Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Love/Hate Frenchy Dresser

Gotta a little love/hate relationship going on with this one. What's to love?
FREE + FRENCH = LOVE

However, there's almost always a price to pay for FREE. This is where the hate part comes in. The price.... AGGRAVATION.

WARPED and BROKEN DRAWER BOTTOMS + UNSTABLE BODY = HATE


Lucky for me, I recently made a new friend, Jay, at the local building center who cut new drawer bottoms for me.

PRICE = $6 and a case of Budweiser

He's done me many favors like this lately so to show my appreciation, I brought him a case of his fave beer.

The body however was not an easy fix. I glued and clamped and glued and clamped again and it still wobbled...ugh. I just couldn't figure out what the problem was. I bought some corner brackets and screwed them in the top and bottom corners of the body of the dresser. Nope, still swaying and so not happy. I threw a blanket over it and let it sit for a month.

I discussed my dilemma w/ Jay and he suggested nailing plywood to the back. He cut me a piece (free) claiming at the register it was "scrap" and showed me the nails I should use. Worked like a CHARM!

I should stain the plywood, don't ya think?


PRICE = brackets... $2.36
nails... 1.99
Sanded, primed and painted w/ a blue oops concoction.

PRICE = .50 cents

Added some rose pulls and a resin rose swag.

PRICE = 4.00 yay Home Goods for the pretty el cheapo pulls
PRICE = Rose Swag...$2.25 on Etsy from http://www.etsy.com/shop/pjsw?ref=pr_shop_more  

Gotta give a shout out to my fellow Etsy girls!
Total cost...$18.61, a case of Bud and a friend in high places, priceless!
Here it is now.....finally!


Love those little key holes!



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12 comments:

Allison@FabRehab said...

Ummmmmmmmmmm, wow! First, she was worth all the agravation! Gorgeous! Second, FREE? Third...nice job!!

Cindy said...

Great story... plus I think i learned something from it all.
The dresser is so so pretty now too!

Cindy

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

definitely worth all the stress- she's gorgeous and has the prettiest little legs!

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

It turned out lovely, Sue!

Pete said...

Wow! what a transformation! Pete

Midwest Cottage said...

Wow. For 18 bucks she's beautiful. I like the blue with white hardware.

Catie said...

Gorgeous!! I love how the keyholes just pop now. Well done. : )

Lizabeth said...

I'm impressed! That's quite a transformation! Lucky for you that Jay came to the rescue! He sounds like a pretty a.o.k. guy! I think you made a freebie into a very valuable piece!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

It turned out beautifully! I am very familiar with those aggravating pieces of furniture, but you seem to have kept your humor about it far better than I ever do!

kimberlyann said...

Beautiful! I love the white on the blue.
New follower,
Kim
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Milla said...

Wow what a beauty! I understand how you didn't want to hate something that was free. At least it was worth it. Any ideas on where I can find my very own Jay?

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