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DIY Dinosaur Dresser

Well, I’ve finished up another project. And this one only took 92 months to complete.

A looooong time ago, I told my parents that we were in the market for some dressers (chest’o’drawers, dresser drawers, wardrobes, chiffarobe, whatever). Lo and behold, they had two that were just sitting in a storage unit collecting dust so I said, “Bring those suckers on down to Dallas and I’ll give ’em a good scrubbing.”

So my father, loaded them up into a mini U-haul, threw a bungee cord around them, and drove to Dallas. When they arrived, we opened the U-haul and discovered that, during the long trek from Abilene to Dallas, the drawers of both dressers had fallen open and essentially punched each other in the face the whole drive. They needed a mama wardrobe to say, “Don’t make me turn this car around!” It was like Lord of the Flies but with dressers instead of kids.

The poor, bruised before picture

The poor, bruised before picture

So, now I had to re-do both of them, which was fine. The first one I sanded and re-stained to match the original stain color. It looks awesome and it holds all my cardigans. (Yes, I have an entire drawer devoted to cardigans.)

The second one (pictured above) was a little harder. In order to re-stain this one, I would have had to sand the whole thing and you see those little valleys between the handles? Those would have to be hand-sanded and ain’t nobody got time for that.

So I chose to repaint it.

I filled some holes, sanded, primed, and painted it a light gray. I also spray-painted the handles to make them more fun. I think it turned out pretty good, but something was missing.

Dresser rivalry is no longer apparent.

Dresser rivalry is no longer apparent.

I saw another dresser on Pinterest that had toys as handles and I thought that was a cute idea so I reserved the top two drawers as “toy drawers”.

And then I looked.

And looked.

And looked.

I could find NOTHING that I would want to use as dresser handles for my son. The thrift stores were all of a sudden bereft of plastic toys that could be screwed onto a drawer. Those jerks.

Until yesterday, when all of a sudden, I spotted a plastic baggie that had two regular plastic dinosaurs, half of what appears to be a werewolf, and (drumroll please) TWO glow-in-the-dark dinosaurs.

Game over.



I had a little too much fun documenting this.

I had a little too much fun documenting this.




I will close out this post with an FAQABM8B (Frequently Asked Questions Answered By Magic 8 Ball)

1. Will this dresser win awards and be featured in an interior design magazine?

Don’t count on it.

2. Will the kid love it so much that he wants to throw a party for his dresser?

Cannot predict now.

3. Will these glow-in-the-dark dinosaur handles last into perpetuity?

My sources say no.

4. Does Alex think that they’re kind of stupid?

It is decidedly so.

5. Do I care?

Outlook not so good.

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