Remember way back in week one of my blog (which is now a whole three weeks old!) when I posted a picture of a dresser my husband brought home from his mother's house? Well, I finally finished giving it a little makeover to better fit in with the style of our house. Here are the before and after pictures.
Before: it had one mismatched knob and needed to be painted or restained
After: a little bit darker stain and new knobs! It's still has a slightly shiny finish although it's hard to tell from my poor photography skills. I like a dark piece of furniture against light walls and in a mostly neutral room. It seems to ground things.
I know the proper thing to do is to strip the piece, sand, apply stain, sand, re-apply stain, etc. I've always been one to take the easy way out when it comes to projects like this. If I had stripped, sanded, etc,. I would have taken away all of the character and I want to keep the character. So, I just applied a coat of stain right over it. The only prep was to wipe it down with a damp cloth to clean it.
The knobs are mercury glass knobs from Anthropologie.Total cost: $48. for the knobs. I already had the stain from another project and the dresser was free.