Three Drawer Dresser Makeover
For the past few weeks, it’s been feeling like fruit basket turnover inside the house. Did you guys ever play that game? I had a million things on my to do list but I found myself spending all day moving furniture – again – one day last week.
The entry used to look like this until we built a cabinet that suited our need for more “storage” space. And by “storage” I mean my growing ironstone collection.
Originally I moved the cabinet by the kitchen table because I swore the ironstone display would be so pretty by the table.
I left it like that for a day, even styling it a different way, until I decided it competed way too much with the fireplace.
So I tried moving the cabinet to the entry and it has been there ever since. But I’m thinking about trying it in my office. I know. I’ll keep you posted.
With the new cabinet in place (maybe), I had a decision to make. What should I put under the EAT letters? I honestly could have left it the way it’s been for a few years. I really liked the way everything was displayed there.
Yet in an effort to give my favorite areas a fresh look, I decided to try the dresser that was in the entry by the kitchen table. It looked like a sideboard and I loved it – mostly. I loved the style, the perfect height, the drawers for storage, and the vintage casters.
But something was…off…it felt like now there was too much painted furniture in the same area. So I decided the only way to keep what I love and balance all those painted pieces was to sand the top of the dresser down to the bare wood.
I know this doesn’t look like a big piece of wood but it took forever to sand this top down. My arms felt like jello when I finished.
I couldn’t sand all of the paint out of the wood grain either. But it doesn’t bother me in the least.
The wood was so thirsty after the sanding. My brother in law got me this bottle of Howard’s Feed and Wax as one of my Christmas gifts and I love this stuff (Thanks, Jess). It smells like oranges and slides across a piece of wood like butter. Look at the difference one coat made on this dresser top.
This little beauty is on wheels and when I put her beside the table under the EAT sign, I knew she’d found a new home. It’s a subtle enough change that it makes the area look a little brighter but not so much of a change that it competes with the fireplace.
After all, it’s looking really cozy this summer.
See you guys back here tomorrow. After all this moving around there’s one table still standing and I’ll tell you all about it.
Girl, you’ve got an eye for design! I thought the dresser looked good before but with that sanded and waxed top…perfection!! I love it!! Looks great beside the table too! Hugs!
Thank you, Angie! I love how it gave just enough change to make it look refreshed. I think it’s just what the space needed. Hugs, CoCo
Hey CoCo – we really love this dresser. It honestly looks fabulous wherever you place it! The new dark top finish is gorgeous and a perfect design solution. If you ever tire of it – you now where we live 🙂
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Thanks so much ladies! I really appreciate you letting me blow up your IG account as I moved furniture from place to place and back again 🙂 As you can see your advice was invaluable. Hugs, Coco
I love that change. What a sweet little dresser, especially now with the wood top. Your vignettes look great. Fresh. I’m heading down to pickers today on the hunt for a piece to go in the media room. The year of bedroom continues!
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Thanks so much, Nancy! It’s sort of weird but the wood top made it look totally different I think. It’s a subtle change but I really like it too. I hope you found what you needed for the bedroom. The shopping is my favorite part 🙂
The dresser looks great!! Awesome job! And I’m going to try out that Howard’s Feed and Wax! xoxo Brooke
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Thank you, Brooke! I love Howard’s because it smells really nice and I can see it bringing the wood back to life right before my eyes. I paint a lot of pieces but there are some species of woods that I can’t let myself paint so this product really comes in handy. Hope your weekend is awesome, CoCo
Coco, I am always so in awe of your painted pieces and the new darker top makes the white really pop. It looks fabulous! xo Lisa
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Thank you Lisa, I really appreciate it!