My parents had this tall boy sitting around in their place of work without an owner to claim it, so knowing their daughter has a bit of the Furniture Hoarding Syndrome, asked me if I wanted it… I didn’t even know what it looked like, but a resounding yes was what they got! (Free?? Fo’ sure!)
My parents, not yet knowing the transformational power of paint, encouraged me to leave it as-is, saying it looked very nice and didn’t need any improvements. Apparently my parents love orange-y wood, but that’s another story.
After letting it sit around for a couple of weeks while I walked around it many times wondering what to do with it, I eventually decided I would create my own makeshift campaign tall boy dresser.
I researched online and found campaign hardware to be quite expensive, so with a trip down to Lee Valley (where I got my hardware for my Ikea RAST makeover), I managed to find some recessed handles for about $16 per piece (for ‘D’, the large polished brass one).
I also saw these campaign chest flush handles that were priced from $40 – $57 per piece!! (i barfed a little when I saw that).
When I asked the sales associate how to attach recessed/flush hardware to furniture (laminate or solid wood), he said you would need a sharp chisel to cut out the part where the hardware would need to fit.
It has the same look (a thicker though), but requires no chiseling (or stabbing of limbs). It’s also priced at $6.50 apiece (a way better price point)!
After removing my dressers and hardware, I gave it two coats of Kilz Odourless primer (great for refinishing stuff indoors during the winter), and wanted to try using Martha Stewart’s paint test samples (they were on sale from $4.99 to $1!! I think the promotion is still on & you can score some at Home Depot if you get a move on!). I tried the ‘Sharkey Gray’.