Shabby Chic Dresser

The dresser, in stages:

I. Dusty rose. Dirty.

Before + After: antique dresser

II. Stripped. New hardware. A lame attempt at bringing a “barn furniture” look to my bedroom.

Before + After: antique dresser

III. $20 of primer and paint later — a clean look.

Dresser, after

I am glad I was adventurous enough to paint a checkerboard on top. I think it gives this a little more character, without looking like a worn out barn.

Dresser, after

Dresser, after

I changed out the lamp and voila — a shabby chic dresser that matches my bed and keeps the colors in this crazy room to a minimum. (The walls are painted purple and orange; I’m renting this sweet home, and my painting commitment extends only to what I own.)

Dresser, after

I fought the urge to buy a new lamp and instead used something from another room. I love that big white beehive lamp — and I’ll use it more in my office.

Total investment in this project:

Dresser — free

Hardware — $20 at Hobby Lobby

Paint supplies — $26, including lining for the drawers

Time — 5 hours over 4 days


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