Today I wanted to share a fun DIY project that my husband and I recently completed. Our master bedroom furniture used to be a hodge podge collection of random pieces. We really wanted to create a nice, uniform look and feel among the pieces in our bedroom but didn’t want to spend tons of money on a set from a pricey furniture store.
So our quest began on Craigslist, where we picked up this dresser (along with a matching nightstand, mattress and frame for our guest bedroom) for $150. It was in fantastic condition, but just very standard and cookie cutter in terms of style. We kept it in our bedroom for quite a while, trying to figure out how we should update/paint it.
Then during a random trip to TJ Maxx, I stumbled upon two beautiful shabby chic nightstands on clearance! I love the weathered look and the storage with all the drawers!
So, these nightstands became the inspiration for how I wanted the dresser to look. My husband and I set up the dresser in the garage and got our materials together and finished everything over the course of a weekend! We used a primer and then two coats of paint. I found matching drawer pulls on eBay (which was WAY cheaper than going to a home improvement store) and here is the end result!
Although I wanted to attempt the weathering look with Vaseline, the dresser wasn’t constructed with real wood throughout so sanding it and staining it would have been a lost cause, not to mention the finish was really glossy. Either way, I think it is a close match and really ties the room together! Not bad for some primer, paint and new hardware!
Have you ever painted any furniture to give it a new look? What tricks do you have for updating pieces that you already have?
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