From Abbee Hahler of Rochester, MN
I purchased this awesome mid-century dresser for $15 a couple years ago. Lucky for me, my parents live on a farm and have plenty of storage! I have been into re-purposing, refinishing and restoring since I was young. My Dad is a retired teacher/antique dealer/custom barn board table guru. I learn a lot from him and still call him for furniture advice. If I ever needed cash I would strip, stain and paint furniture for him. I love everything about it.
I spent many hours on this mid-century dresser. I started out removing all hardware, washing (using TSP) and sanding every square inch. I made my own white chalk paint, which I applied to the outside. I stripped the dresser drawer fronts and stained them a dark walnut. I probably left the stain on for 30-40 min because the wood I was staining was veneer. I liked the old hardware so I just spray painted it. I topped it off with a good coat of acrylic (on the painted part) and oil based polyurethane. And there you have it, my DIY project!
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