dresser make-over

Somewhere between Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, I needed a break from cooking, baking, eating and cleaning…

I decided to tackle a sweet little project that has been kinda stewing on the back burner for over a year! When my MIL passed a year ago last October, I ‘inherited’ ((that is, took ownership of, since no one else apparently knitted/crocheted)) a dresser. A rather plain, inexpensive, simple plywood veneered dresser used to store yarn and miscellaneous notions in her ‘craft’ room.

I’ve been wanting to give Plain Jane/Clumsy Cleo a little make-over ever since I took occupancy of my basement workroom last December. I think she deserves a little TLC !! (Don’t we all??)

BEFORE: (Naturally, I jump right in and didn’t think to take a ‘before’ photo!)

The bare bones…


The three drawers and old hardware/drawer pulls…

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A rather simple three-drawer dresser; not a particular awesome antique/vintage piece. Still, worthy of a low-investment upgrade!!


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Amazing what a little left-over latex (black) house paint can do to lift a girl’s spirit!! I also added a touch of gray to the only wood accent trim piece (below the first drawer)! I removed the old drawer pulls, patched one of the holes with wood putty from each drawer pull and replaced them with ‘new’ gray ceramic knobs I found at Hobby Lobby for 1/2-off!! Woot!!

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I ‘finished’ her with a paste wax rub-down!

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I think she had a successful day at the spa!! She’s a welcome addition to my workroom!


My latest flea market find… a back-to-school desk!! WOOT!!

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Katie wants a desk for her bedroom apartment when she returns to E Lansing in the fall. At home, it’s not unusual to park and do homework at the kitchen table! [ Our kitchen has always been a beehive of activity! ]

The desk is in excellent condition and the price was R I G H T !! The difficulty will be agreeing on a make-over design. I defer to Barb Blair at Knack Studios. Her book and portfolio provide loads of inspiration!

I’m feeling pressured :: with the Armada Fair less than two weeks away :: to get all my projects completed in time. YIKES!!

Hurry. Hurry.


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Speaking of lavender…


I make use of every nook and cranny, when it comes time to hide¬†store lavender!! This dried lavender (occupying ALL the drawers) will need to vacate the premises sooner than later!! It’s a beautiful oak dresser that I found at the flea market last year. Katie will need a dresser when she moves into an apartment [no more dorm room!! YAY] this September!

I’m totally in L O V E with Barb Blair, owner of K N A C K. Do you know it?? Oh my, her furniture design concept is fantastic!!! She is truly an inspiration… and a gifted artist!!

I think my current planned make-over will be minimal: light sanding, stain, seal [poly or wax] the exterior shell. The drawer fronts will be sanded/prepped, drawer pulls removed, holes patched/plugged and replaced with knobs of Katie’s choice and FINALLY painted gray.

Can’t wait to begin the process!!