Magazine article Sunset

I Found It on Craigslist!5 Easy Makeovers

Magazine article Sunset

I Found It on Craigslist!5 Easy Makeovers

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FRESH TAKE: DRESSER

Go dark and dramatic

To bring this dresser into the modern era, we first removed and set aside the drawers and wheeled feet. Next we removed and discarded the top trim piece and the drawer pulls. We smoothed out the bottom trim's frillier details with wood filler. Once it was dry, we used 220-grit sandpaper and an electric sander (rented from a hardware store) to lightly sand all visible flat surfaces. We hand-sanded grooves and detailing, then wiped all surfaces with a damp cloth. With a 6-inch paint roller, we applied two coats of low-sheen black latex enamel paint to all visible surfaces, using long strokes in one direction (we used a 2-inch paint roller for the corners and edging). When that was dry, we applied the gray paint accents (see sunset.com/craigslist for pattern and instructions). For the new wooden drawer pulls, we applied two coats of black or gray paint to each. Once they were dry, we reattached them, along with the old wheels.

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FINAL COST $124

RESOURCES See page 126.

FRESH TAKE: SIDE CHAIR

ADD EYE-GRABBING UPHOLSTERY

Our first step was to remove and set aside the cushions, saving all hardware. Following product instructions, we applied paint stripper with a paintbrush. Next we removed the varnish and stripper with a nonreactive putty knife and scrubbing pad and applied a stripping solvent to the wood frame with a rag. Once it was dry, we brushed on wood dye, first with a paint-brush, then by rubbing with a clean cloth to even it out. After letting it dry, we applied a light coat of water-based polyurethane satin varnish. Finally, we took the frame, cushions, and 3/4 yard of fabric to an upholstery shop, where the cushions were reupholstered and reattached. (See sunset.com/craigslist for instructions on DIY upholstery.) FINAL COST $61 for the chair and supplies, plus about $165 for the upholstering

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FRESH TAKE: CANDLESTICKS

Try an unconventional hue

We loved the elegant shapes of these tall candlesticks and wanted to update and unify them with a bold and unexpected color--in this case, high-gloss indigo. We started by removing all wax residue with paint thinner and a clean cloth. …

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