It’s hard to believe I got this awesome piece for just $4.99 at a thrift store when I wasn’t even looking for furniture! Talk about luck!
First, I sanded it all down. I used low numbered (?) sand paper so that went pretty quickly.
Then I painted everything with CeCe Caldwell’s Paint in Maine Harbor Blue. I love this paint because it’s all natural and has no scent AND it’s washable, so you can paint inside! And that’s exactly what I did!
Once everything was dry, I inserted the shelves in the place of the first two drawers.
I had to nail one in because it didn’t match up completely, but the other is just sitting on the supports, which is fine in case I ever want to take it out.
You can still see the streaks from the CeCe Caldwell’s clear wax I put on to seal in the paint. That will sink in the wood a little more over time, but I think it gives it a little more personality, so I’m okay with the fact that it won’t completely even out.
The drawer knobs are the original ones from the dresser. I did absolutely nothing to those.
The baskets are from TJ Maxx and are great for hiding things, like DVDs. I kept the bottom drawer for things like extra cords and procedure manuals; stuff that never looks good out in the open, but is hard to hide on a shelf.
All in all I ended up spending about $50 to redo the dresser. I spent about $20 on the paint, $20 on the wood for the shelves, and around $10 for the finish and polyurethane. I’ve definitely seen dressers like this go for much more than that in shabby chic shops, so I’m happy with how much this cost me.
I’ll be linking up with some DIY linky parties, so I can’t wait to see some of the other projects!:
My dresser is also being featured at Alderberry Hill!