Painting furniture in the Garagemahal during a southeast Texas winter is tough. It is either too cold or too humid to dream of painting. I usually take on smallish projects that I can finis in the house during winter. This fall I found a dresser that I wanted to turn into an unusual entertainment center. It was $20.00 at Huntsville Goodwill. It is a 1950’s wooden dresser that probably went in a boy’s room.
I had been looking for something to turn into a funky dresser after finding this dresser a year ago at the Mainstreet America Christmas home tour. It was over a thousand dollars but it was so cool.
The dresser was originally destined for my brother in law and sister in law’s new house near us. It took me so long to surprise them with the piece done that they already bought a beautiful entertainment center out of whiskey barrel oak.
I wasn’t sure what I would do with it at this point, until I sanded the top corner. There it was: “I love e b”. My hubby’s first and middle name begins with e and b. ( In his family he goes by Eddie Ben.) I knew it would have to be something that would end up with us.
I struggled with what to do with each drawer and redid three of the drawers at least twice, one of them three times.
I determined that I did not want to spend much on this project. I have a large collection of hardware, a pile of paint and everything needed to give the wood a weathered finish like the inspiration piece. A bonus is that the colors on the piece will be colors I already like and have in my home.
What you see above is just a small sample of the hardware I have. Notice how many of the pieces I photographed I actually used in the final shot.
Saturday afternoon the skies cleared, the humidity dropped and I had about two hours to work.
The dresser went from looking like this Saturday …
To this by mid-day, Sunday.
I glazed the turquoise because it was a little too bright for the rest of the piece after this photo and I added a license plate and some letters. I am not sure it is finished but it is coming along.
Soon, I will tell you where I hope it gets to go.
Here are a few close up shots I took after adding the license plate from 1969 that we found in the dirt at my husband’s family farm. The numbers are the year of his birth and the S is our last name initial.
Did you notice I used a different license plate than what I pulled originally? I decided that I wanted to use the one with browns and yellows. It is great that I have options. I collected quite a few plates from my husband’s farm.
I love it. I am proud that I did this almost all by myself. I cut trim, drilled holes, selected colors, and rethought it when I wasn’t happy. I did have a meltdown on the white bottom corner “drawer” (it is actually one long drawer made to look like two) and had to get help on that one. I could not get the trim to line up. Thanks, Hubby.
All in all I have less than $10.00 in supplies in the dresser along with the $20.00 investment for the dresser I think it turned out well.
I have a random bunch of french provincial hardware that I would love to do a little girl’s dresser with one day. The possibilities are exciting.
Thanks for reading my blog.
I would love to hear what you think about my funky dresser.
19 thoughts on “The Finished Funky Dresser”
I want it!
Karen…in a word WOW! You did an awesome job on this dresser. 🙂 – Karen
Thanks. I really like how it turned out.
I LOVE this dresser….. you did a great job. I like yours better than your inspiration peice. Reading blogs like yours (and watching Flea Market Flip while recovering from knee surgery) is inspiring me to take up a new hobby !!!! I have been buying stuff like this, but maybe time to start doing my own. Kepp it up “Weekend Girl” !!!!
Wow, thanks. The Funky Dresser is going to be our entertainment center at our new place. I like it, too.
I am so looking me a piece to do this to. this is fantastic!!
Thanks! Good luck with finding a dresser. I would love to see your finished project.
I absolutely L.O.V.E. it!!! Funky, personal, loads of character and functional..it’s perfect! I’m going to have to try this myself..
I absolutely adore your dresser redo! I’ll admit to being a bit jealous – here in Fla the humidity kills any ‘lost’ objects before they can be ‘found’ & used. 😞
I live in southeast Texas and deal with humidity, too.
I love the funky dresser!!! I’m a Karen too and paint by vision..that way you come up with most interesting pieces…thanks for sharing!!!!
Thank you! I love this fun dresser.