6.07.2009

My Dresser Renovation!

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  What I couldn't tell you last week is that I spent the weekend throwing a surprise birthday party for my husband.  Since he visits my blog, I had to keep silent about all the frantic preparations I was doing...but that explains my infrequent posts.  The good news is that he was really surprised and we had a fabulous time!  Now it's on to packing for our vacation, which starts on Wednesday!

In the meantime, this is a project I have been dying to share with you all!  Months ago (as in, pre-Henry), we bought this old dresser for $100 at an antique shop.  It needed a lot of work, cosmetically and functionally. 

It's been a fun project for my husband and me to do together.  He re-worked the drawers and did some other not-so-fun things, and I got to sand and stain and do all the pretty stuff.

Here it is!  I can't believe it's the same piece of furniture when I look at the before and after photos.

The top was completely warped from water damage, so we had to order a new granite top for it.  Since it is sitting in my dining room, it will be nice to have the heat-proof surface when I serve big dinners in there (OK, so we've eaten in there TWICE in two years, but still)!

I lined the drawers with inexpensive wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby.  It's a cute little toile pattern that I can also use for wrapping gifts if I get tired of it, right?  

The knobs are my favorite!  $3.99 at Hobby Lobby, and of course I waited until they went 50% off!  Don't they look so pretty?

Yippee!  When I get back from vacation, I am planning to do a "how-to" post on refinishing furniture.  (The super-easy way, because I am NO expert!)  Until then, have a great week, and I'll be thinking of you all from Yellowstone National Park! 

For more fun thrifty finds, go visit Rhoda at Southern Hospitality!


56 comments:

Jboo said...

Wow!! That looks amazing -- what a great job!! Love those knobs -- so cute! You know how to do these right!

How sweet that you had a surprise b-day party for your hub! Is there no end to your talents!?! Have a great vacation!

Janet

Ally0005 said...

Wow!! It looks great. You guys did a wonderful job.
Have fun on your vacation!

Ally

Lindy said...

That looks amazing! I love it!

Courtney said...

This is amazing!

L.Duncan said...

very nice! I need to get busy myself!

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Lindsay said...

Oh please please please do a how to...I want to refinish my coffee/side tables but am scared to start!

kacyd said...

That turned out beautifully!! Y'all did a great job!

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

That dresser looks wonderful! I have always had a desire to bring a piece of old furniture back to life...can't wait for your tips!

Have a wonderful vacation!

julie & joe said...

It looks beautiful!!! I love the new top, perfect for the dining room.

Twice as Nice said...

WOW. Talk about a diamond in the rough. You did a fantastic job! Have a wonderful vacation.

Elizabeth said...

Wow! It turned out beautiful! What a transformation.

Where did you order the granite top from? and if you don't mind sharing, how much did it cost? I have a similar project I'm working on and would like to do the same type of thing.

Thanks & have a great time on vacation!!

Lana said...

You did an amazing job!! I love the knobs, too!

Amy said...

Gorgeous!! The new top is beautiful, too!

Steph @ AnnoyinglyDomestic said...

Oh, my God! (excuse me, but that's what I said aloud in my empty room when I saw that phenomenal stain job)

What a masterpiece - I do like painted furniture, but this stain with the wood glowing through it is absolutely to die for. Rock on!

Beth said...

Oh my goodness, that turned out gorgeous! I wouldn't have the vision for that piece at that price but wow...totally worth it. Can't wait to see your tutorial!

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aura said...

That's a beautiful piece of furniture. Job well done!

Queenmothermamaw said...

That is beautiful. I have done many pieces in the past and there is nothing more messy, but well worth it,than refinishing furniture.
QMM

AJ said...

What a great piece of furniture!! Love it!!

Stacey said...

Amazing transformation! Who would have thought.

Marla said...

I am so glad you posted this! I have been thinking about emailing you for a few weeks for advice on my very first furniture painting experiment! looking forward to your post!

have a great vacay!

The Graves' House said...

great find! the knobs are my fav too. you guys did a great job!

Kim said...

Just beautiful! Thanks for the hint of the knobs! I need to replace some for my daughter's dresser!

Have a great vacation!!!

Jen r. said...

It looks fantastic! You guys did a great job! Jen

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

As usual...a spectacular job!!! I just love coming over here to see your makeovers.
Happy Birthday to the hubby! : )

Jo said...

Sounds like you have been one busy bee! What a fun project for the two of you. Enjoy your vacation!

Jo

the undomesticated wife said...

Beautiful!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Oh my word...simply amazing!! I love what you did to this dresser. Girl, I think you need your own show!!

Hope your week is off to a great start...enjoy your vaca.

Lisa

melissa said...

Carrie~ what a beautiful dresser. I love that you got a granite top and the knobs look perfect on it. Have fun in Yellowstone!

Kristin said...

That looks wonderful!!

Mimi Sue said...

You guys did a great job. It's gorgeous. And it's one of those pieces that you'll be able to use in different rooms. Very versatile. Mimi

Happiness Is... said...

Gorgeous! I love all of your projects! Have fun on vacation! When you get back, I also want to get some Denver recommendations from you (restaurants, things to do, etc) because I am headed out there the last week in July to visit the husband.

Ruby Red Slippers said...

That is amazing-you are hired!!!! I love the granite top-now I know what to do with a small nightstand with h2o damage! Merci!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

You did an absolutely AMAZING job! I can't believe it's the same piece of furniture either!

Jen said...

Great work! You will love having the extra storage and heatproof (brilliant) in your living room. Try eating there every Sunday, that is what we do. Have a great vacation!
♥ Jen

Shannon said...

It looks beautiful!! That is such a pretty piece! Have fun in Yellowstone!

Ms. Tee said...

Wow, Carrie - it's gorgeous! Now come do one for me! lol :) Have a safe trip!

Carol Ann said...

Wonderful job, and more satifying than buying a new piece...I love the stone topper..in the 20's that was all the rage, makes it look priceless...
Have a wonderful vacation..look for to the how to when you get back...really enjoyed your blog today.Thanks CAM

Carol Ann said...

Sorry, I look forward...sorry it has been a very long day...should have checked my spelling...
CAM

Christy said...

You did great job on the dresser. I have one that is very similar to yours that we have in our dining room. I have displayed some of my favorite pitchers and plates on it and keep placemats, napkins, and tablecloths in it. It belonged to my grandparents and so not only is it a functional piece of furniture but a family treasure too!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Amazing job - it looks great! HL is such a fun place for knobs! Better than Anthropologie since you can get them on sale!

Manuela

Angie said...

The dresser looks great.

I really like the background on your blog.

Christi said...

What a great job you did!

I am about to tackle a small wooden tray makeover...fifty cents at a yard sale this weekend! :)

Any ideas???

Check out my blog...I've got a little somethin' for ya!

JE Melton said...

Beautiful! I'm so looking forward to your tutorial, as I bought a dresser for my bathroom at a yardsale this weekend (picture here: http://meltonpoint.blogspot.com) that needs a ton of work. Like many crafty ladies, I have a habit of saying "I can do that" when I've really no idea how. Clearly, you DO have that expertise! JE

Nikki said...

Wow Carrie, it is beautiful!

Sandy said...

you are so talented - i love coming here!

Life with Kaishon said...

I just love it Carrie : ). You are so talented!

Stacey said...

SO looking forward to that post!! I have quite a few pieces I want/need to refinish that I've been putting off for a few....ahem.....years. Shame!!! I KNOW!!!
I'll be looking for it!!
The chest is AWESOME!!!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Absoluely gorgeous!! I love the granite top! You both did a great job! Have a great vacation!

Tickled Pink And Green said...

GREAT work! Love the drawer liners too. We were up in the Yellowstone area (Jackson Hole) last summer. Go look at the stars at night. Where we were was so dark you could see the Milky Way Galaxy...just as you see it in the textbooks. :)

Our Complete Family said...

What a great job on the dresser Carrie! Love it to pieces!
Can't wait to hear how you did it hun.
Caroline's dresser needs some sprucing up. It was my Gma's and then mine and now hers...seen a few nail polish remover spills, water rings, etc...
Chat with you when you're back from your vacay...Les

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

i never doubt you, haha!!

and completely off the subject, when you organized your spices in the tins, what size did you buy?? did you get 4 oz tins for all of them=)?

Totalrenovering said...

Its looks perfect now after the renovation procedure. Its really amazing. Thank you for the very nice posting. Congrats!

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