Our old TV stand got totally crushed in the move from California. Pretty much every piece of furniture got dinged up a little bit, but the TV stand was in pieces. Our usual furniture stores (Target, IKEA, etc) are over 1-2 hours away, so I decided to look for an old dresser to replace the TV stand. I tried craigslist, but since we live in the boonies everything I found on craigslist was over an hour away. Finally, after a month of looking, I found an old campaign dresser at a thrift store that was the perfect size for our living room! And it was even cheaper than the TV stands I was considering at Target or Ikea online. Basically, I was really excited about this find :) I even made Josh skip part of a BYU football game to pick it up from the store since I couldn't lift it. Husband of the year award for sure! Leaving a BYU game to pick a dresser from a thrift store. That is love.
Here it is in the store. I thought about buying the teddy bear to go with it, but the first rule to thrift store shopping is never buy stuffed animals.
It's a "Drexel Campaign Dresser" and it is really sturdy and seems to be in great shape. I actually didn't mind the wood color of the drawers and sides, but the top of the dresser had a really weird light wood veneer that I thought looked funny. So I decided to paint it.
I miss having a garage to do projects, but we just set up shop on the porch and got it done. Two coats of oil based primer, three coats of Benjamin Moore Advance enamel paint (which I loved working with!), and then two coats of polycrylic.
The brass hardware was pretty dingy, so we polished it with Brasso. It took more work than I expected, but it cleaned up after a little scrubbing.
And now it's done! My "projects" always take more work and more time than I think they will, but I am actually pretty happy with how this one turned out. The best part is that it holds so much stuff - movies, electronics, office supplies, changing pad and diapers, books, etc.
And it looks so nice with our antique VHS player. We're kind of going with the antique theme in the front room :)