Monday, September 17, 2012

bedroom series part three: dresser re-vamp

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this was a small bedroom project, but i think it made a big difference. 

my mom and dad gave us this dresser.  it has been through many coats of paint and moved to many different rooms.  when we got it, it was painted off-white and the drawers had a crackle finish on them.  i always thought the knobs were navy--turns out they were black.  never knew i was color blind....

anyway. :)  i will apologize for the quality of this picture.  i tried to snap a few "before" shots of our room before we ripped the carpet up and this is the only picture i got of the dresser.  i had to zoom and crop it, so it's a bit fuzzy.  but you get the idea.


i had no idea what i wanted to do with it, really, but i did like the off white--just not the crackle.  i decided to use some black gloss paint that i already had and then rough the drawers up some.  i just painted the inset of each drawer where the crackle was.  i like the distressed look on some things, so i didn't worry too much about it not being a smooth finish.  i sanded them first to knock some of the texture off and then painted one coat on each drawer.  since the knobs were (ahem) black, i just sanded them some, too. :)


up close of the distressing on the drawers:

see the detail in the trim?  i love it!  adds a nice bold touch to our room.  speaking of, check back next week for the full reveal.... :)



  1. Cute, Katie! I like the black and white, it's very bold and so sophisticated.

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  3. Umm, gorgeous! That is all. :)

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

  4. This dresser came out amazing. This is such an inspirational post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us. :-)

    Paula, your newest follower

  5. Nice work! Love the high contrast color choices!

  6. Found and followed you through 36th Avenue's link party. I just love your blog! Feel free to stop by mine as well :)


    1. thanks krista! looking forward to grabbing some recipes! :)

  7. Why this is Crazy Good! Love the contrast! Very Cool:)

  8. So fantastic! Love the contrast! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Southern Lovely. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  9. Your dresser turned our so fab! Love the black! Visiting from Tickled Pink linky party and I'm your newest GFC follower. I'd love it if you would stop by for a visit sometime and follow back. Looking forward to seeing your future projects.
    Tuula :)

  10. hi tuula! heading over to your blog now! :)

  11. Beautiful inspiration! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

  12. Love how this turned out! The black accent really sets it apart! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning!

  13. Love it - gives it a very rustic/primitive look!

  14. Very cute makeover!
    Love how it has two-toned drawers!
    Thanks for sharing your excitement and ideas at the Creative Inspirations Linky! Please stop back next week for the Autumn Inspiration Linky Party to link up your fall ideas!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  15. Isn't it just amazing how a bit of paint can completely change the feel of a piece? I just love this and have an old dresser in my garage that I have been sitting on, just waiting for some inspiration-think I found it:)If you have a sec this weekend, I would love if you linked up at my party, Get Schooled Saturday over at Too Much Time On My Hands.
    xxx Kim

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