigslist and thrift stores for months looking for something not too expensive, but with a little character, and eventually I found this:
The dresser was $25, and since I don’t have a vehicle I negotiated, and the sellers delivered it for an additional $25. I’m pretty pleased with my purchase, but it’s been sitting in my living room for months as I debated what to do with it.
You see, the dresser is a little damaged – it’s got some missing veneer along the top edge, and it’s got some other scratches and marks. Other than its surface defects it’s a nice dresser – it’s got a great shape and the drawers have dovetailed joints. I know it’s really popular right now to take old damaged furniture and paint it a great colour, but I love the look of the old wood, and I’d rather like to try to save it.
My conundrum is I’ve never done anything remotely like this before and I’m honestly terrified to try. In my head I know if things don’t turn out well I can always paint it (I even know I’ll probably paint it Kelly green if worse come to worst), but I want it to be a successful makeover so badly I keep second guessing myself and my ability to pull something like this off.
So, what should I do? Should I try to repair the damaged veneer on the front, and then strip the old varnish off before re-varnishing? Or should I just peel off the rest of the damaged veneer strip, sand it down and cover it in green paint? Either way, does anyone have any tips or suggestions?