We all have favorites. Lets not even pretend like we don’t. And this dresser is my favorite piece I’ve ever made. Ever. Even better than Napoleon who was the reigning champion for a really long time. Did you ever make something and then stare at it for hours on end thinking “Holy crap. I actually made that!”? Yeah, that’s been me for the past few days over this dresser. Even the husband is super impressed. He’s told me several times that it’s “the best thing I’ve ever built”, and I totally believe him.
This dresser was not easy. Or quick. It was incredibly challenging, and I’d like to consider myself to be a pretty proficient builder. It took me a total of 6 1/2 days to make it, start to finish. So, go into this warned: If you decide to build Madison for yourself, she will consume your soul for a long time. This is not a weekend build, friends. This is a please-let-me-out-of-work-early-so-I-can-keep-working-on-my-dresser build.
In order to make this a little easier for you guys to build, I’ve included some “helpful hints” and additional pictures in the project plan to help you ensure accurate placement. When I build, I can usually hear myself saying things in my head like, “meh, that looks like about a 1/4″. Good enough.” Not with this project. To make this plan work, numbers have to be exact or else you’re going to have some really weird drawers. But, trust me, it’s SO worth it.
Lets go into some details, shall we?
First off, I have a mild obsession with hardware. I feel that it’s the jewelry of a piece – kind of like back splash in a kitchen. So, I splurged a little bit for Madison. (She’s such a pretty girl, I couldn’t resist.) I used Anthropology’s Gardening Indoors knobs in Aqua, to give it that extra “bling” that it needed.
I couldn’t find the perfect “slightly” antique white that I wanted, so I actually hand painted this piece. Let me just say, I never do that. But this was an an exception. (Man, I really need to invest in a good paint sprayer.) Anyway, I finished with two coats of Valspar’s Polar White in semi-gloss, purchased at Lowes. I also primed with Killz Odorless Spray Primer.
I tried a new technique with the drawers this time. Instead of using actual drawer slides, I used 1×2 boards that sit on top of each other and slide. After using it for a few days, it’s been working out just fine! If you want to use actual drawer slides instead, just build your drawers a bit wider, Making them 27 1/8″ wide to accommodate your slides.
I figure that I should also explain the artwork sitting on the dresser in the opening shot since all you can see is a dude getting eaten by a shark. Yikes. It’s a limited edition print by one of my favorite artists, Shag, called “Watson and the Shark”. It was my 1st anniversary gift from my husband. (First anniversary = paper. Such a smart boy.)
Oh, yeah, and then there’s Hooter. (Anyone get the Captain EO reference? Even though their Hooter is an elephant…) I’m going through a pretty serious owl phase right now, and when I spotted him at West Elm on sale a few weeks ago I knew he had to be mine. I went in for shower curtains, and I came out with Hooter. Isn’t that always how it goes?
I’ll give you guys a few more detail shots when I get into the moulding in the building plan. Without further adieu, here are the project plans for the Madison Dresser based on PB Teen’s Chelsea Wide Dresser.