I almost threw it away.
And you wouldn’t have blamed me!
My husband and I used this antique dresser for years before we handed it down to our little boys… and they used it for several years before I decided it was ready for the garage sale “freebie” pile.
The drawers stuck terribly.
The mirror had literally fallen off (and apart).
The wood was dry and the finish was chipped.
And I would rather tackle calculus than try to refinish a piece of furniture!
So I decided to chunk the dresser and replace it with something used (but sturdy) off Craigslist.
Around this same time I was hunting for “something” pretty and practical for a boring wall in our dining room.
I admired the beautiful furniture at home decor stores, but good grief- $250 for a skinny side table?
Not this mama.
I think I was literally hauling the old dresser out of the house when a wave of inspiration hit me.
I dragged it into my dining room and shoved it against the boring wall.
My very visionary eyes beheld the finished project-
Here’s what I did to create a pretty “farmhouse” style buffet out of an old, worn out dresser:
(I think I finished it in a single day.)
1. Stripped out the bottom drawers (but left the smaller drawers on top).
I ended up using the bulky, bottom drawers for another project. 🙂
2. My husband cut the wooden drawer piece out using a skill saw.
This made room for my pretty baskets later on!
3. Lightly sanded the wood to make it a little more “raw” and smooth out the chipped spots.
I did this with a piece of sandpaper from the Dollar Store.
I took a chalk board that my mom made for me (out of an old cabinet door) and matched the red paint at Walmart (or had my husband match it, I should say. I never pick out paint, and there are good reasons why!).
I think I gave the dresser two coats of paint (the hard part was waiting long enough between coats to let it dry!).
4. After the paint had completely dried: a little more sanding.
This time, I very lightly sanded the edges of the dresser legs, and anywhere I wanted a slightly “worn” look. This gives an authentic “shabby” look to my “farmhouse” decor… I love it!
5. To finish off the look, I added two wire “industrial” baskets in the bottom drawer space.
The rooster wall art is a hand-me-down… the mason jars hold a few favorite bulk spices and are displayed in a vintage wooden crate (a thrift store find), the wooden rooster came from a local home decor shop.
A few more peeks around my “farmhouse” dining room and kitchen…
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This post is linked at Miss Mustard Seed.