Wednesday, August 25, 2010

In with the new

I started my new job last week and am staying with friends while I look for a new place. I have been living out of a suitcase and boxes for the past two weeks and in desperate need of something to put clothes in. So late last night I decided to troll Craigslist for a cheap dresser. Most of what I found were ugly old Ikea dressers or something from the 80's laminate heyday. Then I found a gem! Emailed the woman selling it and picked it up this morning for 40 bucks.
Now I need to decide what to do with it. I had my first inspiration idea before seeing it in person. Something like this below by Tobi Fairley. I would probably use a dark charcoal gray paint instead of black.

But then I saw the dresser in person and it has a great burl wood pattern on the front, so I am a bit hesitant to paint it. Maybe I should just touch up the finish and do a high gloss poly like below? Then paint the hardware a satin nickel finish. Now I'm confused as to wh
at direction I should go.... suggestions?

Update: Day 1 mini makeover- found some silver spray paint out in the garage and did a few quick coats, and some poly. Then used some dark wood polish to give it some life back.


  1. It depends on what kind of look you're going for since both inspiration pics have different looks. However, if you paint it since it has texture, it will not be smooth like the one in the pic, but it would be just like painting wood, so it's fine. However, i like what you've done with it so far and don't think you have to paint it. Also, it's not in disrepair as the finish seems fine, so a bit of poly or glaze might just be enough to add some pizazz. That was a mouthful, sorry. Happy weekend to you.

  2. Thanks Stacey, I have decided to leave it with the wood finish. I will be adding some wax stain to give it a bit more dimension. I'll post a pic when I am done and when it has some accessories on top!