Monday, June 13, 2011

Dresser Transformation Take #2

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your input on the painting of our nursery. You guys are incredible and I am so grateful for your advice. It is EXACTLY what I needed to seal the deal. I can’t wait to show you guys what we decided on. Stick around, it should be coming in the next couple of weeks.

Last October I did my first furniture refinishing. A lot of you weren’t here then, so I’ll let you in on what happened. I found a fantastic dresser on KSL – old, scratched, dented, really banged up.
I sanded, painted, glazed, and finished with polyurethane to become this.
One big problem….I didn’t like it. What I had pictured in my head is NOT what was sitting before me.

Fast forward a few months and we started changing everything up in our house. This was my chance to change the dresser as well. It’s in my son’s room where we have a sports theme. One of my favorite things in the room is the border.
It gave me the inspiration I needed for the colors. I was thinking navy, glazed with the darker blue (similar to what you see in the border). Here’s the new dresser:
I filled in the floral designs with Wood Filler (since so many of you suggested they were too feminine for a boys’ room and I had to agree). I also swapped out the aged bronze hardware for brushed nickel.
I didn’t end up glazing it, because I thought I had a dark enough blue for the glaze, but when I started applying it, you couldn’t even see it. Oh well! I still really like it better this way.

Remember how I mentioned we moved my son into a “big boy bed” last week? Earlier this year I found a headboard at my local thrift store for $5. That got painted as well to match the dresser.
I know you all love the bedding right now, right? Haha! Don’t worry, I’m working on it.

Riley Blake Designs recently came out with the perfect line for that project – Play Ball.
I just happen to be lucky enough to have in my possession a layer cake of this line (thanks to one of my best friends and the quilters’ market meet-up.)

I’m still pretty hazy on how I should do the quilt, so if any of you have a great quilt design that I could use my layer cake for, PLEASE tell me about it!!!!!

Step-by-step things are finally coming together in my house – YAY!

So what do you think? Dresser Transformation #2 better???


  1. The blue looks amazing. Love love love it!

  2. love it! and I love that you painted the bed to match! Great eye!

  3. I LOVE the new dresser! It's way more fun for a boy's room. The color is awesome and I agree about loving that border. My poor boys need a new room. :) thanks for the inspiration.

  4. The blue is much better for his room! The white was pretty but would look better in a different place. Good job on the re-do! As for the quilt, maybe you could try piecing squares on a diagonal with a fun border at the top (maybe with some applique work?) Check out quilts on pinterest for some great ideas. That fabric is perfect!

  5. Much better. The blue is perfect for that room.

  6. I love the blue! It adds so much more character to that room. It is awesome and I am sure your son loves it.

  7. You have given my dresser from the 90's hope! Now I just need to find time to empty the dresser and start with the wood filler! Did you use spray paint for the blue or something else. This is very, very, very beautiful!


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