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Sandy Drawers

Here’s the deal; I can’t work on something for 4 hours today and then not blog about it. I JUST CAN’T! I don’t want to weaken the effect of the “Grand Reveal” of the finished product, but I’m willing to risk it in order to have my own miniature cathartic moment. Don’t worry, most of this will be in photos.

This is how the drawers looked when the platform bed was assembled in their bedroom.

The drawers are in a slight sate of disrepair. Yes, the holes in the front are from where handles use to be. And no, I did not remove the handles, they apparently were gone when Missy got the bed from a family member. But obviously, that is the tip of the iceberg.

So then I started Sanding.

This is a drawer after "Sanding: Round 1." As you can see there is definitely some old color left and the handle holes have wood filler spilling out of them.

This is another drawer after "Sanding: Round 2." There's much less of the previous pigment and the wood filler has been sanded flush to the wood.

And here are their brothers and sisters. Four have gone through "Sanding: Rounds 1 and 2," while the other two have only gone through "Sanding: Round 1."

The Sanding Plan

Round 1: Get the bulk pigment and stain off.

Round 2: Sand the scrappy stuff that was missed in Round 1.

Round 3: Hand sand the stubborn colored spots.

Round 4: Sand the rough spots in the fiberboard.

Round 5: Start Sanding: Rounds 1 to 3 on the rest of the platform.

And it’ll be grand!


About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

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