Friday, November 11, 2011

Dresser Before and After...

A low profile, Danish dresser that has seen better days is transformed into this...with a little paint and round bun feet from another project.

The top of our staircase is an odd shaped area. I thought a little bench would come in handy. The dresser drawers are still used for storage. They hold all our beach towels when not is season.

The dresser originally had a platform base that was removed a long time ago due to water damage from a flood in the basement.

See the water damage...

pretty much every where.

These are the bun feet I unscrewed from a side table that I used to make my sewing desk. Click here for that tutorial.

You can also buy these bun feet at your local hardware store too!

I removed all the drawers, so I could get to the inside from the bottom.

I turned the dresser on it's back. This is the bottom. I marked where I wanted the feet to go.

Then used my favorite tool, besides my sewing machine!! Use the correct size drill bit so the screw from the feet will fit.

Just screw in the feet and you're all set.

Now on to painting. If you've read my blog before, you know I am a big fan of what painting can do, but NOT a fan of the painting itself.

I try to do as little prep as possible. For this project, I just used 2 coats of Benjamin Moore HC-79 Greenbrier Beige. No primer for me. I'm so lazy, I didn't even take the beach towels out the drawers to paint!! Lol

Testing out a little Christmas decorating. I have a huge Christmas party in early December, so I try to sneak in a few inconspicuous areas of decorating that people wouldn't see until then. Not too many people who stop by for a visit go upstairs, so a few holiday things out right now upstairs won't make me look to crazy!!

Saves me time after Thanksgiving when I have to decorate the whole house.

Add a little wreath where you'd least expect it.

See the feet? Don't look too bad.

Added my favorite holiday book for the Christmas theme.

My tradition is to read this every year...and every year I cry.

It is a MUST read. "A Cup of Christmas Tea" by Tom Hegg.

Hope you enjoyed the makeover...get out some paint and give it a try. Turn your trash into a treasure.


  1. The dresser facelift is great and it's perfect for that space!

  2. What a great idea for more storage...we can never have too much storage!

  3. That is a great idea for extra storage!

  4. how very cool is amaze ime..and the book...a must around here every season...x

  5. I just loved the way it turned out! Seriously crazy about turning old, damaged stuff into something beautiful and useful. You did a great job!

  6. You are so smart!! Thanks for all your wonderful ideas. I liked your sewing table tute as well. Warmest wishes.

  7. Great job!I love when you can use something that you have around by just changing it a bit. We can always use extra storage!

  8. Karen, you are so creative. I don't know where you find the time to do all these projects.

  9. You did a wonderful job on the dresser. Well done.

  10. That certainly is a 'treasure'!! And I lve the wearth beside it - that could get changed with the season!! Nicely done!!

  11. See....that's my problem! I always think you have to go to all the extra trouble to refinish sanding, and basecoats, finish coats, sealers......WAY too much trouble, so I never do it!

    THANK YOU for showing me the light! lol

    And I LOVE that you left the towels in the drawers! Yay! I learn so much from you! You rock, Karen!

  12. algun motivo para no pintar las patas del comodin?saludosGm

  13. Love! I'm ready for a little "winter" decorating(so no one thinks I'm crazy)

  14. Beautiful!!! What a cute spot now!!! As for the book. That is my absolute fave too!!! I remember reading it the first time it was in Guideposts magazine. I was thrilled to get it as a book...I would make my family and friends sit still and let me read it to them each year. Tears flowing down my face. When I get old...I want to keep Christmas just like that (sans the cane!!).

  15. I just discovered your blog and am sure enjoying all the information that you share. I read this post and had to smile when I saw the book you have out for Christmas as I read this book to my children when they were little every year and it is out in our living room every Christmas to be read now that my children are adults living away from home. We grew up loving and caring for the elderly and this book expresses the value of having a connection with someone with years of life wisdom.

    Thank you for some great inspiration.

  16. I have that book....I pull it out for Christmas every year, along with 3 others. Love it.


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