Oh man... This dresser truly was a work of love! This dresser had been sitting in my husbands parent's barn for about 30 years or more. I am a tad obsessed with dressers, so my husband pointed it out to me, and we asked his parents if we could have it and they said YES! Here is the dresser in it's raw state... in the barn.
Thankfully it was not missing a drawer, it was just on the ground. My husband called me as he was tranferring this dresser home and said that it didn't smell very good. I figured it couldn't be that bad, it just needed to air out some.................. I was terribly wrong.
First, my husband walks in the house and this overwhelming smell engulfs the entire living room! I asked him why he smelled so bad, and he said, the dresser. Again, I didn't believe it could be THAT bad. So, I went out to take a whiff of the dresser myself, and I could smell it from ten feet away!
I wish I could describe the smell.... so I will try. Dead mice, cow poop, old barn, dead flies and anything else that smells horrible all combined into one.
I LOVED this dresser, so I was convinced it was not a lost cause. The first thing we did to take the smell away was to douse it in bleach. My sweet husband wiped down ever nook and cranny of the dresser, and we narrowed down the worst smelling part of the dresser to be the top middle. The drawers were not too bad, just the top was HORRIBLE. The bleach helped a little bit, but the smell was already burned into our nostrils, and so we could still smell it.
The next thing he did was to sand the top of the dresser, the worst smelling part. This helped a little bit more, but the we could still smell it. I figured a fresh coat of paint would do the trick. The paint helped a lot, but because of the smell being burned into our memory, we could still pick up on it. Originally, this dresser was going to go in our bedroom. Even though the smell on the dresser was mostly gone, I didn't want the memory of that smell being in my bedroom everyday!!! So.... this dresser got sold. It really ended up only having a faint smell that you had to really try and pick up on, so I don't feel bad about selling it! Here is the after.
Again, I am obsessed with the red, but at least I left the stencil off of this one!