How to Put a Dresser Back Together

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I was so fortunate to have scored this French Provincial chest of drawers for absolutely free!

french provincial dresser before

Isn't she lovely? :)

When we first picked it up from its previous owner, she mentioned that a few of the joints and junctures were loose. That turned out to be just a slight understatement. As it turns out, the top half was detached from the lower half in many places, and even carrying it out to the truck was pretty precarious.

As one who rarely backs down from a challenge, I insisted that we take it and do our best to restore it. Eric felt differently about it and thought we might be getting in over our heads, but he was gracious enough to indulge me :)

It sat in our basement for a while until we received a request for it to be customized for a little girl's room. All went smoothly as we were carrying it upstairs, until...we heard a loud crack. It had literally split in two.

broken french provincial dresser

Yup, that happened.

Instead of focusing our energy on re-assembling it right away, we decided to prep it while it was still in two. After all, it was much easier to carry that way! Our client requested that we use chalk paint, but I went ahead and sanded it anyway - not to get down to the wood, but just to give us a nice, even surface to work with.

sanding french provincial dresser drawers

Then, it was time to tackle the hard part. The first weapon of choice in our arsenal: good ol' Gorilla Glue. We've used it in the past on smaller projects with great results, so we decided to really put it to the test :)

Gorilla glue

At about this point, there should be a picture of our upside down sanded dresser, minus drawers, glued together and weighed down with the heaviest household objects we could find. But we did this step indoors at night, and were pretty exhausted from a very long day, so I'm afraid you'll have to use your imagination.

Here is a picture of our sweet Kylie to fill the space :)


The next morning, we were super happy to find that the glue did, indeed, hold it together. To give some extra stability, we added our second weapon of choice, some L-brackets.

Did I mention the lower half was also missing its back? No worries though - it was an easy fix with a piece of hardboard and some nails.

hands hammering

After painting, the last step was to give the hardware a good cleaning. The client's color scheme of choice was white with gold accents, so I was really glad the pulls only needed a tiny spritz of gold spray paint to brighten them up a bit once they were clean.

French provincial drawer handles before and after cleaning

Here's the finished product!


french provincial dresser close up

I have to say, I'm pretty proud of us for pulling this one off. And to top it off, the little girl for whom it was intended said (and I quote), "I love it!" when we delivered it to her house. I have a feeling that after this, most other projects will feel like a piece of cake :)


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34 comments:

  1. That looks really pretty. I have one downstairs I should do this to. Maybe someday lol. I love Kylie! So cute!

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    1. Thanks Jody! Let me know if you do decide to tackle it :) Is your broken in half, too?

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  2. I love seeing posts like this. I've got several pieces of furniture that I would like to refinish. Love the way you spruced up the hardware!

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    1. Thank you so much! If you need any tips, just let me know!

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  3. These kind of posts are my things. I love seeing some thing very creative like these. Thanks for a nice share. Projects like these are very helpful. Thanks

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    1. I'm so glad you found it helpful! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. You did a awesome job. I love your puppy!

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  5. Great work! It turned out beautiful! I'm in the middle of refnishing our 1970s nightstands we inherited from my parents. I'm beginning to rethink my plans since it has taken forever!

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    1. Thanks Natalie! I'd love to see them when they're done! Let me know if you need any help :)

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  6. That is stunning! I always keep my eye out for hidden treasures at tag sales.

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    1. Thanks Stacy! I do too...it's amazing how many diamonds in the rough there are out there!

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  7. Beautiful dresser!! Love this!!! Xo MK

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  8. Amazing job!
    Thank you for sharing at Trash to Treasure Tuesday! It turned out beautiful.

    Robin

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    1. Thanks Robin! I always love visiting your parties - you are such a gracious host :)

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  9. Those are really great tips but I think I will just call my husband LOL

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    1. Lol..that works too :) It's definitely a lot of work! Thanks for coming by!

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  10. Thanks for the Gorilla Glue tip and the L brackets. The result was gorgeous!
    My husband has been working on painting and fixing chips in a dresser we got off Craigslist.
    Thanks for joining us at the Retro Re-Pin Party.

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    1. Thank you Julie! I hope all goes well with your husband's project! Let me know if he needs any tips! Always a pleasure to join the party :)

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  11. What would we do without Gorilla Glue?? This piece turned out fantastic!

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    1. I know, right? That stuff is awesome :) Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  12. Nice job! It looks beautiful! I love a good French Provincial dresser, and this one is just lovely.

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    1. Thank you Christie! French Provincial is one of my all-time favorite styles of furniture!

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  13. Wow! You did an amazing job on this one!!!

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  14. Looks lovely! You did a great job--and congrats for getting it back together in grand style!

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    1. Thanks so much, Richella! I'm so glad you came by :)

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  15. Nice job you two!! Did you touch up the gold accenting as well or did it just clean up?

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    1. Thanks Beth! We gave the hardware just a touch of gold spray paint. The trim on the dresser was originally green, so that was completely repainted in gold too :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Great job! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at The Round-Up from the Before & After Wed party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to the features. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2014/11/the-round-up-from-before-after-wednesday.html I hope to see you later tonight for the Before & After party. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  17. Hi, you've been featured at Turn It Up Tuesday, congrats! Pinned your photo :) Damjana

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