6.10.2009

Got a Question About Furniture Refinishing?

Oh, you girls are good for my ego! I am writing from a hotel room in Casper, Wyoming, after our first full day in the car. My kids are asleep just a few feet from me, my hubby is reading a magazine, and I was just browsing the comments about my dresser renovation and giving myself a big old head!

Just wanted to answer a few questions about the renovation, and also promise that I will definitely give a tutorial on refinishing furniture when I get back at the end of next week. Sorry to make you wait so long! I'll be at my sister-in-law's wedding this weekend and then we're tooling around Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons until next Wednesday!

OK, so the breakdown on costs for the dresser goes like this: $100 for the dresser itself, about $50 for supplies and $200 for the granite. That was a little more than I expected for the granite, but they did custom cut it, and rounded the edges like I asked them to. We went to a granite wholesale place that just had a "graveyard" of pieces left over from other, bigger jobs (like entire kitchens). And I do absolutely LOVE how it finishes the look of the dresser!

So here's what I propose: while I am gone, if you have any questions about refinishing furniture, leave them in the comments section of this post, and when I get back to write my little tutorial, I will try and address everything! I am completely self-taught, so I will preface this whole thing by saying that you get what you pay for! :)

OK, now I really am signing off. Thanks so much for all your sweet comments!


28 comments:

Courtney said...

Have fun on your trip!

AJ said...

Enjoy your trip and take lots of pics! You know we want to see them:)

Amber said...

Look forward to reading your hints in your next post! Maybe I can learn a new trick or two. :) Have a great trip!

its so very cheri said...

Love the dresser re-do. You did a great job. I love DIY projects as well. I just found your blog and added it to my favorites. I just wanted you to know I have a GIVE AWAY that ends today. Have a great time at the wedding and vacationing.
Cheri
www.itssoverycheri.blogspot.com

Queenmothermamaw said...

Enjoy and be safe.
QMM

New England Girl said...

Have fun! I hope the wedding is spectacular and that you have a wonderful time in the parks! They're sooo beautiful. :)

Alicia

Joanna said...

Have fun!

Angie said...

Have fun on your vacay!! My Dad has a ranch in Guernsey, WY we visited last summer it is beautiful in Wyoming!! Have a great trip :)

Angie said...

Have fun on your vacay!! My Dad has a ranch in Guernsey, WY we visited last summer it is beautiful in Wyoming!! Have a great trip :)

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Have fun-I will be reading this summer on the how to-

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Have fun-I will be reading this summer on the how to-

jewelryandgiftsbyrebecca said...

That dresser looks GREAT! How long did it take you? I have 3 little people and have no idea how I'm going to get to the hope chest in my garage. I'd like to turn it into a seat for their play room.

Jessica said...

Have fun on vacation!!!

Michele said...

Hi Carrie ~ I found your blog...but can't remember how! But I love it. I have spent about an hour now going through and reading and looking at all your craft ideas! You're such an inspiration...and I want to try so many of them!

I'm adding you to my favorites so I can visit often if that's okay!

Have fun on your vacation!
Hugz,
Michele

Alex said...

If you've never been to Casper, you must try out Eggingtons restaurant. It is probably the best restaurant in the whole town. Not too expensive either.

Jboo said...

Hey there -I'm thinking of painting a piece of furniture and I want it to look a bit weathered (I think). If you already have a post on painting wood furniture, let me know. Have fun!

Janet

Marla said...

I have an older sideboard. it is stained, but a little beat up. I would love to paint it black. I don't even know where to begin...this will be my first attempt! help...

Miss E said...

I have an old dresser that I found at a garage sale sitting in my garage (ha!). I would love to sand and lacquer it and make it look very retro chic (like a hot pink or turquoise). Any hints, tips, suggestions? I don't even know where to start!

Have fun on your vacation!

Life with Kaishon said...

I hope you have the best time : ). I am going to go look at your dresser and be astounded! You are so amazing.

JE Melton said...

Have a great trip! I'll start with two questions (I'm a question as I go learner, so there will be many more, I'm sure!): First, how did you strip the old finish off of your dresser? A liquid stripping agent? Sand paper? Second, did you do anything to make your dresser more sturdy, and if so, what? I'm a little concerned that, given the age of mine, it may not be up to par (sticky drawers, loose joints, etc.) Thanks so much!! JE

Happiness Is... said...

Have fun at the wedding! I left you a present on my blog!

SoBella Creations said...

I hope your having a wonderful vacation!

Anonymous said...

Love your dresser! I have an old oak dresser with paint on it that I want to remove. What's the best way--chemicals or sanding? Also one of the drawers is in pieces and I need to fix that. Looking forward to your tips and tricks. Have fun in Yellowstone. We visited there 2 years ago and it was awesome.

Amy

Our Complete Family said...

Have fun on your trip Carrie!
Can't wait to hear about it and see pics when you get back!
Safe traveling hugs~ Les

New England Girl said...

2nd comment on here... oops. :)

Hope you're enjoying your vacation. I left you an award over at my blog. Hope you enjoy that too!

Alicia

emily said...

Wow! You are really generous to do the tutorials! I think those are so hard to do-my least favorite type of post to write but a favorite to read :)

Love the dresser.

And Miss Queen Bee...I have a favor when you get the chance. Could you please oh pretty please change the link on your sidebar to reflect my new blog address? www.chattingatthesky.com?

I am trying to round up the last few who have yet to change. I know it isn't a top thing on the 'ole priority list. Thanks so much! You are fabulous.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

The dresser came out GORGEOUS!

We vhope to drive up from Denver through Wyoming this summer seeing all the sights, so I'll be thrilled to read about how your vacation was!

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