Monday, May 27, 2013

Under $20 Dresser Makeover!

This weekend was cold but BEAUTIFUL outside! Which made it the perfect weather for this pregnant lady to work on making over a dresser for Norah!  Just to remind you I purchased this 'beauty' at an online auction for $6!! YES that is correct! $6!!!

It was the perfect size and had plenty of small drawers that Norah can easily open herself.  I was super excited when we won it!!  First up we (read: ryan) hauled the dresser outside and Ryan sanded the whole thing down.  Originally I had planned on painting the whole thing white but after the finish on the dresser came off SOOOO easily we changed out plan. 

Side Note: Ok I just spent 10 minutes trying to get these photos the right way and when they are turned the right way they end up being stretched and blurry... argh!! So you'll just have to deal with 2 sideway pictures!

The new plan was to stain the top of the dresser and then prime and paint the rest white.  I started by staining the top with a Minwax stain and seal in one. We had a can left over from when I helped a friend stain her bed.  This was after one coat... it always looks ugly after only one coat!!

Then using Zinsser Stain Cover Primer I primed the sides and front of the dresser as well as all 9 drawers. I managed to get that all done during Norah's nap on Saturday!! 

Then Sunday morning I did a second coat of stain on the dresser and painted about 5 drawers before having to head off to baseball and gymnastics.  So during Norah's Sunday nap I painted the rest of the drawers and the dresser with their first coat and did a second (and final) coat on the 5 drawers I had painted in the morning.  Then I sat in the sun enjoying the warmth for about 10 minutes before the little lady woke up!

I finished painting the drawers when Ryan decided to take Norah to the park for a bit later in the afternoon!  After it dried we lugged (not the right word because its actually an incredibly light dresser) it upstairs and I put new knobs on the dresser. I had picked as many of these lovely handles up at a warehouse sale months back!! I used a few for the play kitchen I made for a friend (here) but I had a tonne left. They look exactly like these but I used lime green and grey ones with white polka dots. They are ceramic knobs and I have found them online for around $3.50 each. I however picked up as many of these as I could for a whopping $0.69 EACH!!!

 I didn't have enough of one colour so I alternated the green and grey knobs and love how cute it turned out!!

Just so you don't have to scroll here is a before and after photo!

Now I just need to move Norah's current dresser downstairs to make room for this baby! She loves it!!!
As for a cost break down:
Dresser - $6
15 Knobs (at -$0.69 each plus tax) - $11.70
Primer - Had on hand from one of many projects
Paint - leftovers from one of many projects
Stain - left overs from one of many projects
Total Cost - $17.70!!! I couldn't be happier!!!

And to leave you with a pretty photo, we took Norah to the park to fly a kite Saturday morning and she couldn't have been happier about it!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Oh, this is so sweet! What a great change! And the knobs truly make it, I can't believe you got all those for $11! Great job!