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Dresser, with renewed handles

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I hope Colleen hasn't had to resort to stripping herself! Here's the promised "more!" I spray painted the handles a metallic gold, which I'm quite pleased with. They turned out better than I expected. What's left are the feet. Opinions, please--do you think I should spray paint them gold or stain black?
Dresser Before:

Dresser After:

Handles before:

Handles after:

On other news, I leave Wednesday for London! I won't be blogging whilst there (going to be more or less low tech...too darn expensive to use my iphone, so unless I find a way to get a phone there for cheap or have internet access somewhere, I'll be off line!), but I'll be taking lots of pictures and notes to blog once I return. It's really funny how times have changed...I was feeling concerned about not having much cell service or web access...meanwhile, as I said to someone the other day, people existed and managed to make plans pre-internet and pre-cell phone. Heck, when I lived in Engl…

The (almost) finished dresser

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Here it is! Handles have to be painted so I only put some handles on. I'm not sure if it will stay where it is though I have to admit that it does fit perfectly under the window!
I'll get into the flaws--there was the sanding before poly issue (not sure if I mentioned), I also missed stripping & staining in the strip of wood between the drawers so it kinda stands out. I also have yet to do anything to the legs.
More later!!

Scariest part of staining

I'm getting ready for the scariest part of furniture finishing--the topcoat! First of all, you have to lightly sand the surface, which is mentally upsetting, and then I constantly worry about lint and brush strokes in the poly finish. I had to go buy a new can of the poly this afternoon because I wanted semi-gloss to match the nightstand (I had some leftover satin). And, I bought a quart because the pint looked too small...I know I'm going to have a ton left.
While at the hardware store, I bought spray paint for the hardware--metallic gold. I'm not sure about it. I was torn between that and black satin. Well, I can't use that today anyway. Not an indoor activity! The store didn't have the little brass feet for the legs. I didn't stain the legs yet anyway.
Update, 9:12 pm: Oh boy. Big Duh moment. This is why I hate this step. I erroneously sanded BEFORE the poly, versus between coats...something I only realized after applying the poly to the first drawer when th…

Waiting for Coat 3

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Butt Naked

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My dresser is, thankfully. Though, so am I in a way, or will be...I'll explain, but first the dresser.
I'm nearly there. The existing finish is finis. (Well, except in the part where the drawers close that I thought didn't show...yeah, surprise!) I had planned on staining it this past weekend, but I was too pooped out and didn't get up early enough on Saturday. So, that will come.
My other obsession is finding a way to clothe myself. This is an exceedingly difficult task, seeing as everything is made to fit aliens. Or something. i.e. NOT ME. The two main things I need are: shoes that don't cripple me when I walk (or even just sit) and a raincoat. Seems simple, right? No. I've ordered almost every trench coat available in plus sizes, and I was beginning to give up hope. I returned three to Nordstrom on Saturday. Today, I got a few more in the mail, and at least these weren't completely awful. Still, I'm not writing poems to them and don't feel they'…

Day off Watch 2009: Drawer Day!

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To prevent Colleen from going through withdrawl, I give you this:

I took today as my day off, and figured it was good anyway since it's Good Friday. I'm stripping the drawers today and sanding (by hand!) the dresser. The nice things about the drawers is that they're small enough to put on my dining room table (with my vinyl tablecloth that I use as for crafts as dropcloth!). If all goes well, I'll be staining tomorrow!!!

Strip for Me, Yeah

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Made lots of progress yesterday--got the whole main part of the dresser done. I had to scrub a little with a stripping pad (essentially steel wool shaped as a square), but this stuff works really well.  All that's left are the drawers and legs.

There were certain areas that needed a second coat (seen on the top right and top center). I found that it was hard to realize at times how thick I was spreading the stripper, and that that tended to especially happen at the edges. Putting a thick coat on is critical--like frosting on a cake. There are still some whitish areas, that I'll probably be able to remove by a light sanding. Here's a view of the stripper once it's had it's chance to work. When it gets all bubbly like that, it's time to scrape.

Stay tuned...

Impatience rules

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Remember me saying I'm impatient yesterday? Still am. I applied a coat of stripper this afternoon, but didn't apply quite thick enough or leave it on quite long enough. Still, most of the surface is removed from the one side. I'll reapply some to the bottom section and then sand out the rest. The top left side has some stripper acting on it as we speak (you may notice the glossiness on the top surface of the photo below). I need to get ready to leave for a cocktail party at my boss's house!

Friday Night Strip Show

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I am nothing if not consistent. I tend to be impatient and impulsive. And, today was no different. At work, I received my shipment of Soy Gel, a soy-based stripper. When I got home, I couldn't wait to apply a coat. I didn't eat, I didn't take a load off, I applied some stripper to the dresser. I learned my lesson, though--I started with a small patch. I'm planning on doing this project slow and steady!

Update: The stripper's only been on 1 hour or so, and it's already removing the surface! I'm excited!