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Posted By Ina On October 1, 2012 @ 5:59 am In Life | 8 Comments

With a whirl wind of a summer, and a busy fall, it often feels like there are not enough hours in the day.  It is hard to believe we are now in October….where did the summer go?

Although I must say September was a most beautiful month.  Cool mornings and evenings, then hot afternoons.  Perfect September weather.

Somewhere amidst these past few busy months, I was able to restore an old dresser – not sure how I pulled that off, I am still trying to figure that one out!

We purchased this vintage tall boy dresser for $15.00 – it needed work…a lot of work.  The drawers are tongue and groove and overall the dresser is very solid.

This is not the greatest picture, but check out this nasty, ugly stain on this old dresser:

Here is the side view:

Technically I should have used a stain “stripper”.  But the thought of those harsh chemicals was too much to think about, so lots of muscle power and an electric sander was the way I went.  The drawers were somewhat banged up too.  It took about 6 hours over 2 days to get all of the old stain off – not bad considering how thick the stain was.

Here is the top of the dresser already sanded: See how there is still color in the wood?  It will mean whatever stain color we use will go darker as a result – but better that than nasty chemicals.

Mr. Tucker decided to keep me company, until I turned on the sander – then he was out of there like a shot!

By the second day of sanding, my hands were going numb from the vibration of the sander – Mercy!

Here is the dresser fully sanded:

In the end it will be worth it…DH is not convinced…he is most decidedly dubious, but I said “Just you wait and see – it will look great”.  (hopefully, we will get better pictures)  Next up:  The Stain – which is low VOC (volatile organic compounds /ordorless) and a new look…….

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