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March 7, 2014

Who doesn’t love a good makeover?

It’s one of the things I love most in life. Breathing new life into something old, beat up or broken. Or just plain ugly! When I bought my house I didn’t have a ton of extra cash lying around so I spray painted a heck of a lot of furniature. Tony and I have a joke that if it stands still, we paint it. Those same pieces have now been reincarnated several times over as I do my part to fully destroy the ozone layer. Is that even a thing people say anymore? Oh well, I just totally dated myself.
This piece here was a fun little project. It was my great aunt’s dresser that my mom insisted I take. My mother has a really hard time letting things go. Where I would try to sell an item on Craiglist or simply donate it, my mom will hold onto it because surely there is someone who could use it. Seriously, she would still have my furniature from my childhood bedroom if my younger cousin hadn’t have needed it. So when my aunt no longer needed this beast of a dresser, my mom insisted I take it because a.) it has a lot of storage, and b.) it would be great in a nursery someday. I’m not pregnant. Nor was I when she said this right after we got married. So after I picked my jaw up off the floor from this statement, I decided to take it.
It sat in the garage for months, with Tony using it as a work bench. *side note- let’s talk about that wood stacked in front of it. How awesome is that? We’re going to make something really cool out of that. I’m just not sure what yet.
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For a while I couldn’t decide what color to paint it. Would it look nice white or black? You can see my experimentation here. I thought that if I painted it white it might have that Hollywood Regency look about it. But come to find out, all that detail on there was plastic. Wood grained plastic. Yuck! So I decided to take on off to see what was underneath. Bummer, just particle board with big holes in it.
As I expressed my disappointment, Tony said, “Babe, think about who you’re married to!”
And this project just got a little more interesting.
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We had some old pine that we had picked up somewhere, but it looked way too new. We aged it using steel wool and vinegar. Look what a difference that made!
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So after we painted the rest of it a light grey, here’s what we ended up with.
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I even repurposed the knobs. They were white ones I had saved from the kitchen cabinets when I replaced them years ago. See… this is why I keep everything! You never know when you might use it! And I usually do!
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  1. Kim

    March 7th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I was almost going to ask if you were pregnant! Great job you and your hubby did on it.

  2. Kim

    March 7th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    The dresser, that is. 🙂

  3. Robyn :)

    March 7th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    It turned out really nice!!

  4. Karen Gillespie

    March 7th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Wow! It did turn out great! Good job you guys….love how you are re-purposing things.

  5. Diana

    March 8th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    AMAZING!!! It looks awesome!!! I wish I had that talent but I can definitely appreciate in others :)!

  6. Janelle

    March 18th, 2014 at 7:49 am

    This looks great! How did you affix the new wood to the old drawers? I’d love to learn about your process.

  7. Blog - The New Black

    March 18th, 2014 at 7:57 am

    THIS IS FANTASTIC!!! I popped over from Apartment Therapy and can’t get over how beautiful it looks. Way to go!

  8. Jeanna

    March 18th, 2014 at 8:08 am

    I almost couldn’t believe it was the same piece either! Great job guys 🙂

  9. Jen

    March 18th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Thanks so much!

  10. Jen

    March 18th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Thank you Jeanna!

  11. Rucha

    March 18th, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Gorgeous! Came over from AT as well. Would you ever do a step by step about how you affixed the new doors and drawer fronts to the existing frame?

  12. Kathy @ The Salvaged Boutique

    March 18th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    This is fabulous! What a great makeover…love that you aged the pine

  13. Laurie at laurie jones home

    March 18th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    This is an incredible transformation! One of the best I’ve seen! Looking forward to seeing more of your projects! Glad I found you!

  14. Jen

    March 18th, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks Kathy!

  15. Jen

    March 18th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks Laurie! I can’t wait to check out your blog!

  16. amy

    March 18th, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    This is AMAZING. I have a very similar dresser that I haven’t known what to do with, until now! What kind of paint and color is that? Did you have to build new drawer faces?

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