So I'm going to start off by saying I can't take credit for part of this project. Hot Toddy did good, all on his own! OK- I had some input so let's not act like he did it all by himself. But he definitely did all of the manual labor to it. ;) Should I stop calling him Hot Toddy and call him Boy With A Pink Toolbelt now? I mean, if he's going to start doing his own projects and all.....
A few weeks back, Todd decided that he wanted to switch around the closet that he's been using. I have two closets in my master bedroom- one that I re-did a few years back and one that I basically used to store all of the pillows and decor that I no longer use or haven't used yet. Since I don't have a lot of space for overflow- ie. a basement or extra closets for storage, I used this closet to hide all of the clutter. It was also where I stored all of my tools when I couldn't be bothered to bring them back downstairs to the garage after a project. Especially knowing that I would eventually need them again for another soon.
Last summer I cleaned out the closet since poor Todd was bringing everything back and forth in a backpack. It was sad. He needed somewhere to his hang shirts like a big boy and since I had a spare closet and all...... I ripped up the carpet, put down the same flooring that was in my closet and painted the same color as my closet. That's how it stayed. Two wire shelves. Nothing else since.
Well Todd got it in his head that he needed better shelves, better storage, better function. So out came the wire shelves and off to Menards we went. We picked up a couple of rods with some brackets and a white shelf to go on top.
Before- when we first started discussing the closet, I said that he needed some storage in there. I assumed we could get something low for the back part of the closet- either a low dresser with drawers or one of those cube things you can put the cloth bins in. I knew it was a random length and it would be difficult to fit exact to the width of that space. But having his t-shirts, socks and underwear stacked on those wire shelves was clearly not working.
Fast forward to putting up the new rods and shelf on the right side of the closet- it dawned on us that he could now get a tall dresser- which he'd have way more options with. So while he patched holes from the original shelves, I jumped on Craigslist to see what was out there. I found a few immediately that were all $50 or less but two were a little more feminine than he'd want. I showed him the one more manly and he liked it. I emailed the owner and within 10 minutes had a response back that it was still available. We jumped on it and headed to pick it up.
I told Todd on our way to get it- that he needed to make sure that #1 he liked it, #2 it wasn't a piece of shit and #3 it worked properly. All three checked the box after looking at it. And for $40???? Done. I mean, it's not a solid, hardwood, expensive dresser. But it's not a super cheap, particle board, fuax wood dresser either. It is made of wood- probably pine. It's not veneer over pressed wood- the drawers came out and the inside of the dresser is wood as well. It's just not top of the line quality. Again- it was $40. It worked. So we loaded it up and brought it home.
Here's a better picture of it in my garage. It's the exact color of wood that makes me cringe. That orange tone that goes with nothing and it DEFINITELY wasn't going to go in that closet looking like that- "Todd's closet" or not. HAH. But I kept my mouth shut. Well we cleaned it out and brought it upstairs to see how it looked in the space and it was perfect- color aside. Todd said he thought it would look better sanded and stained the dark walnut that I like (he's a smart man, have I told you all that lately?) or painted to match what the closet already looked like- so a white or dark brown.
The one thing that didn't work with this dresser was there were no knobs to make pulling the drawers out easy. We figured when we looked at it online that underneath each drawer probably had a groove you could fit your fingers under to pull. Nope- the drawers butted right up to the one above it. You couldn't fit a quarter in between them, never mind your finger tips. The groove was actually on the sides of the drawers- which neither he nor I was a fan of. So as we got it into the closet and fiddled around with it, it dawned on me that many many years ago, I bought these drawer pulls from Ikea! I had intended on using them when I bought a low dresser for my downstairs living room TV. I didn't use them for that. Then I planned on using them when I redesigned my closet for drawers I was going to build- which I never did either. So they've been underneath my dresser for a few years and eventually moved out to the upstairs living room hidden in the desk. Out of sight out of mind. But thank goodness I remembered! I ran out there and grabbed them and all but FORCED them on Todd. I'm pretty sure my voice was 6 octaves higher than normal and I was speed talking- "You like them, right? Oh my god, they'll look so good! You love them? Cuz I love them! You HAVE to use these- they'll look great on it!" I think I almost gave him a seizure. After my excitement went down a few levels, I told him he didn't have to use them if he didn't want to. It was HIS dresser, he could do what he wanted. Again, remember my earlier statement, he's a very SMART man.
We left it at that. I headed to Florida for two weeks and Todd said nothing about doing anything with this dresser. Until I got a text. "Guess what I'm doing?" Well I knew he wasn't on the beach like I was, so I asked WHAT? I got this.
And finally, this...
Someone was proud of himself. Someone busted his ass sanding that dresser down. That someone was definitely not me. I probably screeched 6 states away! It already looked so much better than it originally did. SO MUCH BETTER. But then he sent me this....
....and I was in heaven. Smart. Man. You can't go wrong with Dark Walnut stain, I tell ya. Obviously, this was a quick pass over the top but it already looked so good. I knew that it was going to look even better with the entire dresser stained. It didn't take him long to prove me right.
I mean, seriously though. Meant to be. Those pulls were totally meant for that dresser. They are big and pretty. I love them. He probably is OK with them. But enough so that he used them and that's all that matters to me! And it looks really good in the closet.
The other side- with the new shelves and rods.
As you can tell, he definitely doesn't have my sneaker fetish. SIX PAIRS OF SHOES? What? But at least now his skivies are put away and there are no longer any of those hideous wire shelves! YAY!
What a drastic different in the closet itself, but in the dresser. For $40, a can of stain I already had, and possibly $10 worth of clearance pulls from Ikea I already had, it looks amazing. I can't stress enough for those if you needing furniture. CRAIGSLIST. Even if you don't have the tool to sand it- you could go buy an orbital sander for less than $70 and it would STILL be cheaper than buying a brand new dresser. Honestly, you couldn't buy a WalMart Mainstays "put it together yourself" dresser for less than $100. And that shit ain't wood. Craigslist is the best for furniture. I have purchased so many pieces there in the last few years and I've not been disappointed once.