One More Roadside Rescue

Gail Salminen
by Gail Salminen
As most of you know, roadside rescues are my favourite projects. Driving down the road one day, I spotted this dresser being discarded. Hubby was golfing so if I wanted it I had to act on my own. A lovely neighbourhood lady stopped to help me get it into the back of my car, thank goodness or I may not have been successful.
Brought it home to the garage and noticed some of the damage and started planning how to fix it, wood filler was not likely an option :)
My daughter wanted a dresser with the bottom portion repurposed for her cat's bed, so it began.
It was a fun and easy project. I didn't take a pic of the fence boards that were used for the floor of this cat den - will try to do that soon.
Almost forgot to do before pics. This is what I started with.
As you can see there was significant damage to the veneer at the bottom - went about 3 inches up the sides.
Top of the dresser was in good shape and was ok to sand down and apply a stain.
View of the top during the sanding process.
Finished product. Pic turned out dark - cloudy day, will try to get to daughter's to take a better pic.
Better pic of the finish. I used minwax red sedona stain with several coats of polyurethane.
Side view of the molding added to cover the damaged area. Chose a molding that blended with the curves on the front.
Another pic of the molding.
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  • Pat24257352 Pat24257352 on May 26, 2017
    Also is that a black stain you used or black paint? If so what brand?

  • Trina Davis Strong Trina Davis Strong on Jun 29, 2019

    How did you fill the missing veneer? I would fill with wood filler after sanding but wondered if that's what you did?

  • Sharon Tamburello Sharon Tamburello on Jan 07, 2020

    Love the colors

    Were you able to re-purpose the bottom for the cat bed or did I somehow miss that photo?

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