Dresser Revamp, New York City Style

At Makin’ My Apt a Home, Arod’s daughter has been wanting a New York City theme for her bedroom.  Mom decided to make it a reality, and the first step was transforming this hand-me-down dresser.


To give this worn-out old dresser some city style, Arod started by stripping down the finish on the dresser top and then stained it.  Using chalk paint, she painted the drawers dark gray with a crisp, white border.  Next, Arod used some inexpensive sign stencils to write the names of different city streets onto the drawers.  She lined the drawers with NYC-themed fabric, and finished the project with a set of pretty glass knobs.  Perfection!


To get all the details on this makeover, visit Makin’ My Apt a Home.

Chalk Paint Treatment for Curbsite Hutch

Sondra Lyn of Sondra Lyn at Home has her husband to thank for this brilliant curbside find. He spotted this hutch one night while walking the dog and immediately took her out to see it. Once they lugged it home, the fun began!


Sondra Lyn created her own chalk paint, which went on beautifully. (As you can see, she left the inside of the hutch and the top of the buffet base alone.) She distressed lightly with a sanding block and then switched out the wooden knobs for gorgeous brass pulls and glass knobs. I’m pretty sure Sondra snagged two keepers here (the hutch and her husband)!

White-Chalk-Painted-HutchYou can read more about Sondra Lyn’s makeover (and get her DIY paint recipe) at Sondra Lyn at Home.

Update for a Favorite Dresser

When this dresser fell into Rachel’s hands, it had come straight from her grandmother’s attic, painted a brilliant color of orange.  Rachel painted with a much more subdued shade of grass green, and it’s been that way for several years now, she explains at Maison de Pax.


Recently, however, Rachel’s developed a serious love of gray.  She decided it was time to add a gray dresser to her collection of pretty gray things, so this dresser underwent a transformation.  Still liking the two-toned look of stained wood and paint, Rachel left the top of the dresser as it was, and painted the rest of the dresser using Pebble Beach by Country Chic Paint.  She also removed the wooden drawer pulls and replaced them with pretty pink glass knobs.  Lovely!


Visit Maison de Pax to get more details on the techniques used to refinish this vintage dresser.

Dressed Up Dresser

Meredith & Gwyneth, the New Yorkie, literally rescued this dresser from the jaws of the NYC sanitation truck that was getting a dumpster of trash.  Can you imagine that scene?

At home, they lovingly refreshed it with paint and new knobs.  It fits just perfectly next to the {pink!} front door of their apartment.   The gray color lets it be a neutral canvas for the delightful accessories it’s been topped with, but the pretty glass knobs keep it from being too dull.  I love the addition of a pretty tassel to the drawers, too.

Vist Meredith & Gwyneth, the New Yorkie to read more about the makeover.

Paint and Stain Dresser

This antique dresser was on its way to the thrift store when Jessica from Running with Scissors snagged it from her brother-in-law. She had been on the lookout for a dresser to provide extra storage in her kids’ closet. This freebie was perfect for the job – warped drawers, water-stained top, and all!

antique dresser before

Jessica painted the bottom, sanded and stained the top, and restored the original glass hardware. She now loves it so much that this once “piece of junk” actually ended up replacing the dresser that was in the room! No reason to hide beauty in the closet!

antique dresser after
Check out the tutorial at Running with Scissors.