I just spent two days visiting my younger sister, Emily, and her family in San Diego. I did not have as long of a visit as I wanted, but I did leave her with a little dresser makeover during my brief stay.
Her dressers have a lovely shape and I like the scalloped edge along the bottom. The finish was well-worn and outdated, but that was easy to fix. The first morning I was there, we headed to Home Depot and bought some supplies and got right to work!
She also had a little lamp with a garage sale lampshade that I wanted to recover.
I used some vintage bird and floral fabric that Emily got from our older sister, when she cleaned out her massive fabric collection.
Below are pictures of the finish before and after.
I used a palm sander to even out the surface and remove the old stain before primering. Then, I painted two coats of pale gray.
When the paint dried, I distressed all the edges, so that the white, base coat and the original wood showed through in places.
We originally wanted to buy crystal knobs for the dressers, but in an effort to save money, we spray painted the existing knobs silver.
I used things that she had around her house to decorate her dresser. I love the blues, silvers and grays together. Emily loves birds, so I paired her ceramic bird with the bird fabric on her new lampshade. She has several of the beautiful, old, blue mason jars with the original lids from garage sales and she got the l-o-v-e letters as a wedding gift.
This is just a start. Emily is going to finish painting the other two dressers herself. I think it is a huge improvement already and I can't wait to see her room when it is all done!
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