I have known for a few weeks that my cousin Katie was coming to visit. I did the normal stuff: clean the bathrooms and hope they stay clean, do laundry so it doesn’t look like I am totally lazy, stock the house with some good food, etc. Well, it seems that every time I have some big event coming up, that I just have to do a project to release nervous energy or something. Past project ideas include paint a room, make a quilt, redecorate my entire house, channel energy to buying some perfect piece of furniture… Um, yeah, I for some reason get really driven to complete an impossible task when people come to visit. The task I chose this time? Refinish a dresser so it is presentable enough to put downstairs as a new phone table and preschool supplies chest.

This may sound huge, but my original idea was to paint my bedroom… well Bryan is glad that I ran out of time for that I am sure. Tear my room apart and put it together again in a two week time frame while only working during naps and after the boys go to bed?! And not to mention that I would likely want to buy new furniture to “complete the look.” I was just about crazy enough to do that, but ended up admitting defeat with that idea and going for something smaller, and much less expensive too.

We have had some dresser drama lately because Micah refuses to get dressed in the morning. His dresser is too dang hard to open to get his clothes out. My solution? Get him a new dresser. His reaction? Tears, lots of them. Then Isaac tried to convince him it would be cool, I could get him a STAR WARS dresser. Yeah. Like I would ever find something like that. Gee thanks, Isaac, for your help. And yep, that is all Micah wanted after that. I bet he would HATE it when the Star Wars adoration phase in his life is over.

So I went shopping, it was discouraging, and ended up just deciding to shuffle some dressers around in our house for a quick fix so he can have a better one in which the drawers don’t stick as much. So I emptied out the downstairs dresser that I used for preschool supplies and to keep the phone on. I moved it upstairs. I put Micah’s clothes in it. I witnessed Micah get angry. And throw his clothes out of it all over his room. And he was strong enough to move it most of the way out of his room too. I swear he is so strong because of how heavy his current dresser is!

Well, that plan didn’t work. He wanted to keep his red dresser. He was firm. Since that little brown one is the dresser I originally wanted for Reece anyhow, but was too lazy to empty when he was born, I figured it was a good enough time to give it to him.

The dresser Reece was using was a Goodwill find that I had planned to refinish, but never got around to. It was a hideous tan color. It was not painted very well and you could see three previous colors of paint in the scratches that were on it. If it wasn’t so embarrassing, I would have taken a picture of it so you could see how ugly it was. Rather than just put it downstairs to do the job of holding stuff that was now homeless and letting it hold the phone out of reach from Reece, I let it stay empty for a few days. It was just too ugly to put downstairs! Eventually I couldn’t handle the card table any longer though that was currently by the phone.

So I began sanding. And then painting. And then sanding. And then painting again. It was supposed to be done by the time Katie got here, but alas, projects never quite go as planned. On coat of primer and two of paint weren’t enough. A third coat was needed. So, it got done the day after she left. And oh my, it looks so GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD! Much better than before. New paint, new knobs, now this thing is ready for the 21st century. It was stuck in the 60’s before. I am now proud of this cute piece of furniture!

Funny, but I will still probably go get Micah a new dresser soon. The red beast needs to be retired to my craft room or something. Any ideas on how to make the new one STAR WARS without it being permanent?


Nols February 21, 2008 at 8:24 a.m.

"I bet he would HATE it when the Star Wars adoration phase in his life is over." -- Is that phase ever _really_ over?

Here's a few quotes for ya!

Look, Your Worshipfulness, let's get one thing straight. I take orders from just one person: me. -- Han Solo.

Han Solo: Not a bad bit of rescuing, huh? You know, sometimes I amaze even myself.
Princess Leia: That doesn't sound too hard.

Try not. Do, or do not, there is no try. -- Jedi Master Yoda

Uh, everything's under control. Situation normal. -- Han Solo

Steffenie February 23, 2008 at 2:05 a.m.

Nolan doesnt tell me he writes these whitty comments. Oh brother!!
There are a lot of wall stickers and such at Walmart and Hobby Lobby, etc. You could probably put those on a dresser.

Melinda February 27, 2008 at 8:50 a.m.

The dresser looks fabulous!