The Dresser That Almost Wasn’t….

The dresser that almost killed me- goodwill dresser redo from TMTOMH Too Much Time on My Hands 7 copy

Oh this dresser....

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I had such big dreams and thought it would be such an easy easy redo. Well, I am here to tell you IT WAS NOT. AND it is still not perfect, but I just give up!

My dreams were to take off the doors and have the drawers displayed and add baskets to that empty drawer spot.

The dresser that almost killed me- goodwill dresser redo from TMTOMH Too Much Time on My Hands 3 copy

It is solid and I thought it was a great investment for $13. So I hauled it into my back yard and took off the doors and hinges and left them out there for the kids to play with and bang into, etc. I sanded it all and cleaned it. Then painted it with 2 coats of an eggshell black. I was ready to go, or so I thought.

The dresser that almost killed me- goodwill dresser redo from TMTOMH Too Much Time on My Hands 4 copy

I quickly realized the drawers were tiny and you can see all of the clothing. It was not really nice looking and I realized I needed to use those doors. Outside I ran, hoping the kids hadn't destroyed them yet. Thankfully, the doors were in ok shape. The hinges were questionable. I installed them and realized one was bent and had to remove them if the doors were going to work.

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First of all, I went to Home Depot without measuring the hinges. I knew I needed 5 inch pulls-which are few and far between. But I had no idea of the hinge options out there. I purchased ones that were about the same size and thought I was ready to go. Well, I came home and installed them and realized the doors were not going to fit on correctly. I removed the hinges and went back to the store. I bought new hinges and installed them incorrectly and had the doors upside down. SERIOUSLY. This whole experience  was getting tiring. It was so drawn out and taking forever because I was scared of bending another hinge and needed my husband to be there holding the doors for every installation.

So, I finally found the correct hinges-well kind of. They were still too small and the doors don't quite meet in the middle, but I GIVE UP! It looks good enough and looks fine for our bedroom.

The dresser that almost killed me- goodwill dresser redo from TMTOMH Too Much Time on My Hands 7 copy

And from other angles, you can't even tell! Thank goodness because I almost gave up on this one 3 times.

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And the pulls I bought....they don't really fit either. They came with two different screws. One was too long and one was too short. Well guess what? I was not going back to HD so the too long ones went on and they look OK. They are loose and it's not ideal, but it works. Have I mentioned, I am not a perfectionist?

The dresser that almost killed me- goodwill dresser redo from TMTOMH Too Much Time on My Hands 6 copy

I love how it looks though. It's tons more storage for my husband and matches our room-unlike what has been in there for 2 years.

The dresser that almost killed me- goodwill dresser redo from TMTOMH Too Much Time on My Hands 1 copy

Have you had projects that were destined for imperfection? At what point do you throw in the towel?

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Comments

  1. Sounds like some of my projects! Although, your finished product is gorgeous and if you hadn’t pointed out that the doors don’t meet, I’ll bet I would have never noticed! Good going, girl!! Dona

  2. Looks amazing! Even with all the trips to HD, and the trials and errors you now have memories every time you look at it!

  3. Hi,

    For the too long screws, you can get replacement screws that you break off to the length you need, or you can simply add some washers to fill in the gap.

  4. I love the color you chose, it really changes up the piece!!!

  5. I had to flip back and forth between the before and after pics because I couldn’t believe it was the same dresser. It looks great – you are so creative!

  6. Ok, I LOVE this color of blue!!! great job!

  7. I think it looks great, sometimes projects are like that… not perfect and a pain in the A!!

    Tania

    • Yes- a big pain and will never be perfect-but it is totally fine for our bedroom! It would bother me more if it were in a common area where guests were seeing it all time. But this is fine. Honestly, I do not even have the energy to try and make it perfect anyway!

  8. I love how it turned out. Beautiful color, I love the wood top with the eggshell black. Most people won’t even notice the imperfections like you do yourself. I have a couple pieces in the garage that I need to finish. But I get frustrated when it’s not doing what I want, then I stop and let it sit awhile before I go and tackle it again.

    • Linda, that’s exactly what happened with this piece. I would be so frustrated-mostly with myself- and just ignore it for a few weeks;)

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