Obviously the arrival of a new baby requires a lot of new purchases, but I wanted to use our low-carbon commitment to create a new challenge - a Step Down Nursery. So I'm trying to buy second-hand and make things myself when I can.
You may remember we bought this 1940s dresser for the nursery a few months ago. The cold spring meant we were slow to start, but in the end the early bank holiday in May was the first opportunity where we had warm weather and spare time.
We wanted to keep some of the dresser's natural wood finish, but the varnish showed signs of water damage at the bottom of each side. We eventually decided to go with a combination of paint and varnish for our project. First Mr Goldfish used varnish remover to strip down the surface.
We decided to paint the dresser frame white and re-varnish the top and drawer fronts. As the other item in our nursery are a lighter wood, Mr Goldfish decided to try a beech varnish. Then we replaced the original handles with some white ceramic knobs. The fluted knobs add a lovely contrast to the straight lines of the dresser. So six weeks later our dresser looks like this!
One project down - several yet to go!