The Dresser from Ave D: Trash to Treasure


This project has been one of the most infuriating projects I’ve done in a long time.

Our small town did a city-wide clean up a few months ago.  If you had something you didn’t want you could put it out on the side of the road and the city would come buy and get it.  That’s how I found this dresser.  I knew it was happening so I went looking for some new projects.  When I came upon what I dub the “Dresser from Ave D” it was stained, colored on, spilled on, etc.  A few drawers were missing, as was most of the hardware.  I thought it would be cheap and easy to “flip” this into an entertainment center and sell it for profit.

Cheap and easy didn’t happen.   With time, materials, and profit I would have to sell this dresser for over $700 based on my pricing formula (which is very fair IMO).  I’m listing it at $500,  That has me making less that I would like but at least I’m breaking even on materials and labor.

It turned out great.  If we had room in our living room it would be our new entertainment center (that comes from my wife).  The wood is finished  with gel-stain, then sealed with wipe-on poly.  I used an off-white/cream paint that my wife picked out.  I then waxed the entire thing.


Repairing and Refinishing the Oak Entry Bench

Slide2I love how this project turned out.  Apparently so did others because it sold very quickly, and several people contacted me about it.  When I got it the mirror was long gone, and the seat was broken.  The original finish was in good shape  I probably could have just found a mirror and fixed the seat and been done with it in a day.  But to me, it was worth all the work of stripping, sanding, and refinishing.  IMG_20140311_123812_438

For this project I used. Cirtri-strip (it’s junk, seriously don’t buy it).  Minwax Hickory Gel-Stain, and Minwax Wipe-on Polyurethane.  I also used a “titainium” leafing to turn the gold hardware to a deep brushed silver.

I’ve put together a video that I posted on my Youtube Channel.  Enjoy.




Oak Entry Bench – For Sale (Locally)


For those near Winkler County Texas, I have a Solid Oak Entry Bench for sale.  This is a beautiful piece of furniture finished in a dark stain, protected with a satin polyurethane finish, and with brushed silver hardware.  It features a mirror and storage chest and will look great in your home.

I’ll deliver to the Midland/Odessa area, but will not ship to other areas due to the logistics and the cost of freight on such a large piece.

My Listing Price is $280.00


Putting an Antique Finish on an Old Mirror

Over the weekend my wife and I took an old wood framed mirror and did an aged chalk paint finish.  This mirror is part of an old dresser that was in our house when we moved in.  We re-purposed the dresser for our car-port entry way with one of the two mirrors on the wall.  The other mirror sat in our store-room for over a year.  After we redid our bathroom and the drywall in the hallway we decided to put an antique finish on the extra mirror using chalk paint. Below is the video of how we did it.