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This dresser started off in rough shape. It was painted almost completely black and not done well at that. I sanded the entire dresser down to the wood grain, except for the top. I only did a rough sanding on the top because I knew I would be repainting it. I rough sanded the top with an 80 grit sanding block and then a 120 grit sanding block. I used a combination of my power sander and hand sanding for the rest of the piece. Once I had everything sanded down the way I wanted it I stained the drawers and let them dry over night. After staining the drawers I used my stencil to apply a design to the front of the two larger drawers. I painted the base in between staining the drawers and adding the stenciled design.
A client I had in the past msgd me asking for a dresser for her master bedroom! Gave me the general idea of what she was wanting and I got to work on what I thought would be the best one for her. Eventually I found the perfect one! And oversized antique! I love when clients get me to do something colour wise out of my comfort zone!
With Spring finally here, I was inspired to finally complete a project that I have considered for some time. Reusing a galvanized bucket from my daughter's wedding and modern metal legs removed from an old sofa, I created a DIY Footed Bucket Planter.
Tomatoes are the highlight of the garden! Here’s a beginner guide to growing tomatoes, including which type to pick, how to plant them, and how to keep the plants healthy.
We always knew we wanted raised garden beds built with rocks. I am sharing how we built them and what we learned along the way.These days, it seems that everyone is talking about and having raised garden beds. There are so many advantages to them so that we finally decided to put some in our garden.But we didn’t want to build them from wood or metal. I wanted them to blend into the garden of our 1910 Victorian shingle-style home. So we needed something else. Finding that solution is what kept us from putting them in for a while.Now, I am so happy to report we did!
I am SO excited about this dresser makeover! I had been looking for a MCM dresser for a long time and was thrilled when I finally spotted one at Goodwill for $15.00. It was clean, in good condition and came from a smoke free house. It was a win, win win!
As you know from previous blog posts, not too long ago I was able to score a truckload of free furniture off the Facebook Marketplace. It included a sideboard cabinet without drawers which the Hubs and I repurposed into a kitchen island. You can see it HERE if you haven’t already. It also included a long dresser and a shorter dresser. It also included this vintage dresser. Now, onto the free vintage dresser makeover.
Just because it's a dresser doesn't mean it has to go in the bedroom. I took two small dressers and turned them into a unique focal point (which included a vinyl tree on the wall) with some paint and cut out letters. And of course a quote I loved. Dec 2015 UPDATE: I've had several ask about the tree. I got it on eBay at the time but you can find several stores on Amazon that carry it though its a bit pricer. VINYL TREES TO PURCHASE
Sharing how Miss Mustard Seed’s Tricycle paint transformed a hand-me-down dresser to become the star of the show in my children’s “new” bedroom. This blog post features the step-by-step tutorial to show you how to work with this fun paint medium to update any piece of furniture. Happy Painting!
Have you seen the Drip Technique storm across the Furniture Up-cycling community? It is increasingly becoming more popular amongst Furniture Artists! Drip Painting is a form of abstract art in which paint is dripped or poured onto the surface. Plus it is very fun and easy to do, follow along as we tell you how Aj's Vintage Designs did this Technique to her dresser with Dixie Belle Paint and Products!
Have you seen the textured furniture at places like Home Goods or TJ Maxx? Don't get me wrong, they are cute, but the price is high for something that is often not made of real wood!Follow these steps and I'll show you how to texturize your own piece of furniture. I promise, you will be surprised how easy it is!
And yet another barn project : ) Nemesis came home with me the same day that "Lola" did (if you are not familiar with Lola, she's a project I posted a couple weeks ago). Unlike Lola, Nemesis was in rather good shape as she had been kept in a room in the barn , not out in the dusty barn itself. I would also never call her 'quiet' , 'unassuming' or 'shy'. I had purchased some paint for another project that I had already started, but 'she' thought that the color blue would look outstanding on herself and would not be denied! I gave in to her petulant self and began the process of making her a true 'prima donna'.
Does the thought of painting furniture seem overwhelming? Over the years we’ve painted over 100 pieces of furniture and learned a few tips and tricks along the way. Since we started using the Wagner sprayer we felt like we’ve died and gone to painter’s heaven. In fact, using a paint sprayer is so much easier than you think!We’ve shared how quickly we were able to paint all of the interior doors in Steph’s house with the Wagner sprayer.While today we’d like to share how to use the detailed spray nozzle to get a beautiful smooth finish while painting furniture.You’ll also find tips for prepping the furniture before paint, tips for sticky drawers, as well as how to apply gilding for a little bit of glam.These furniture pieces were painted for a client. You’ll see the transformation of a vintage dresser and vanity. Once we were finished, they looked so beautiful I wanted to keep them for myself.This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Please see our disclosure here for details.
This was a dresser that was left in the new house my daughter recently purchased and she loved the style. The only issue was the dresser was really a piece of trash which I could not tell from the image she sent me. I told her to send it over and I would fix it up and give it the same geometric makeover I gave the headboard. Well, when the dresser arrived you can imagine how my face dropped it was a heap of junk. But I have restored worse than this so I decided to have a go fixing it up.
In an effort to create some much needed storage for my children's bedroom that is also pretty, I updated an old dresser by adding Photowall's amazing wallpaper to it. This step-by-step blog post featuring picture and video tutorials showcases how to add wallpaper to an old Ikea dresser to create a custom and beautiful piece of furniture!
I have painted many pieces of furniture in my time and I try to keep things exciting and fresh but it's not always easy. I had a pair of French Provincial nightstands in need of a makeover and went in with no plan whatsoever and just decided to have fun and experiment a little with these.
Looking around my home I realized I was tired of seeing the same old look - of plain glass containers - some I had gotten at thrift stores - like vases, jars and even glasses - and wanted to change things up a bit. I decided to shop my home - looking at things with a fresh eye to see what I could give a new look to.
I don't know about you but I’ve been eyeing these tall decorative leaves for a while. They pop up every now and then in cool Boho decor. It’s a refreshing alternative to Pampa grass, which isn’t great for dust or even an option for those with allergies! I’ve been thinking about how to make palm tree leaves without weaving yarn, which would take forever on large leaves, and I came up with this method. DIY decorative palm leaves in under 1 hour!Find the detailed step-by-step here!
Slowly the laundry room is starting to change and I’m so thrilled. Without a doubt, adding the beadboard wainscoting and hooks dramatically improved the space. But today, I’m so delighted to reveal the full wall. Clearly adding a wallpaper accent wall is a game changer for this room.Now every time I walk past my laundry room, I have to pause and stare at my gorgeous wall! I think I’m going to have to replace the current door with a door with a window. It’s just too pretty to be closed off!When I started making plans for updating my laundry room, I began looking at wallpaper. I knew that a wallpaper accent wall would definitely add some pizzazz to my room. Perhaps, it would even make doing the laundry fun. 😉 One can hope right?So I was ecstatic to receive an email from Photowall wallpaper, asking us to try their wallpaper and share the results with our readers.This post is sponsored by Photowall, however all the comments and opinions are my own.
I know, I know I'm late getting on the vase makeover train but I was looking for a specific spackling that I could never find here locally. Rather than give up completely on the idea I came up with a two step, kid friendly and cheaper way to get a pottery look.
I've been wanting to create a DIY rattan mirror for a while but rattan reeds are only manageable up until a certain thickness. Larger reeds, like the kind used to make furniture, are hard to bend even if properly soaked! Was that going to stop me from making a rattan mirror? Of course not, if something doesn’t work, you start looking for workarounds!I tried a few designs and materials and finally landed on the right one. Guess what, it’s not rattan, it’s raffia AKA “faux” rattan because the overall look is very similar! So grab a bunch of natural raffia and read on to find out how to make a rattan mirror (the easy way)!
I like to browse Anthropologie when looking for style inspiration. I’d seen the Anthropologie Gleaming Primrose Mirror dupes floating around but I wasn’t feeling it. But then: it happened. I fell in love with a mirror. It’s true. The Cecilia Mirror. But then I saw the price and I promptly took off my rose colored glasses and hopped on the DIY train.
If you have wondered how to diy a roman shade I’ve got you covered! This tutorial is simple and for a beginner which is why I can do it and you can too! Several years ago I attended a beginner sewing class hoping I would become the next Martha Stewart. Although that never happened I did learn some sewing basics and how to sew a roman shade, which I am so glad to know. When I say basics I mean I can sew a relatively straight line and that is all the sewing skills you need to make a roman shade. PIN THIS!
Artful and functional, wood risers are the most versatile item to complete a vignette. These low-rise pedestals can be used as cake stands, centerpieces, and trivets on the dining table or to display candles and planters on a console. This DIY wood riser is engraved using a Dremel tool. I hope you give engraving a try if you’ve never done it before. It’s such a relaxing activity – engraving is the new meditation!Find the detailed step-by-step here!
I’ve created some awesome projects from scrap wood, old furniture and pallets and was absolutely thrilled when the international delivery company let me keep the shipping pallets that held our belongings during their journey from Berlin to Toronto:
I had a client who was moving into her new dream home and wanted to save on the furniture budget. Since this dresser was free to her and made of solid wood, she hired me to to give it a face lift and make it fit with her current decor.
Check out this patio project that we did here for my covered deck off of the main dining area. Using recycled pallets and Cushion Foam from Fairfield World-– my ManCrafts team and I made a cushioned sofa seat. This project is great because it turns something old that might be considered trash into an adorable and comfortable piece of furniture.
I'm currently in the process of renovating our kid's small playroom. Last week I finished this EPIC IKEA hack using two TROFAST storage units. And this week we'll be tackling the book situation. Basically, we'll be building a DIY book display.
I wanted to repurpose my garden hoses. I had 2 that were no longer good for using as hoses. The heavy duty one sprung a leak and the light duty one kept kinking up when I tried to use it for watering. I kept the broken hoses because there are a lot of things you can use them for to repurpose. I planned on turning them into a plant trellis using a left over wooden upright from my garage shelf renovation as the trellis frame.