So this is where I started. Your typical 60's blond dresser. I love the hardware but one was broken, which ruined the chanced of using these at all. Hate when that happens.
That's ok though because it took me in a whole new direction….
I have been wanting to do a project using pallet wood forever but not only did I only run across old, ugly pallets, I never had the time. I didn't realize I was a "pallet snob" but I guess I am. I wanted it to be a rough sawn wood but also, in nice condition.
I had been eyeballing my neighbors beautiful, clean and empty pallet in they driveway for a few days and asked if I could have it. She said "yes":)
I cut the pallet apart and besides keeping a few knots, kept the nicest pieces I could salvage. I didn't have much left over.
After ripping down the pieces for the front and side trim I cut boards and staggered seams like I do a hardwood floor. And I have helped lay many hardwood floors!
I didn't have a real plan but after installing the top, things just kind of fell together. I had the casters and hardware on hand and decided this beautiful green called Chopped Dill by BM, would be perfect for the direction I was taking the stain.
After sanding SUPER well, I stained the wood using the same products and steps that I did on my sons shelf project HERE. I know I have been proclaiming my love for General Finishes Gel Stains lately, but I still love and will continue to use Minwax and Rustoleum for certain applications.
Because of the nature of the wood (rough and deep graining), I needed a liquid stain to soak in, penetrate and get down deep. Not to mention it's what I had on hand:)
This photo below is just after the application of the gray stain. I brushed on with chippy and rubbing in good with rag.