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I have had my vanity since I moved into my new place.

I got it way before I lost my job or figured that this would be a career choice for me.

I love this vanity!

The only problem is, I have no use for it. I bought it thinking I would wake up each morning and sit in front of it and do my makeup and hair. Like a simple and nice morning ritual.

But it never happened.

It just turned into a dump for my makeup and hair products and straightener and blow-dryer.

I actually do my morning stuff at my computer desk while doing a million other things.

So now, I have decided to sell.

It’s been banged around a bit, so I need to freshen her up, but then she’ll be better than ever!

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Step 1: Disassemble and sandStep 1: Disassemble and sand

Taking the thing apart proved to be fine *until* I got to the extension piece that pulls out of the top of the table portion. There were two little plugs inserted into the bottom of the extension that would catch on a hidden lip which aimed at preventing the extension from being fully removed. The first plug came out easily with some pliers; the second wouldn’t come out no matter what I tried… ended up chipping the top off just to get it out and I’ll get the rest out before I paint and put the extension back in. Fortunately the plugs were essentially those wooden pegs that come with IKEA furniture… and I can get those easily.

Sanding and disassembling was a little more work than I expected. The sanding couldn’t be done entirely with the electric sander, so a lot of hand sanding went into this.  Also it seems I will have to do quite a lot of heavy sanding on the extension to ensure that it will slide in and out smoothly in the long run.

Step 2: Paint

Step 2: Paint

The first coat is easy enough. Nothing major to report for that part. For the accents (not pictured), I spray painted the knob that attaches to the extension and the screws which will be visible in the back of the bench with the brushed gold. I like to add those little things that no one necessarily notices but make the difference between quality and a rush job.

Step 3: Recovering the Seat

Step 4: Branding

This is something I’ve always thought about in the beginning, but never actually remembered to do in the end.

I bought some sticky foam letters from the dollar store, sprayed gold paint around them, waited 10 minutes and removed the foam letters. Voila!

Branding Stages

Now I just have to finish the extension insert and then I will take photos and post the final product!

I originally intended to keep this piece for myself, but I’ve found that as beautiful as it is, I have nowhere to put it.

Such a shame, it really would be useful if my floor plan allowed for it.

Telephone BenchI’m going to paint the wood black and the back and seat cushion will be a light gold satin (I might tuft it, not sure yet) and the pull on the table extension will be gold as well.

There isn’t much else to say about this piece. I’ve been staring at it for a few months now and it’s time to get it worked on.

Man, oh man, oh man… how things change.

My initial concept for the dresser has changed. Kind of a bit a lot. If that makes sense.

  1. Took the giant bird off the front and replaced it with a distant flying flock of feathered friends (sorry… I know I could have said birds, but once alliteration starts you really have to follow thru.)
  2. Abandoned the Emerald and Greyed Jade in favour of following my “BlackGold” theme. I think having collections is a better idea au moment.
  3. I had initially intended to have the interiors of the drawers printed, but since I’m going with the black and gold flavour, I will now just cover the interiors with matte black and and have the feathers cut from a brushed gold on top (laminated for good measure so that the feathers wont lift during the course of regular use).
  4. Front pulls have been eliminated. Again, this might change as soon as actual construction begins.

MALM Concept 2

I’ll catch you up in the next and final (?) installment of the Life and Times of a MALM Dresser.

My grandmother lived three floors up from us in the exact same building.

This thing hung on her wall, just left of the balcony door for decades.

Grandma's Curio Cabinet (Before)

Grandma’s Curio Cabinet (Before)

It housed her signed Blue Jays baseballs (she’s a sports fan), a little teddy bear candle I bought for her when I was an infant, this carved wooden cat that had these appetizer picks stuck in its back with little cat heads on the end of them… basically curiosities.

Curiosities she kept in her curio cabinet. Hehe.

Anyway, the curiosities moved on to bigger and better places of honour and the lowly cabinet was shoved into my hands.

Not that I’m complaining…

Grandma's Curio Cabinet (In progress)

Grandma’s Curio Cabinet (In progress)

Finished Product

Finished Product

I finally posted it on Etsy as well. Check out the listing here.

The MALM dresser and bed were my very first independent purchases. I bought them to coincide with my first attempt at living on my own, away from my parents and their protective, claustrophobic clutches.

Needless to say, I was crawling back home a little over a year later, begging for shelter, fully aware of how hard living on your own truly is! (It’s amazing how not having a proper budget in mind will screw you over… my downfall was being unprepared for the grocery budget… forgot to account for non-food items… so silly.)

But my MALM dresser stayed by my side. He never faltered. The bed, well she was unable to withstand the rigours of being re-assembled multiple times. She will be missed. Not MALM, the dresser tho… no, not he. He has lasted the test of time.

And so, in honour of his lasting ability he will be remodeled and re-invented. He will be given a stunning makeover the likes have never been seen before (altho the likes probably have been seen before, I’m just being hyperbolic).

MALM DresserThe original base of the dresser is IKEA’s black-brown, but in moving home the last time, instead of removing the drawers, we taped them in place. Bad idea. When we removed the tape, little bits of the varnish came off. If IKEA sells the black-brown varnish I will do touch ups. If not, I will sand down and re-paint a full black.

Otherwise tho, I really wanna do this up right. I’m going to invest a little bit of money in buying quality materials for this.

The drawers’ interiors will be fully decked out and the front of the drawers will have pulls (One thing I hate is the lack of pulls).

So here is my concept art:

MALM Concept Art

I’m going to start on the dresser on Monday, since it’s still at my parents’ place.

Sadly, as much as I love him, he didn’t fit in with my current decor.

I await to continue this saga.

Bye for now! 🙂

Since this is the first project I’m selling, I’ve priced this really low ($25 each) and you can look at it in my new Etsy shop. The posting is here.

Table - Original

Table – Original

Table - In Progress

Table – In Progress

Tables - Front and Side View

Tables – Front and Side View

Table - Hardware Accent

Table – Hardware Accent

Table - Details

Table – Details