Trash to Treasure – Serena & Lily Dupe

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3 Hours

A friend/neighbor tipped me off that this bureau was on the curb waiting for the garbage trucks in our neighborhood, so I dragged my oldest son along in our golf cart to help me get it. He just loves when I do that. LOL

The piece was dated, as were the handles. It was also pretty dirty. It just needed a paint job and some TLC, and that is exactly what I gave it.

Here is the before.

When I got it home I realized it was Lexington furniture piece. A well-known and high quality brand. In other words, a good score.

Now, what to do with it? It obviously needed a paint job. To the garage I went to check my paint supply stash. I still had some white cabinet/furniture paint left over from a my guest bedroom makeover, so I planned to use that. Then, I found several different tan colors as well. That is when it occurred to me that I could try to go for a Serena & Lily/Coastal look. Here are a few inspiration pieces for sale on the Serena and Lily web site. These retail for over $4000! This was the look I was aiming for.

Mercer Dresser, $4998

Mercer Dresser

Bar Island Dresser, $4298

Step 1, Clean…

I cleaned the piece up as best as I could before I did anything. I also took off the handles.

Step 2, Paint…

I started with the white paint and painted only the edges of the dresser. Next, I used the tan color for the wicker part. At first I used a color called Windsor Greige.

Hmmmm, I wasn’t loving the Greige. Fortunately I had another tan color called Sand Beach so I put a coat of that on. Yup, I liked that shade much better. It is subtle difference, but is definitely lighter and more ‘coastal’ looking in my eyes.

Step 3, New Hardware…

Next up was changing the hardware. I headed to Lowes to see what handles they had available. All the gold ones I liked cost about $6 each. Instead, I opted for these inexpensive ones ($2 each) and sprayed painted them gold. I already had a can of gold spray paint at home.

Silver Handles

Spray Painted Gold

That was pretty much all I did with this makeover. Sounds easy, but it did take me many hours of painting to accomplish this look. Maybe next time you see a piece of furniture on the side of the road you can grab it and give it a makeover (or call me and I will – LOL).

Here is the finally outcome. I love it! I sold it pretty quickly for $200. Not a bad profit! I love finding these treasures.

One last before and after…



What do you think of my Serena & Lily Dresser Dupe?

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  • Nrae Nrae on Mar 22, 2022

    Was the piece already textured to look like wicker?

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  • Debbie Debbie on Mar 21, 2022

    What a beautiful eye you have. You did a great job and I love the colors! I might have to start searching my neighborhood for furniture throw aways!! I cannot imagine anyone throwing away a Lexington furniture piece, though. Worth much more than $200!

    • The House house The House house on Mar 21, 2022

      Thank you so much. I appreciate that.

      I can't believe the stuff people throw away! I found all kinds of good stuff.

  • CaliGal CaliGal on Mar 21, 2022

    I frequently stop and pick up free items from the curb if I get a vision of a repurpose or updated look. Great find!!