I'm really proud of this gal. I was late night craigslisting and saw it. I'm kicking myself now but I don't have any 'before' pictures. :( It's a pine dresser and its original state was yellow and glossy. Very cabin-esque with wooden knobs on it. The closest I can find online that looks similar is here:
Not my taste. But I really loved the lines of the dresser I found and it was an affordable $60!
The day we brought it home, I started to sand it. And sand, and sand and sand. I spent some time googling how to get a professional finish. In the past, i've found my DIY wood projects still look very homemade. Turns out its all in the sanding. I used 80, 100, 150, 220, and 320 on every part of the dresser. It equated to about two weeks of sanding after work. I'm pretty sick of it.
I would do it again though.
After sanding, I used wood conditioner. I've never used it before but I think it really made a difference in how smooth the stain went on the wood. I'd recommend it.
The conditioner only sets for 10 minutes before its ready for stain. I used Minwax Early American and REALLY love the color. Even on pine, it does a great job of giving the woodgrain depth.
I found new knobs at CB2, which could be my second soul sister behind West Elm. I think they could pair well on bedside tables as well..just need to figure out where/what those will be.
I'm SO happy with the end product. It turned out better than I thought it could WITH the added bonus of extra storage that my previous dresser didn't offer.
I think the moral of this story is, if you see a dresser with good bones for under 100 bones, go for it.
Also, it could have been by addled sanding mind but doesn't this woodgrain on the side of my dresser look like an elephant profile? Tell me you can see it?
Also the cactus on my dresser is FAKE! FAUX! PLASTIC! Hobby Lobby for the win there.