Shortly after I started refinishing my dresser, I was going through the pictures on my phone, and I couldn’t believe that my dresser used to be painted! Despite the fact that I had lived with it painted for almost three years, I was already so used to seeing it without the paint.
But now it’s all wood and shiny and beautiful!
The light-colored wood has this really great grain to it, which almost seems like a tiger eye.
I don’t think I would’ve bought this dresser a few years ago if it looked like this, but I’m so glad I did! It’s truly a one-of-a-kind piece, and I’m so proud of myself for taking the time and energy to restore it to its former glory.
Also, there were some letters engraved into the hardware.
A quick google searched turned up quite a few results! Turns out those letters (G343 KBC) is from Keeler Brass Co. I found their catalog via the Smithsonian Museum archives which has this hardware on page 62. I messaged the company to ask when they manufactured this style, to get a better idea of the age of the dresser, but they never responded.
Here are all the posts in the dresser refinishing saga if you wanted to relive the process step by step:
Short, Dark, and Handsome
Nice Legs! Show Me Your Drawers
All Oiled Up
Wax On Wax Off
All that Glitters is Gold
Onto the next project!
Since the wood of the dresser is all cleaned up, it was time to move onto the hardware.
I grabbed a can of Bar Keepers Friend to scrub the tarnish off them.
It took a bit to get into a groove of cleaning them. I found that wetting the hardware first, then sprinkling some of the powder on it and letting it sit for a minute, before scrubbing with a toothbrush worked best.
They’re so shiny now!
I got a little tired of scrubbing endlessly, and I liked a little bit of the tarnish on them, since it reflects where they came from. Now onto the dresser they go!
I was relaxing in bed on Saturday morning, when I heard a crash outside my window. I looked over and didn’t see anything amiss, so I chalked it up to someone outside making noise. A few hours later I got up to get more water, and glanced out the kitchen window.
“Wow, I can’t even see the screen,” I remarked to myself. A second later I did a double take and realized the screen was missing! I closed the window since it’s November, and I don’t need the window open anyway.
I walked out the basement in search of the screen, and found it on the ground a few stories below the kitchen window. I picked it up and it was bent.
The super was outside as well, and he suggested putting some screws to prevent it from falling out. Of course, he meant a new one, because this one is broken. I guess add a new screen to the list for next year!
After I had the dresser all oiled up, it was time to apply the wax. It was quite easy: apply to the wood with a rag, let sit for 30 minutes (or an hour), and then wipe off with a clean rag.
I ended up doing this twice to get the level of wax and sheen I wanted.
It’s hard to tell from the pictures how beautiful the wood is!
Now all that’s left is to restore the drawer pulls, and then I can put my clothes back in!
One of the great things about NYC is the variety of events. Yesterday, I attended an event at Pokee where we got to decorate a pumpkin, and then eat poke out of another one. Sorry, I was too busy eating to grab a picture of it…and I may or may not have eaten three servings…
It had been years since I decorated a pumpkin, so I was struggling for inspiration. Luckily, the restaurant was decorated with a Hawaiian theme–fitting given that poke comes from the Hawaiian islands. I googled the first thing that comes to mind when I think Hawaii: the hibiscus flower.
I used the hibiscus picture meant as a stencil for carving to draw onto my pumpkin.
It turned out pretty well! Now it has me dreaming of warmer–and drier–weather.