Dresser renovation with old rulers

This is an old junky dresser I found on Craigslist, last Summer. My plan for it was to be a really cool vanity in our bathroom remodel, with a tiled top and a vessel sink. It was the perfect height and width for the space, which is why I paid way too much ($60) for it. This big crack down the top didn’t bother me, since I was going to tile it. We ended up finding a beautiful, maple cabinet so cheap (floor model clearance!) at Lowes that my idea was tossed out the window. And as you might guess, John was never fully onboard with my plan to rehab this dresser into a vanity, anyway! It was “disgusting” I think he said?John’s not impressed with solid cedar furniture, dove-tailed construction, and thick, 1 inch beveled mirrors, nor with the homespun story the seller told me, of his grandmother buying it in the 1920s and the sunny years of it living at their family’s lake cottage…I’m the only sucker who eats up details like that.So after it had been sitting in the garage for months, I was determined to get my money out of this purchase, and redeem both my $60, and the 45 minute drive up a mountain to go get this thing, hauling it home in our Suburban ONLY to be met with John’s rolled eyes and teasing. My philosophy is the older the better, and there is no such thing as too vintage…but there was that thick crack down the top, grown wider from its garage vacation. I had started collecting old yardsticks about a year ago, and here was their chance to shine. A little wood glue, some heavy books on top until it dried and TA-DA:Isn’t that cool? And of course, then I had to re-do all my family photo frames from black to cream color, to display together on the top. It’s not quite done, the edges are open and you can see that I am one yardstick short. John would agree with that, emphatically, but I am referring to the dresser top.The dresser drawers ARE dovetailed and nicely made, and I have a plan to re-use those, but I wanted something easier to use and with more texture. Seagrass baskets from Target fit the space perfectly, once Lee custom-made some shelf supports for me. Have I mentioned how much I love my father-in-law, lately? I have totally broken him in now, as he doesn’t even roll his eyeballs when I approach him with an idea…!

About sparrowjourney

Christian homeschooling mom to three boys, married to my best friend, John, for over 20 years. I love gardening without gloves, learning history with my kids, cooking with lots of butter, serving others, great books, rich coffee, studying the Bible, camping outdoors, scrapbooking, vintage home decor, the smell of rain and cut grass, authentic people, poetry, laughing until your sides hurt, and babies. oh and black licorice is pretty awesome.
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1 Response to Dresser renovation with old rulers

  1. Melissa Preiser says:

    LOVE your creative decorating ideas, Brenda! You inspire me. Maybe one day I will get around to actually DOING something instead of just PLANNING something. Keep up the good work!

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