Hit the jackpot! I had been looking for a dresser for awhile now. Our tshirts, under garments, and socks have filled plastic containers and baskets on the floor for years. Another added reason was when we got Bear, he would like to follow us to the closet and grab a pair of sock and play as if it's a new toy. I had fallen in love with one from West Elm but $1000 was a hefty price for a dresser. Thought to myself, how can I recreate this at a fraction of the cost?!
Talked to my friend, Marie, she said she would keep an eye out on Craiglist and look at Estate Sales. The Estate Sale (Link to previous post here) that she had pointed me to had this mid-century dresser was in good condition. At the time, did not know what the price of it would be until we got there. It was a two day sale, we came on a Saturday and I honestly thought it would be sold already. I just wanted to see what the sale was all about. When we got there, the dresser was still there and was marked for $95, was trying to see if i could haggle to pay a little less. When we asked the lady, she said everything is 50% off since it's the last day. It was too good of a deal to give up! Talk about an impulse buy. After I paid, I thought, how to haul this dresser home?!
Took several tries to Home Depot and Lowes, then finally went with Penske. Rental truck company that you can rent by the hour. Times like these I wish I had a truck. It was definitely a day full of firsts: First time at an estate sale and driving a big truck.
First, used chalk and a ruler to measure out the distance of where the handles would be placed. Had some help from the boyfriend with the power drill on the first drawer then I managed the rest of the way.
Tested out the handles to make sure it was lined up correctly.
Home Depot has quite a few (many) types of "White" paint to choose from. Decided on the Behr "Polar Bear" (How fitting right?! hhaha) Definitely learn a few things about paint as well. How there are quite are different types of shine. Ended up picking the flat matte finish. Estimated that I wouldn't need a lot of paint and got a quart to start with.
Out with the brown and in with the white! I went with three coats of paint to ensure the brown was covered up.
The finished product! Lets see the savings breakdown:
- Mid-Century Dresser: $45
- Penske Truck Rental: $113.65 (Biggest splurge during this project due to not owning a truck!)
- Behr Polar Bear Paint (Quart size) and Paint Brush: $25.39
- Brushed Nickel Bar Handle Drawer Pull 10pk: $19.25 (*Got from Amazon, can be found here)
- Power Drill: Borrowed (*Thanks to Robert's Parents)
GRAND TOTAL: $203.29 (*Saved a difference of $796.10 if I had bought the West Elm Dresser! I'll take it!)