Sunday, April 14, 2013

Project Dresser

I think it somehow slipped my mind to tell you all that we gave up our dreams of fancy Amish furniture for our bedroom and decided to give our master bedroom some much deserved TLC. The wallpaper was stripped during my pregnancy with Andrew and we sort of left it alone without any furniture except a chair, bedframe and dresser.

When my parents stayed in our room during Benjamin's birthday weekend, I was totally embarrassed that I'm 30 years old, married for almost 5 of that time and we still don't have anything fancy in that room except a couple canvases from our wedding. We got real about things and realized that who were we kidding... we can't front thousands of dollars on Amish furniture because we would rather travel and send our kid to college. So yeah. Reality check.

We bought some fancy stuff that makes the room feel very chic and yet we're under $1,000 on the whole project. We have a couple final touches like adding art to frames that had the same pictures in for like 6 years (I know!), re-hanging our canvases, and refinishing the dresser we bought on Craigslist for $125. Well, $155 if you count the $30 we paid the lady's son for delivering it to our house.

With a little help from Pinterest, tutorials, the awesome people at Wo.odcraft and a speedy phonecall with my friend Caroline, we've removed the hardware and are halfway through the sanding stage and well on our way to staining this new beauty for our bedroom to be complete.

There are gobs of other things rolling around in my head right now, but I think my Instagram peeps know well enough what I've been up to as of late. Lots of family love and attention going on. I'm back for a bit before heading on another adventure next week. The Wilsons are nonstop, I tell ya. And yet the baby didn't get the memo that it's not cool to scream on airplanes. If you are a furniture refinishing guru, feel free to leave your fun stories, advice, or complaints in the comments. I'll appreciate them. Stay tuned for the bedroom reveal that will take place in a month or so.


Party of Three Heads said... [Reply to comment]

I LOVE refinishing furniture! The furniture in our guest room was all my husbands from when he lived at his parents home. I wasn't crazy about it, so I sanded the dresser, and night stand and it made it just the way I wanted. I also refinished a Buffet that was a hand me down from my great uncle from Ethan Allen, it turned out beautiful! My next project is to re-do Colston's toy box, want something different. We're tackling his room real soon. Soo sick of the theme that's been in there for 3 years!

Brie said... [Reply to comment]

What's your Instagram name? I wanna follow (:

Sometimes refinishing furniture is better than buying something anyone else can have. You'll stain it your unique way and love it! I just love refinishing furniture.

LauraJane said... [Reply to comment]

So excited to see your progression!

I lol'd at the thought of being embarrassed while your parents stayed in your room. I feel the same way with the mismash of stuff in our guest room right now. We have Scott's cousin staying with us the night before Grace's birthday... Did I mention she's an interior designer so I feel like I need to do something in there so she doesn't (silently?) judge me. ha. :)

Alison G. said... [Reply to comment]

I love it! It's going to look great refinished.

Brooke said... [Reply to comment]

Can't wait to see how the dresser project turns out (and the whole bedroom reveal). I just ordered new bedding for our bedroom at the new house. It's the juggling of so many projects that does me in...

Sarah said... [Reply to comment]

We actually did get to splurge on Amish bedroom furniture in our pre-kid life. But we upgraded to a king-size mattress last year and never got a new bed frame. We've been sleeping on a mattress on the floor for the past ... oh, eight months. I do feel a bit like a broke college student.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Exciting! I LOVE the furniture refurbs blog Mama's have been doing lately! I can't wait to see!