Saturday, September 14, 2013

Dresser Redo Part: 3 (fixing shredded sauder)

We are now on part three of my dresser redo!!!  If you missed the first two segments then you can find those HERE and HERE .  I cant wait to be able to reveal the finished product to you, but that is going to have to wait!

In this post I am going to show you how we fixed the corner of the drawer.  This was probably the most difficult part of the whole project, but we did it, and it looks great!   
This dresser is made of pressed board, sauder or what ever name you know it is not a solid piece, but it does have veneer as the top layer.  If this had been a solid piece it would have been a less scary project to me.  I must say though, that it was a little easier than anticipated.
The first thing we did was sand down some of the roughness of the shredded sauder just to clean it up a bit.  Because the material is so fragile, we did not do a lot.  We then applied Elmers Wood Filler, as you can see in the above picture.  There are a lot of good and expensive products out there that are similar to this, but we chose this one.......probably the cheapest one at the store.  We applied it on pretty thick and tried to stay with the shape of what the corner was supposed to be.  Then we waited for it to try, as directed on the package.

Once we were sure that it had dried to a solid piece, we began sanding and shaping our new corner.  We did this by hand to  make sure we didn't take too much off and that we were getting the right shape.  It was kind of tedious, so you just have to be patient and work carefully.

Once all the sanding and clean up was finished, we applied our first coat of primer/paint.  It is not a perfect corner, but I would say that its as close as we could have gotten!  If you didn't know that it was fixed, you would never be able to tell.
I am very pleased with the results that we got.  I can say now that I am not afraid to buy a piece sauder furniture to redo!

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