MCM Dresser Rescue

November 19, 2014

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Mmm… kay. I have issues. Namely dresser issues. And, if it’s mid-century and in distress… then, I’m toast.

I can’t help myself. I KNOW I’m running out of room to put dressers in my home. But, I continue to enter second-hand stores, and I continue to rescue these poor, forgotten wardrobes.

And, here’s another. (An American of Martinsville piece… any furniture nerds out there, know a little about this guy)?

before

He was so rough, but pretty. Every single drawer slide was a crumpled hunk of scrap metal. Nothing was gliding or sliding. The drawers were in a heap, and some of the hardware was falling off. But, I had a feeling — even though this guy didn’t “show” very well, I could bring him back to life. So I took a chance. Paid my $60, and took him home.

damage-rail

Ouch. See what I mean? All of the slides were broken, with these gouged up shards of metal, from all the abuse. Poor dresser.

damage-goop

Not to mention all the slides and hardware looked like they had a previous repair attempt, with a bunch of hardened goop. No screws… just goop.

damage-metal

The goop was everywhere. But, when I removed all of the broken¬†drawer slides, I was sure that was the biggest issue. So, if I could find the right replacements, I’d be golden.

new-rails-and-hangers

And I did, for a little under $30, I found 6 new wooden slide rails, and 6 new plastic drawer hangers.

dremel-carve

The only trick was the new hangers, were a little wider than what was previously there. So, a little customization was in order. Dremel to the rescue! In a few minutes, I had all 6 drawers ready to go.

rail-hanger

The new drawer hangers fit perfectly.old-rails

And I was ready to trash the old, rusty, bent-up, metal scraps!

saw-rails

The new drawer slides just needed a little trim, and I was able to use the old metal ones as my template. Easy peasy.

predrill-holes

Some pre-drilled screw holes prevented the wood from splitting before screwing them into place on the dresser frame.

new-wood-rails

Ahhh! Look at that! Already so much better. Sturdy, clean, and no deadly, pokey metal pieces, to hurt myself on… win-win.

dresser-after

A couple new screws fixed up my droopy hardware situation too… And, there it is! What a handsome devil. See? It just needed a little love, and an appreciative eye.hardware-detail

I mean, get outta town… look at that hardware?!

All problems solved.

Oh… except for when I look at the horrible room this new handsome boy is living in. It’s supposed to be a future nursery… but it’s currently a junk storage room.

How many extra lamps does one family need anyway!!? Well, let’s count ’em…

mess-to-right2

Oh, we’re not done… that was just the left side… let’s just peer over to the right side of the room…

mess-to-left2

Oh, two more… FOUR LAMPS! Yep… Totally reasonable. Who’s with me?!!

8 thoughts on “MCM Dresser Rescue

  1. Darla Hall

    Thank you for putting this website up. I have this same exact dresser and a matching bureau plus two matching night stands. I need to repair 6 drawers. Need 3 new brass handles (the small size handles) found on the top two drawers of the bureau. Also need the wooden rails and plastic hangers. Do you know where I can find them?

    Many many thanks. I love this furniture,

    Best regards,
    Darla

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    1. freshcrush Post author

      Thanks for the visit, Darla! I’m not sure about the hardware, that might be a tough find. Maybe try online buy and sell’s like Etsy or Ebay? As for the rails and hangers, you should be able to find them at most hardware stores, or if you’re having trouble, try Amazon.com and have it delivered. Good luck! :)

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  3. Victims

    thank you! I have an old Bassett dresser I’ve held on to for years cause I knew someday I could figure out how to fix the drawers. Did you order yours from Richelieu.com?

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