Image: The Container Store
These containers are wonderful for items that aren't needed frequently. However, during the winter months, my nicely organized box became increasingly messy and ended up in a state of disarray.
I have been looking for a while for a piece of furniture for my entry way to store my winter accessories in a way that would make them easily accessible. After not finding anything to my liking I decided to go a different route. A few weeks ago I purchased this dresser from Craig's List for $35.
It clearly needed some work, but had a nice shape to it and was the right size for my entry way. I stripped the paint off of the top using Citristrip. It works well and has a pleasant citrus odor.
Then I sanded like crazy to get a nice smooth finish.
Initially, I tried to stain the top. But unfortunately, there was a spot in the top right corner that wouldn't cooperate.
So after another light sanding, I painted the top to match the rest of it. I also filled the holes from the original hardware and used pretty Victorian glass knobs instead.
I love my new dresser! It's so pretty and functional. It was quite satisfying to transform this ugly duckling into a beautiful piece for my home. I am now on the hunt for a nice mirror to hang on the wall. I am even hoping to find something that is in need of a little TLC from me!