Here's the dresser as I found her (well, I removed the drawers):
So I had my little sister get out the vice and the hand saw, and she made me some little pieces to fit the slats back into their places out of old paint brushes! She's the best.
Then we used wood glue to hold secure them, and put wood filler over the holes to make it pretty. After screwing the top of the dresser back into place, it was time to prime and paint, paint, paint. I was going for something sexy and black and glossy, so I sprayed the whole thing with a shiny clear enamel when I was done.
I didn't want to use the boring wooden knobs that were originally on the dresser, so I went to Hobby Lobby. I couldn't believe how cheap their hardware was! And their selection was really great. In the end, I picked out these amazing crystal owl knobs for the top drawer, and simpler green knobs for the other three drawers.
After being moved, assembled, and staged, here's what the dresser looks like now:
I'm so excited and couldn't wait for my next project! I've still got to finish the sewing machine table, and there's a half-painted chair sitting in my kitchen! What projects are you working on right now? And does anyone else have any secret sources for hardware, knobs, and pulls?
[Here's the original 'after' picture. The new one's much better, don't you think?]