Ta Da!

Put the handles on the drawer project I started on my day off. Now, they're done. Thanks to dad for my "distance learning" session to help me get the handles right. The diagrams I'd drawn were actually a bit embarrassing. I'm sure I would have figured it out eventually, but it's nice that he could just quickly figure it out...it's nice having contractors in the family at times like this!


The flash is making the color look slightly more transparent and emphasizes the flaws...and apparently, the bottom drawer's open, but you get the idea. I do, however, think it looks better in person!

A few helpful hints:

  1. Take the stuff OUT of the piece before doing anything to it. It'll be easier. Trust me.

  2. Don't forget to sand between coats of polyurethane (or "poly"). I ALWAYS forget until I'm into a few strokes of the second coat. 

  3. Be patient, and take time for a third coat of poly. You'll be grateful later. Just ask my TV stand.

  4. When applying the poly, don't have too much or too little on the brush. Too much, it will drip and coagulate into white marks. Too little, you'll get more noticeable brush strokes.

  5. On handles...Don't over-think the handle measurements. As my dad pointed out, most people won't notice 1/16th of an inch.  Don't stress.

  6. Use a long strip of masking or painters tape to line up all the handles the same way. This was genius. Not only did it help me line them up, but it also gave me a surface to make markings on.

Find my description of the staining process here.

All in all, I'm very happy with how it turned out. I'm hesitating putting it back in the closet now!


  1. bravo! looks great and seems like it was easier than last year's nightstand project!


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