Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cheap Dresser Redo

You all know I'm all about cheap. Not always a good thing I tell ya.

With having our 3rd child and Jack moving in with Beau and sharing his dresser, then I decided it was time to upgrade the baby dresser from this...

to this.

I know it's not so pretty huh. The good news is, it was already in our garage since this was my husbands dresser since before we got married (this dresser is chee-eap!). It had been just sitting there waiting to be sold at a yard sale, but I decided to recycle it instead.

So I painted it first. Then I decided to add some numbers to it before I put the hardware back on. I wanted something very simple and light.

I used the tried and true method of rub on with a pencil. First you print out your text in whatever size you desire. Use the "mirror image" option in your print preferences so that it prints backward. Trace over it with a pencil, really heavy.

Place it on your desired location (print side down) and scribble over it with the pencil again.

Remove your paper and Whaaalaah! It's all ready to be painted!

I took the hardware that was previously on the dresser, added some Caromal Colours Paint and Glaze (because it sticks to anything!) and put them back on the dresser.

I.LOVE.It!

The very best part of it all was that it was totally, completely....

FREE!!

The BEST kind of cheap
!
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23 comments:

Alison said...

I agree...free is the best kind of cheap! Love the remake...especially the pale numbers.

Katie @ Chirp in the Forest said...

Looks great! I really like the open drawer area at the bottom too. And you know what's funny? My hubby brought a VERY similar (and OLD) dresser into our house when we got married too - it's still in our closet! Maybe one of these days I'll get around to doing something fun with it like you did.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Believe it or not... I've not seen the 'TRIED AND TRUE' METHOD of rubbing/transferring the number...
I've had a project waiting on numbers ..to be done. This will be perfect.
Thanks for showing this.

Another thing... I have a little chest o'drawers that has three drawers; it started out with 4 but one was broken and the whole thing was headed to a friends burn-pile.
I saved. I cut the bottom off an re-attached the trim and made it into the 3 drawer chest it is today.
Back then I hadn't thought of sticking a basket where the drawer should have gone.

Sorry so lengthy. I love the dresser.

I live in East Texas too~

Pat
corninmycoffee-pot.blogspot.com

Vintage Country Girl said...

Absolutely, positively adorable! I love it, especially the shelf at the bottom.

Melissa said...

Thank you so much for sharing your method of adding the numbers! I have tried a bunch of different ways, but this sounds like the easiest by far!!!! I've been putting off a project just because I didn't know what to do with the stenciling. Thanks!

sissie said...

You did a great job of prettying up that old dresser. Looks great and I love the numbers.

hugs
Sissie

Pattie said...

You did such a nice job I did one kinda like this in my living room last year. very cute

Pattie

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

free AND gorgeous! great transformation!

Lori said...

Free is even better than cheap! You did a great job and oh the new storage space!

Robin said...

I love how made it "your's" So cute.

michelle said...

It is just the sweetest little dresser! I love the soft colors that you used and the hardware is beautiful!

Claire said...

yea for free-love how this turned out-the colors, numbers, hardware-so fab!

Debra@Dejarenew.blogspot.com said...

Oh my, pretty. I hope you will come link this up at my Linky Love Friday Party!

take care.
Deb
http://dejarenew.blogspot.com

Louisa Book Cottage said...

Great redo!! You are amazing!!

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Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I think you took lemons and made lemonade! Not only is it beautiful, and I love the open draw/shelf on the bottom but you made it educational by putting the numbers on it!

If you need a break stop by for some dessert, it's decadent!

I've enjoyed my visit today!

Mary

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

This is fabulous!!! Love the look!
XOOXO
Kristin

Clydia said...

You did such a great job! Love it! XOXO

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

Absolutely adorable - I love anything with numbers on it! I found you today through The Lettered Cottage's linky party...so glad to meet you :O)

Danielle said...

Love this! Beautiful!

angie said...

looks great - i love it!

Misty ~ Not an Empty Room ~ said...

gorgeous and inspiring! thanks for sharing. the shelf at the bottom is great.
love your baby's room too!