1.27.2014

DIY Dresser Makeover

As part of our ongoing master bedroom transformation, we decided to give our old Craigslist dresser a facelift. While I loved the shape and lines of the dresser, I was no longer feeling the shabby chic vibe and multicolored look. I wanted something a bit more sleek and sophisticated for our room. Plus, the off-white color was not working with our new bright white built-in wardrobes. You can see a small peek of the dresser in this photo below. See how the beige kind of clashes with the white?


We busted out our awesome Graco paint sprayer and gave it a coat of Valspar Hematite, which is basically my new favorite color. It's a beautiful deep grey with navy undertones that we also used on our front door makeover and laundry room door.


I ordered some knobs and pulls from Home Depot, but when they showed up they were two very different finishes. That was a little frustrating because the knobs and pulls were the same finish and same brand, but they didn't match at all. I ended up going to Hobby Lobby to find a knob that would work well with the pulls from Home Depot, and I was pretty happy with how it came out. I like the vintage vibe that the knobs bring to the dresser and how the white ceramic teardrops tie in the white from the new cabinets.


See those recessed lights in the ceiling in the last two photos? Those are brand new! The husband installed those recently to help us get better light in this room, which only had the overhead light on the fan and the two small bedside sconces.

We are both obsessed with these LED recessed lights from Home Depot. I'm normally anti- LED because of the blue-ish light they give off, but these are warm white. We've now installed them in our kitchen, hallway, pantry and master bedroom. They are energy efficient and give off a really nice bright light, plus they have a sleek design that looks much better than our older pot lights. All in all, we really recommend them!

So, those are the some of the projects we've been knocking off our list lately. What have you been up to? I apologize for the relative silence on the blog last week; I had a super busy week at work and simply couldn't find time to blog. Things have settled down now so I'll have a few posts for you this week! Thanks for sticking with me. :)




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10 comments:

  1. The dresser looks so much better, so rich looking. Good choice on the hardware. Are you accomplishing your New Year's resolutions now that your office is closer to home?

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    1. Thanks Sherri! I am accomplishing SOME of my resolutions, that's for sure. I am working out in the mornings, which is a big accomplishment. I'm getting more sleep, too! But some of them, like a bigger breakfast, haven't really happened. You win some, you lose some! How about you?

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  2. I love this - especially the colour. We just picked up two 'new-to-us' dressers that are in need of help. I'm wondering how you find the paint sprayer? We are considering investing in one, but so far, I've been reluctant to leave my foam rollers behind :) Thanks for sharing, Erin

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    1. Hi Erin! Our Graco paint sprayer is from Lowe's. It is perfect for certain tasks, although we didn't completely abandon other methods of painting. I will say the only major pain with the paint sprayer is the clean up process. You have to be very thorough when cleaning the paint out of the sprayer after each project or you'll run into problems on the next project. On the other hand, the paint goes on SO quickly and SO evenly. It's awesome. So I think there is a place for both, but we do love using the sprayer for big projects like large furniture pieces, cabinet doors, etc.

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  3. Wow, great transformation- the color and the hardware were perfect choices!

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  4. It looks fantastic! Congratulations!
    I was wondering, how long did this project take you from beginning to end. Thank you!

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  5. Hi! Can you please tell me about the lightbulbs? My parents convinced me to get new bulbs that they said will "last forever" and I hate the cool blue light!

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    1. Beatriz, I can empathize! I hate the blue light too. You can still buy the LED lights that "last forever," but now they are making LED lights in different shades. If you buy the ones that claim to be warm white, you should be fine with the color.

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