Dresser Project

I finally did it, I finished the dresser!

My daughter (now 14) wants to update her room. She wants to make it more “grown-up.” Well, I knew that I was going to have to go thrifting to pull off this makeover. She wanted a new dresser, and gave me a picture of the dresser she liked.This dresser was definitely out of my price range, so I started looking in thrift stores. I found one that I thought would work, but she wasn’t real excited about it when I brought it home. What do you think?

It wasn’t the right color, had been embellished with stickers, and was missing several knobs. Somehow I was able to see passed all it’s flaws and notice that it was very similar in design as the dresser my daughter had picked out.

The dresser had a really slick, laminated top. I was worried that the paint wouldn’t stick to it without a lot of sanding, which I DID NOT want to do. I had heard that chalk paint will coat most surfaces with one coat, so I was going to use chalk paint. When I priced the paint, I was disappointed. It was going to cost too much, so back to the drawing board.

My oldest daughter had painted an old laminated coffee table with a flat wall paint. She said the coverage was very good, but you couldn’t wash it off if it gets stained. So, I thought, maybe I could paint the dresser with a white, flat wall paint, and then do a top coat in a semi-gloss to protect it. I bought two quarts of paint, one flat, one satin. I also found some new knobs for the drawer pulls.

The first thing I had to do was thoroughly clean the dresser, and scrap off all the stickers. I removed the old drawer pulls. Then, I started painting. The flat paint covered beautifully. I applied two to the base of the dresser and three coats to the top and the drawer fronts. Next, I used the satin paint for the final coat. It dried very quickly, and I was so pleased with the results.

This isn’t the best picture, but you can really see the difference between the old dresser, and the painted one. Here’s a side by side view…


I had a problem with the drawer pulls – the screws were too long, so I had to add some washers to make the pulls tight. This was an easy fix, and I am so pleased with how the dresser turned out. I only spend $17.50 for the dresser, $25 on drawer pulls, and $21 on paint.

Here’s a side by side view of the dresser she picked out next to my redo – pretty close!


Now I’m looking for a small computer desk, and reading chair, curtains, and a mirror. I also have to buy some paint to change her room color. At least I have one item crossed off her list. And, by the way, she loves the dresser now!

DIY Dresser

Well, I really wasn’t looking for another project so soon after finishing my kitchen make over, BUT…

My youngest daughter has decided that she would like to update her room in a more age appropriate manner. She will be 15 on her next birthday, and wants a more “grown-up” look (imagine that). She has researched her paint colors, curtains, furniture, and accessories. She showed me her list, and of course I knew that I would have to be thrifting a lot of these items, the main item being the dresser.

I went to a local thrift store today, and found a dresser that has a similar look to the one she picked out, but it is old, brown, and has been adorned with some cute little stickers from a previous owner. Normally I would have just walked on by, but this dresser was already cheap ($25), and it was marked down 30 percent. This got my attention. I walked around a while, and went back to the dresser three times. I tried all the drawer to make sure they weren’t broken, and pulled out easily, then I said, “I’ll take it.”

Here is the dresser in it’s current state

Sorry about the quality of the picture, but you get the idea. It really needs a redo. I’ll post better pictures when I get my husband to bring it in the house. It is currently still in the back of my car.

I’m wanting to try my hand at chalk paint, so this will be my first project using this type of paint. I am excited to see the transformation. My daughter wants white and gray as her color scheme, so this dresser will be painted white, and I will let her pick out new knobs for the drawers. Her current dresser is a tall style, and way to overwhelming for her room. This one is short, wide, and is very similar in design to the one that she found online.

I’ll keep you posted. I want to get this project finished before we start back to school in a couple of weeks. In case you didn’t know, I homeschool, so school consumes a lot of my time when it’s in session.

Have a great week,


Do you like a good treasure hunt? Well, that’s what I do every time I go out browsing the local thrift stores. I absolutely love old stuff! My favorite thing to do is to leisurely stroll into a shop full of second hand goodies. I get excited when I find old sewing notions, vintage paper goods, old dishes and glasses, vintage jewelry, sheets, pillowcases, and general home goods. To me, it’s like going on a hunt for some long forgotten treasure. I love things that used to be valued, but, in today’s culture, have lost their relevance. They are still relevant to me, and I cherish these items. Vintage paper goods are one of my favorite finds. I love the cute old-fashioned images that take us back to innocence and virtue.

I recently was able to go out by myself, so of course I headed to the thrift stores. I was able to find a few items that really made me happy. I found a hydrangea wreath, and a wooden tray. I plan to repaint the tray, but I’m not sure yet on how I will use it.

I paid $1.49 for the tray. It has a sticker from ABC Distributing. I paid $2.99 for the wreath, and it still has the original tag from Reliance. It is a handcrafted Cottage Hydrangea wreath.

Next, I found a goodie bag full of ribbons. Ribbons can be expensive, so I was really happy to find a whole freezer bag full for $1.99

As you can see, there was a good variety of sizes, colors and types. Some were printed with cute designs, stripes, dots, leaves & acorns. In this bag, there was also some scrapbook items.

I thought these cute bunnies were adorable, and will look nice if I do a Spring project.

I am planning to work on a DIY Easter project, and have been gathering my materials for a blog post. I needed an old wooden frame, and this old picture and frame will work nicely for my project. I will take the picture out, and repaint the frame for the project. I can’t wait to show you the final project, so stay tuned.

Finally, I have been looking for a basket that would work for my front door. I wanted some type of a flat basket with a pocket to hold flowers. It needed to be flat on the back to hang against the door. I have seen these used like a wreath, and they look really cute filled with seasonal flowers. I found one that I am hoping will work. I will need to insert some foam to secure the flowers, and I am debating about painting the basket. I paid $.99 for this cute basket.

I am excited about this project as well, and will be sharing it with you on the blog.

Thrifting is a great way to find supplies for new projects when you are on a limited budget. Any time I find old craft supplies for a good price, I stock up. You never know when creativity hits, and you can use those old vintage finds.

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Go thrifting, and find some treasures!