A DIY40-Year-Old Dresser in the Family


When my father passed away in March, I gave away most of his possessions. One of the things I gave away was a dresser, which had belonged to my parents since 1969, the year my brother was born. He only lived for 10 days and passed away from a heart defect, so my brother was always a delicate subject in our house. The dresser was in his nursery, painted in white at one point I think. His name was Jerry Lynn Sanders.

mom, dad, Jerry Lyn

My mom, brother, Jerry, and my dad.


The dresser after Molly stripped it.

I was born four years later, and the dresser became mine. It was a glossy sunshine yellow with white flower knobs. It remained mine for years, and I remember for my parents using it on and off as I would tire of the yellow. At some point it was painted black over the yellow. I didn’t think to take a picture of the black, high-gloss painted, smoke-saturated dresser that Molly took home. It took her multiple coats of the Citristrip to get it all of the pain off.


The dresser after Molly finished.

You will need:


Something to scrap the paint off with

Tarp or old sheet

Spray paint

New knobs

Contact paper for inside drawers


My Dad in 1969

Molly saturated the dresser in the paint remover and attempted to scape some off, and then added some more. She said she had not waited quite long enough the first time, so she added more. After waiting two-three hours, she checking it again and the paint just practically feel off when she scraped it. Next,  she waited for the furniture to dry, spray-painted it with paint 3 or so coats, and added new contact paper and knobs.


Owl knobs from Amazon.

Molly thought it would be better to redo an old dresser in the family than to purchase a newer dresser that wouldn’t have lasted. Peyton will have a piece of history and will grow up with something from her sibling’s mom’s family. I think that is awesome!

Jerry and T

My dad and I.

Peyton in her room w dresser

Peyton in her adorable room her mommy made for her!

Trish Eklund is taking a nontraditional approach to parenting children after divorce and remarriage. Raising her two daughters of eleven and fifteen with her husband, ex-husband, and his wife, they consult one another on all parenting decisions. Trish is the owner and founder of Family Fusion Community. Trish has been featured on www.playground-magazine.com, and www.bigblendedfamily.com. She is a regular writer on www.herviewfromhome.com, writer and co-editor for Her View From Omaha. Follow her on Twitter: @trishiewriter, Google +, and Pinterest.


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