Since the weather is finally starting to warm up, I can feel myself switching back to "summer" colors after a long winter full of grey and black! I picked up this antique dresser last week, and here's what I did to bring some life to it:
I absolutely love secretary desks, they're my weakness when it comes to picking furniture! I found this very well loved piece last week, and new it was just calling out for a chic new look.. I've seen this style of desks around a lot; I've probably refinished 6 or 7 of them myself this past year. And every time I do one I think to myself, "why am I doing another secretary desk? It takes forever to paint all of those cubbies on the top, it's such a hassle, etc"; but when I see the end product, I'm in love all over again!
I picked up this piece a few months back at a thrift store for $20! I likely would have passed it by, even for only $20, but I saw the beautiful wood grain underneath that badly damaged veneer and knew it had potential!
This pair of Art Deco nightstands were in need of some serious help. 80 years of use had taken quite a toll on them, so after a few repairs, a little chalk paint, and some distressing they turned out stunning!
Our guest bedroom is tiny and I was in dire need of a long and narrow desk to maximize the 90 sq/ft space. After searching high and low for something I liked (that was also in my price range), I decided to make my own. Here is how I built a custom, industrial style, desk without using any power tools!
I've spent the past couple of weeks giving our standard "builders grade" guest bathroom a makeover. Since I was working on a pretty limited budget and wanted to maximize style without breaking the bank, I opted for some major cosmetic updates that would give it a more modern look.
Our backyard area was in dire need of help! This is how we transformed our "weed garden" into a more manageable space. You can also check out my blog for the full details: www.alchemy-home.net
The minute I stepped foot in the kitchen of our new house, I started envisioning it with a backsplash; and before we'd even closed on our house, I had a Pinterest board full of inspiration pictures and ideas.
Hiring a professional to do our backsplash was definitely way out of our budget range. We ended up spending only around $300 on all of our materials to DIY it, instead of paying thousands of dollars to hire someone!
I found this gorgeous antique dresser a while back and was totally in love! My favorite part is the carved detailing around the edges and bottom, but the wood on the piece was so dark you could barely even tell it was there!
This vintage dresser was a Craigslist find! It was pretty worn out, and needed several structural repairs, but I had to have it! The lady that I bought it from said it belonged to her grandparents, who received it in the 1940s as a wedding gift (I can't believe she parted with it, but it was my lucky day!!)
Located in Alexandria, Virginia, AlchemyHome creates one-of-a-kind home decor, uniquely painted world maps, as well as custom refinished vintage furniture, from the Metro DC area across the globe! www.alchemyhomedecor.etsy.com