Thursday, October 1, 2009

DIY Dresser Makeover

Ever since I discovered the DIY Show Off a few months ago, my creative juices have been flowing. So, when I saw this old, beat up dresser on Craigslist, I figured it would be the perfect piece to test out my new interest.

I paid $40 for this puppy. It sat in the garage for a few weeks, while I stewed about color.

We removed the hardware and gave it a good sanding before painting it. Despite my suggestion to use spray paint, like most of the DIYers, Mr. Tote insisted on using regular, semi-gloss paint. Fine. He likes to paint, so he ended up painting most of it. We purchased a gallon of the white so we can use it on other projects. With Mr. Tote's connections, the gallon cost $22 (normally $40). The white is some kind of "Seashell White" from O'Leary's/Caulkins (Forgive me. I have a head cold and can't remember for the life of me what the name of the color is) and the top is Valspar's Fired Earth. The white has just a bit of gray in it and the dark color is a very, very dark brown/gray, but not black. We bought a paint sample size of the Valspar for $4. The hardware is from Menard's. I got a great deal on these, at only 99 cents each! They are brushed nickel with black streaks.

Total cost for this project was $74, but we have enough white paint to paint every piece of furniture I set my sights on for the next year.

I'm sending this off to Roeshel at the DIY Show Off and will be participating in her surprise party. FUN!


  1. Hi there. The dresser looks fabulous!!!!
    I love the contrast.


    P.S. Is that you in your wedding dress in the water?! My goodness, gracious!! You may just be the most exciting bride on the planet!!! ;) Love that!

  2. WOW! You guys did an amazing job with it and such a great deal! It's gorgeous! I love it in white - so many pretty details that I couldn't see in the before photo and the hardware you chose is awesome!

    Thanks so much for adding your inspirational dresser to the Show & Tell!

    Feel better! :)


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