Wanna know what a bunch of drill holes can do for an ugly old dresser?Yeah, didn't think so. Though give me a chance to explain - I think you're going to be pleasantly surprised!Anyone can do this at home and the results are truly special.I've summarised this tutorial slightly for Home Talk. You can find the full how-to here on my blog.
With three kids of different ages, the toys in my house are multiplying fast. Because of this, I’m always on the look out for practical toy storage ideas (see .I decided to tackle the soft toys mess in my daughters bedroom first.Instead of keeping them in your average big container, I decided to build this hanging soft toy storage shelf just above her bed. I love that it has a modern look and fits into the design of our homeMATERIALS NEEDED:¼ of 12mm plywood board1 lumber of 1in. X 2in. X 8 ft10 ft. of rubber band (or bungee rope as some call it)A wooden ring – bought here1 ft. of ropeWood gluewhite paint –TOOLS NEEDED:sawdrillstaple guntrigger clampsruler and a pencilpair of scissorsPaint brush
I found this sweet antique dresser at a thrift shop when I was out of town. I wasn’t sure I would have enough room for it . . . unless I left one of my traveling companions behind. But luckily for my traveling companions I was able to squeeze it into my truck and bring it home.
I bought this dresser two years ago. Three of the four drawers had broken wooden glides and the top had a crack from the front to the back. I ended up keeping it for myself instead of selling it. I recently replaced it in my home with a hutch so had to find a new purpose for it. This is what I decided to do.
This dresser was up for sale on my local marketplace website and he was looking for offers around $100 (Hell no) I offered him $20 because I wanted to try and restore it as my next DIY project, which was very ambitious. My Son said he would only offer a match to burn it as firewood.
As much as I love painting furniture in bright colors, I know yellow is not for everyone. This is why I love when my customers go bold like this couple did. They were half way into the pregnancy but decided to find out their baby's gender only after birth. The nursery had to be ready though, so they decided the dresser/changing table should colorful and festive.
This is how this pine dresser looked before.
Look what I found! I have been wanting to this kind of ladies dresser for so long and was so excited to drag her home with me.I had recently updated a Gentleman's Dresser (Blog post: A New Suit for a Gentleman) and now it was time to get some pretty on.
An old dresser is updated with paint and sanding. The final result is a look that is inspired by the Balayage hair coloring - a gradual change in color! This small dresser is beautiful, with some engraved detailing and small casters on the bottom. But it was left in the corner, un-used and ignored. Now it is a centerpiece, ready to grab our attention, and help store things in our home.
Anyone who DIY's has probably had a project that just does not come together as hoped. A project that seems to fight you on every level and at every turn. This was that project. I purchased this dresser on craigslist for $30. It is solid and really, really, really heavy! Like, T-rex heavy! There was damage to the veneer around the whole bottom and deep gouges and scratches on the top, so I decided I would paint the dresser a nice glossy black and stain the drawer fronts. In my haste to get started, I forgot to take a picture of the dresser so the picture below is one I found on the web that is similar.