We've been dresser-starved for many months now.
Matt's parents gave us a dresser years ago that had three columns of drawers and so we put all three children in them. (not actually the children, but their clothes;). Sophie was short-changed in the deal since she got the narrow drawers, so with Joshua's debut, we either needed more baskets to store stuff, or a new dresser, and move Wes' and Joshua's clothes together.
So I scoured ads, craigslist, and second hand stores.
Here were our options:
Real furniture store item = too pricey and sometimes not the best material throughout the piece.
Big Box dresser = pressed wood (and I'm tired of going that route).
Build our own = a real option, but we've got many other projects we're juggling.
Second-hand item = another real option, but once again, redoing the piece becomes a time issue and I haven't mastered the talent of seeing 'potential'. I get hung up on how an item looks in its current state.
Continuing with the dresser:).
One day I stopped at a second-hand furniture shop and saw a really ugly dresser. But somehow I saw its potential. It was well-built (a must for Mr. Matt) and had a price tag of $45. I asked the man if he'd take $40 and he said, "I still have to pay tax, you know." So I said, "okay, $42". and he said, "okay, $40". ??? "I was confused at his logic, but didn't question him, and paid him $40 smackeroos.
Here's our subject (with the drawers removed, but you can see them in the background)...
Wes was immediately in love. I told him in an excited voice, "Dad and I are going to sand it down and paint it black."
He promptly had a meltdown. He thought I'd bought him a Lightning McQueen dresser.
I was shocked. And I've found I often do this. I assume someone is on my same brain wavelength and are just as excited about something as I am. Then I thought to myself ... if I were a (then) 5-year old boy and my mom brought me home something that looked like the theme of a children's movie, I'd be pretty upset if she said we were going to ruin it by painting it black".I know this sounds horrible, but we did finally convince Wes that the decoration had to be removed, mainly because paint was chipping everywhere and the dresser was pretty banged up.
So Matt and I started to sand, strip paint, and sand some more. And after taking off three layers of red, blue and pink paint, this beautiful piece of furniture was revealed.
We decided to put the old drawer handles on it, just because, and yes, we painted it black. Whenever we ask for suggestions for colors, Kate always comes up with 'rainbow', so I think we'll stop asking, and they've pretty much accepted that I love black.
So there it is. Wes and Joshua's new clothing abode. And although this post makes it sound like I did a lot of work, it was really Matt who provided most of the elbow grease. I think he's growing tired of me bringing home 'my' projects that 'he' has to finish.