Oak dresser from the screened in porch a complete before and after!

Sep 21 2015
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This to me is my very best before and after when it comes to a save I made from the farm house. I would give anything to go back and get a good before picture of this beast. Why don’t I have one you ask? Because I’m a bull and I couldn’t wait to strip it so I just threw myself into the job the first chance I got and boom I had forgotten to take a before. Seriously, the before picture should have been taken even before we cleared out the screened in porch because this beast was not even recognizable as a piece of furniture at that point.

As just a reminder, here is the before and after of what the screened in porch looked like! Right there on the left (not far from that creepy old chair) was where this oak dresser resided for DECADES.

Before and After gallery of the office in our 100 year old farm house @GrandmasHousDIY

No one knows where this oak dresser came from, nor does anyone know exactly how long it sat out on the screened in porch. Both my mother and aunt would agree that it had been there for as long as they could remember. There is a rather good chance that this oak dresser may have even been in the house when my Grandparents moved in in the ’50s. We just don’t know.

What I do know is that before it was moved to the screened in porch to experience all of the degrees of Minnesota weather, it had been painted white and a mirror (not its mirror) had been added to the back of it. (Check out the jewelry hanger I made out of that old mirror’s frame!) It may have had its own mirror once I only know that the mirror that had been added had fallen off at some point and was sitting behind it. The entire thing was so utterly covered in dirt that no one wanted to even touch it.

This is the kind of filth that’s hard to explain, dirt that is so old and so dense its like skin. But, I thought, what the hell, what have I got to lose? It wasn’t terribly heavy and, amazingly, the drawers worked and it seemed sturdy. So, I took it home to see what I could do.

Before and after of an oak dresser @GrandmasHousDIY

I started out by hosing this puppy off as I had no intention of touching that second skin of filth any more then I needed to. I mean, seriously, I don’t mind getting dirty but this thing was FILTHY. Underneath the paint was what someone who likes shabby chic would probably have paid a fortune to achieve. It was utterly cracked, jagged, rather amazing actually. (This is when I should have taken the before picture.) It came off in one quick stripping and became what you see in the before picture. Underneath revealed solid oak.

Before and after of an oak dresser @GrandmasHousDIY

With a couple of passes with my sander it looked brand new. I consider this old beast my greatest save/transformation but, amazingly, it was also one of my easiest. It had seen so much weather that it sanded up really quickly and took stain in text book style. At first I had planned this for the third bathroom vanity in the house but it became so dear to my heart that I decided to keep it as a dresser in Dakota’s bedroom. I used this red oak stain by minwax and two coats of minwax polycrylic. The hardware is off of amazon and its an absolutely awesome deal click here to check it out. The knobs are heavy, really high quality and so little in cost compared to other hardware that I’ve seen that you’ll be seeing these pretty little knobs on just about everything in my house! We love how this oak dresser turned out!

Before and after of an oak dresser @GrandmasHousDIYBefore and after of an antique ancient oak dresser that I found out on my grandma's screened in porch refinished with red oak stain by minwax sanded sand diy do it yourself wood working

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Shellie
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Wow, what a transformation! Thanks for adding your flair to the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop! This post has been pinned to our group board.

Shellie
http://www.thefabjourney.com

Leigh
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Marvelous! With the current trend to paint furniture I feared that was what I’d find here, but I’m so glad to see the beautiful finish! It’s just lovely.
Blessings, Leigh

Pili
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Wood beauty at its best!! Love how you upcycle that gorgeous dresser!
Thank for sharing with us at #2usestuesday

Ann Marie at Iris Abbey
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This is gorgeous. I appreciate your courage in tackling such an icky job but you reign supreme. You did a terrific job. I saw your link at the Vintage Charm party.

Terry
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What a big undertaking! It turned out lovely! Your hard work really paid off! If you are interested in joining in one more party each week I host Making Broken Beautiful every Thursday thru Sunday and would be happy to host you. You do lovely work! I hope you have a great week!
Smiles!
Terry
http://thecuratorscollection.wordpress.com
Making Broken Beautiful

Diana
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Oh my, Tarah–what an INCREDIBLE transformation! You sure are working your way through your grandmas’ treasures. You did a terrific job transforming this piece. I’m sure it has real pride of place in your home. Thanks so much for sharing it with us all at Vintage Charm 🙂

Lucinda Roush
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Your painstaking work on the dresser paid off. Well done!

Susie From The Chelsea Project
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Nothing is more beautiful than restored wood. This chest proves it. Lovely job!! Thanks so much for linking to Friday’s Furniture Fix. We love having you!!

Debrashoppeno5
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What a beautiful job. I love painted furniture but this piece is not meant for that. It looks lovely.

Monique
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Visiting from Lost and Found Decor and saw this AMAZING transformation! I’m not sure I would have seen the beauty in this dresser.

Beautifully done!

Christine at Must Love Home
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Wow, the transformation is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing at Friday Favorites! I hope that you will join us again this week! Christine – Must Love Home

Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom
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Gorgeous!! Your work and vision TOTALLY paid off. Nicely done! 🙂

Found you via Sweet Inspirations!

Keri
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What an amazing transformation!!! I love that you uncovered the beauty of this dresser and was able to restore it to its wonderful self!! You truly got a treasure in this dresser. Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

Angela
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I really love this dresser! Thanks for sharing at Meet up Mondays.

Dianne
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I love the transformation. I never paint good old oak furniture and I was a little scared to see if you had done that. Great job on bringing this piece back to life!

Mandy @ FromSplinterToSplendid
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Thank goodness you didn’t paint it. It came out too beautiful to cover with paint. Great Job!

Maxine
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Hi Tarah,

thanks so much for sharing your lovely chest of drawers on Wonderful Wednesday’s Link Party this week. I will be sharing it on next week’s link party as a feature!!
Just beautiful….great job!

Maxine @studiopaintdesign.com

Evija
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Amazing transformation!! So happy you restored this piece to its former glory! Thank you for linking up to #OMHGWW and so glad to have you as my feature this week! Pop by and grab your button! 🙂 http://fromevijawithlove.com/2016/05/17/wonderful-wednesday-link-party-3-may/

indah savitri
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You have done such a great job indeed. The dresser is so beautiful. Classic, yet elegant. Thanks for joinin us on #OMHGWW 🙂

Kim Six
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What a beautiful end result! Thanks for sharing at You’re Gonna Love it!

Helen Fern
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Nice job!! Thanks for sharing at the DIY party on Pleasures of the NW

Kathryn Griffin
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What a great makeover! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Her is the link to this week’s bash. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2016/05/make-pretty-monday-week-178.html Hope you have a lovely week!! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Elsie Pop
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What a bonus to find that amazing dresser underneath all the filth! It’s gorgeous! xx

Nikki Gwin
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I bet all that lovely dirt protected it! 🙂 gwingal

Cathy Lawdanski
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My goodness – what a transformation!!!! Looks great and you know it will last forever! It already has!

Michelle
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Wonderful job. You have knack for these DIY projects.

Edye
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The dresser looks brand new! You did an awesome job 🙂

Blessings,
Edye

Rhonda Gales
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What an amazing transformation. I love renewing old things. Please join us on Sunday’s Best Linkup, I would love for you to share your posts.

Carol@blueskykitchen
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Tarah, your dresser transformation is beautiful. What’s a little dirt to a girl with a hose, a sander and some mini wax ? How special to have this piece in your home. Thank you for sharing at Your Inspired Design Link Party.

Holly McCall {McCall Manor}
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This dresser is absolutely gorgeous1 And now it can be used for generations to come! Great job!

Beverly
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Wow, what a transformation. I love the finished product. We don’t always need to paint furniture and it is true in this case.
Bev

Teri@The Freshman Cook
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It is absolutely gorgeous! I am so glad you stained it! You did a beautiful job! Stopping by after seeing your post on “Tutorial Tuesday”! Thanks!

Jess
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Wow! This turned out so pretty! 🙂

I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for Recipes and Crafts: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Ashleigh
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Great rehab on a classic piece! They just don’t make them like that anymore. Good stuff!
Also, I’ve chosen to feature this post on the next Peace, love, link up! Thanks for linking with us! Be sure to grab a button and check out the post which goes live tomorrow at 6! : )

Laura Montgomery
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Looks great!

Amy
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I think it’s either a generational or a midwest thing to have dressers and old furniture on the porch. One sat on my grandparents back porch right next to the chest freezer for years to store my grandma’s canning supplies.
You did a wonderful job at restoring this treasure!
Thank you so much for sharing it at the Monday Mish Mash Link Party!!
*Hugs*

Frugal Hausfrau
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Boy that is a treasure you’ve uncovered!! Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!

Mollie

Carol L Cook
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What a great transformation.

Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Sherry
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That looks amazing! Well done! I would take an old all wood piece of furniture any day over the things that are now not made of wood. Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

Elaine Matthews
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That looks amazing!! Great DIY and before and after…lol!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you again tomorrow! Pinned!

Gabrielle Tyler
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Thanks for sharing! I love a good “before and after”!

Carla a.k.a Mrs. R
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Tarahlynn, this is such a beautiful piece. You did such a great job saving it! They just don’t make furniture like they use to so when you can bring a piece back to life it begins to hold a special value. You have inspired me so much that I’ve been plundering the local thrift stores in search of something to repurpose as a TV stand as well as something I can repurpose as a unique bathroom cabinet for our bathroom remodel. Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration with us at #SimplifyWednesdays !

Lisa Ehrman
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Oh, I love taking it back to the dark oak color! I really don’t like to see solid oak painted white. This is beautiful 🙂 Thanks for sharing your post with us at Together on Tuesdays!!!

Mother of 3
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Just lovely! What a wonderful transformation.

Nancy Andres
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Seems like they don’t make furniture this strudy any more do they? What a gorgeous transformation. So amazing I pinned it. Stopped by from Share the Wealth, where my post, Tomato Sauce with a Secret Source of Veg Protein appears. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Nancy Andres @ http://www.nancyandreswriter.com

Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
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Beautiful! It almost looks like a brand new piece of furniture! What a transformation!

Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

Wishing you a lovely week.
xoxo

Beverly
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This is absolutely gorgeous now! It looks elegant. What a terrific transformation! Pinning. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday.

samantha
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Amazing transformation! I can’t believe the end result. Thanks for joining the Family Joy Link Party!

Ashley Tukiainen
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such a gorgeous piece!!! Thanks for sharing at #FTAF

Sandi
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What a beautiful piece! You did a fabulous job. Thanks for sharing with us.

Blessings,
Sandi

Iris Nacole

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