Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Dresser Up"

We've been playing a little game called "musical rooms" at our house. We recently acquired some dowstairs space {Studly's sis had been staying there and recently moved out} and decided now was as good a time as any to move a few of the litter down there. Carter, {the teenage boy wonder}, and Avery, {the nine year old, going on nineteen year old diva} decided they would make the move.

So, for the passed few weeks we have been shuffling furniture from upstairs to downstairs and vice versa. Since the girls would no longer be sharing a bedroom, that meant I would have to find a new dresser for Avery's new space in the basement. I didn't really want to spend much on a dresser. Really, I didn't want to spend anything on a new dresser, so I decided to give an existing dresser a sophisticated new face lift.

I came across this lovely when I first started my blog.

Naturally, I coated her in the brightest color of spray paint I could find.

She wasn't hideous, but I don't think she was the best version of herself.

Then I came across a picture in Elle Decor of a two toned mid century modern dresser and I knew I had to try it out.

Here's how she looks now.

When I stripped the green paint off of the drawers I was in love. How could I have covered up that lucious wood with paint? I must have been insane. I think she's kinda gorgeous...in a retro, 50's-60's kinda way. If I had to name her it would be...Audrey {as in Hepburn} or perhaps Jackie O. Anyway, I'm a little bummed she has to reside in the basement {"nobody puts baby in the basement"}, but that's where she is needed, so that's where she will stay.

The best part of this revamp, it was only $20 {$14 on paint and $6 on After Wash}...which makes me love "my baby" even more.

I will do a full reveal of the bedroom eventually, but I would like to do some kind of treatment {molding of some sort perhaps} to the walls and then paint them first. I am totally open to suggestions if anybody has some.


  1. you made the dresser look SO GREAT! I love that modern look.

  2. WOW! Looks awesome! I love that look. I really liked it green, but I totally love the way you have it now! You have an eye for such things, dear. :o) Great job!

  3. i love this dresser! how did you strip the paint off of it? I have a painted dresser that is calling my name...

  4. oh the bright is fun but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the two tone! amazing

  5. @Kaylee Jo. I stripped the paint using Jasco brand paint stripper and then cleaned the remaining residue off with After Wash. Both of these products are available at The Home Depot or Lowes. I hope that helps. Good luck!

  6. Gosh I think we've all done that!! The trends are a changing!!
    Looks so great, well done!!


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