Posts Tagged ‘dresser’


make me pretty – quick mirror re-do

January 10, 2014

This mirror was originally part of a dresser, it still had the hardware attached. It ways a ton, with that thick old bevelled mirror. I cleaned it off and gave it two coats of chalk paint then distressed it and covered it in clear wax. I cleaned about 100 years if dirt off the mirror and now she is looking pretty sparkly.







make me pretty – stenciled dresser

October 16, 2012

One day I was walking my boys threw the alleys of my neighborhood, Jasper had just found a Playmobile pirate ship next to a dumpster and was super excited. We turned a corner and I saw these two dressers. One of my neighbors was kneeling in front of them and I thought they were spoken for but it ends up he just wanted the hardware. I went straight home and recruited my husband to load the dressers in the car. He delivered one to a friend who had been looking for a low dresser to use as a changing table. The tall one was all mine.


This would be the perfect piece to try out my new furniture stencil on. Royal Design Studio has a whole line of furniture stencils. They are smaller scale to fit well on furniture pieces. You can order from their website but they also sell their stencils on Etsy.

I love the way it turned out but I have to be honest, stencils are kind of a pain in the butt. Maybe I am just too much of a perfectionist but I had to spend a lot of time going back and touching everything up. But I guess it was all worth it because I sold the dresser within a week of putting it in my booth at the West End Antiques Mall. Pretty awesome!








darling octopus and r•home magazine – the september issue

September 5, 2012

In the new R•Home magazine my DIY article is all about using an overhead projector to paint an image onto a piece of furniture. This is a really fun technique because you can take an image from anywhere – a favorite fabric, a drawing, wallpaper, or an illustration.

For more details about the project read the article online here.

Here are some other projector projects that I found online that might inspire you!






make me pretty – our bathroom, part 1

March 21, 2012

We are in the middle of a bathroom renovation. It is taking a long time. We did it to ourselves – we have friends helping us and they are doing a really good job, and the price is right but we have to work around their schedules. So four weeks in they say it will probably be another week till we can start tiling. I just want to take a bath in my new bathtub!

But there have been complications, of course. An old house, two layers of tile, an un-level floor, crazy plumbing. So the pictures I am about to show you are not super pretty but any of you who have lived through a renovation will recognize this stage of joy! When the room goes from a giant pile of rubble into a room again. You can start to see how it is all going to come together and it is exciting!

Here’s a link to the before pictures if you missed all the green and yellow loveliness!

This is the granite we picked for our vanity counter top.

Look at all of these buttons! We have so many things to control. Things we have never had before, like a vent and a heater!

And, super bonus, we are also adding a closet into the master bedroom that was formerly closetless. A closet in our bedroom, amazing!


make me pretty – the 2nd dresser

January 26, 2011

Time for dresser number 2! If you haven’t seen the first re-do you can find it here!

I had two identical dressers and decided to see how different I could make their looks. Here is the before picture:

And my second version of the dresser after:

I painted the dresser cream and attached a fun graphic pattern fabric on the drawers. I completed the look with pretty frosted glass drawer pulls.

And, of course, I had to paint the inside of the drawers a fun color!

So which version do you like better? Let me know in the comments!