For a Good Cause

This is a story about a lonely dresser sitting on the side of the road.  Once upon a time it had a sign on it that read “FREE”, but the elements eventually took the sign away.  I drove past it for days, maybe even weeks, I can’t recall.  Every time I drove by it I thought “I need to get that dresser”, but either there was something else in the back of the car leaving no room for the poor thing, or I’d forget about it by the time I’d get home.

This is how she looked the day I finally pulled up, with purpose, to bring her home to our house:

She was tattered and worn, and in desperate need of some repair.

I gave the entire body, top to bottom, including the drawers, a very thorough sanding.

Since I didn’t want any more chipping or flaking of the veneer to occur, once it was sanded, I coated it with two coats of Rustoleum Spray Paint Primer in White.  I wanted to seal it really well.  I normally don’t use primer when I’m painting with Annie Sloan chalk paint, but this dresser certainly called for it.  I forgot to take a photo of this step.  Bad blogger am I!  And apparently Yoda I am.  (*smile*)

Once the primer was dry, I painted the entire dresser in Annie Sloan Old White.

Then we cleaned out the inside of the drawers really well, and lined them with pretty off white and green paper:

I normally use plain white paper when I line drawers, but this dresser is not for us and it’s not for sale!  Yes, you heard that right!  I decided to use the pretty drawer liner because this dresser is going to our local domestic abuse shelter that houses up to 25 families (that number makes me so very sad) at any given time and I wanted it to be pretty.

We also had to redo the very bottom supports of the dresser:

The supports had been through a lot while it was waiting for a new home, and the bottom had sustained some water damage.  For health reasons and structural integrity purposes, my hubby cut out the water damaged portion and built new legs and supports.  Now it’s safe and ready for use!

Here it is with its new paint job, feet, knobs and pulls:

The dresser looks to me like it’s smiling and ready to go to its new home.

With the shelter’s permission, I put a little message in the top right-hand corner of the dresser:

Along with this dresser, we’re also delivering a small blue and green table for the shelter’s playroom:

And a couple of wood chairs to use in bedrooms and randomly wherever they’re needed throughout the shelter:

I’m happy that I’ve established a relationship with the shelter and I’m hoping they’ll continue to think of B & B’s Nest in the future when they are in need of furniture.

I’m glad that this once discarded dresser will now, hopefully, help to make a displaced family feel a little more at ease in their temporary surroundings.  I’d call that a story with a very Happy Ending . . .

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  1. You are awesome! You’ve done an amazing job on that furniture and all with an abundance of love :)

  2. Because of your kindness,someone else’s life will be made easier during a difficult time. Because of your talents, it will be made more beautiful. Blessings to you and your husband for your wonderful spirits and kind hearts!

  3. Wow! Looks so amazing!
    STacey of Embracing Change

  4. What a great thing to do!! And it came out so cute as well :) I love the little message you painted on the dresser.

    Linda
    http://lasteve1.blogspot.com

  5. Aw Laura, I love how it turned out, but more than that I love your caring heart.
    Jan

  6. What a wonderful transformation and so sweet to give to others to use it.

  7. What a fabulous piece! I love all the work that went into it. I would love to have to share your talents at my VIP party today. http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/09/vip-party-26.html
    Have a great holiday weekend!

  8. I seriously had to go back up to the before picture after the reveal! It’s amazing! Most people wouldn’t be able to see the beauty in that piece, and look at it now. Well done! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Wonderful post…thanks for providing this inspiring message to begin our new week!

  10. The time, patience/persistence (getting it home) and love you and your husband put into this piece is amazing. All for a good cause. Inspirational!

    Bernadette

  11. Fantastic redo! And thank you for giving to help those with nothing, who are starting over in life. Your work is wonderful and the ladies deserve to know they are beautiful

  12. Super transformation of the dresser. Beautiful YOU for taking such care to transform it for a great cause.

  13. So incredibly sweet and I am sure they will be so loved!!

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