I reorganized the storage space under my Project Table - as well as changed out the support leg to one more visually appealing...
...and I set about refinishing my dresser.
This turned out to be a pretty big project. This piece of furniture is well-constructed and quite heavy, especially when filled with my various sewing supplies and notions. While emptying the drawers, I noticed one of them is labeled "Widdicomb Modern Original" and I became curious.
I learned the Widdicomb Furniture Company started as a cabinet shop in Grand Rapids, MI in 1858 and had quite an interesting history. As best as I can tell, my dresser was most likely made in the 1950s. When I saw how much other Widdicomb furniture pieces sold for online, I began to have second thoughts about refinishing mine. But, since I had no plans of selling and it was more important to me that it looked good, I followed through with my refinishing plans.
As you can see, this dresser has seen better days. The surface - top, front and sides - were quite worn.
I purchased two sets of furniture moving pads because this dresser is quite heavy and has not been moved since its initial placement in 1999. I recognized that I would have to move this dresser from its position in the room so I could get access to all sides. This is what 16 years of dust looks like. YUCK!!! It almost goes without saying my allergies were quite active this day.
|Before - oh, how embarrassing!|
|After - not perfect, but much, much better!!|
With some of the existing drawer knobs being damaged, I bought replacements on clearance a couple of years ago at my local Lowe's store. The knobs fit perfectly, but the handles required new placement holes on 8 of the dresser fronts.
I used my orbital sander to remove the remaining finish and smooth out all of the dresser's surfaces, applied several coats of Valspar Signature Paint + Primer in New Black, sealed all of the surfaces with several coats of Rust-oleum Ultimate Polyurethane in High Gloss to protect the finish, and wrapped it all up with the new knobs and handles.
I left the furniture pads in place under each side of the dresser, should the need arise to move it again...like for cleaning!
What I especially love is that all of the furniture in my Sewing Room looks like they go together...no more make-do appearance of mismatched furnishings.
|Sewing Table top...|
|1 of 2 video cabinets...|
|Desk...although it's decorate a little differently now|
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