Vintage cherry dresser

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Pine Country Table w/Drawer

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This country pine kitchen table, from Southern Furniture, was updated with some canvas colored paint, a tiny bit of distressing, and a really cute, vintage looking knob on the drawer.  I painted  these chairs the same color, and they make the perfect set for your kitchen or breakfast nook!

This table has a handy little drawer in one end. It’s the perfect place to stash your napkins so that they’re within reach, but out of sight.
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Crate tables

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I’ve always had a thing for old crates. Especially Coke crates since I’m a Diet Coke addict (my name is Kristen and I’m a Diet Coke addict). But I never really had a great use for crates. Maybe if my house were a bit larger, I’d store rolled up bath towels in them and leave them next to the clawfoot tub….or perhaps they’d store dry goods in my extra large walk-in pantry….or how about organizing the kids toys on the built-in shelves in the bonus room. All those ideas are fantastic but unfortunately for me, I don’t have any of those spaces in my current house. Boo.

So when I ran across these pics when googling something the other day I thought AHA!, that’s it. That’s a use for crates that I could work with now, in my tiny, cramped house. Now I just need to hunt some down. And you know, now that I’m looking for them I’ll never find them!

World Market pine coffee table

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Once I started sanding this table down all my plans went right out the window. I was originally thinking that I’d paint the base white, and give the top a dark, rich brown stain. But once I started sanding I started thinking about how great this would look with a really weathered base…..sort of like how old pallets look when they’ve been left out in the elements for years.
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Broyhill 4-drawer coffee table

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Oh, this poor little coffee table. It’s definitely been through the mill…..a chewed off corner, nailpolish, scratches, you name it. But nothing some epoxy, wood filler and a little sanding can’t cure.
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Drexel 3-drawer end table

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Vaughan Bassett 6-drawer dresser

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Oak Family Room Cabinet

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Ikea Malm hack

Done, done, done!

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I’m actually loving how these turned out. I know I was complaining about them earlier, and honestly, I wouldn’t do it again knowing what I know now, but I do like the final product. What’s especially hard to swallow is that I’m the queen of reselling things for a profit. Or at the very least, breaking even. But these, there’s absolutely no way I’ll be able to recoup my costs. That being said, they work perfectly in our bedroom and I don’t think I”ll be selling them anytime soon. Wink wink.

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Usually I don’t love Ikea furniture. You’d think that me, being a furniture refinisher and all, would have a fantastic set of nightstands. But I’ve been looking for nightstands for what seems like forever, and just haven’t found any that have quite enough storage. And then one day, in a moment of organizational weakness a few months ago, I broke down and bought a matching set of Malm 3-drawers to use as nightstands in our bedroom. So far they’ve worked out perfectly. Tons of storage space, and they fit nicely, in the space next to our bed. The downside, they’re not that attractive. Too modern for my taste.

So I was surfing online the other day and I came across a bunch of Ikea hacks. That’s where you take a piece of Ikea furniture and spruce it up so it looks like something entirely different.

These 3 were my inspirations:
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After looking at all the ideas out there I decided to go with the campaign style dresser on the left. Except I’m going with dark grey instead of blue. The brass corner pieces I picked up at my local Home Depot.  The handles were a bit of a shocker.  Couldn’t find them in any local stores unfortunately so I had to resort to ordering them online.  Lee Valley & Veritas was the only place that the price wasn’t ridiculous.  I had a hard time paying $6.80 per piece, times 6.  But that was much better than $25 each!  Does it seem strange that the hardware for these nightstands costs more than the nightstand itself????? Yeah, I was thinking that too…..

The overlays are gorgeous…..but OMG pricey.  When you add up the cost of the overlays, plus the price of the dresser itself, you might as well just go buy a nice piece of furniture….that’s solid wood.  There, I said it.

Here’s how they looked when I started:

My Ikea Malm 3-drawer nightstand

Here’s the first coat of grey paint:
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The finished product!

Coming Soon! I’m 90% done. The only thing left to do is finish adding the corner brass pieces….all 24 of them. Ugh….
All the handles are on. I received them in the mail from Lee Valley Tools yesterday. On first glance they’re gorgeous…all shiny and such. My dad and I spent an hour today installing them. And when I say my dad and I, I mean my dad. I used the Dustbuster and vacuumed up all the bits of wood shavings while he was drilling. So after all 6 handles were on we noticed that they’re almost impossible to use. VERY hard to get your fingers around the little handle pull because it’s completely flush with the rest of the handle. Bad decision. Bad. I would not recommend buying the same pulls if you’re going to attempt this hack. But what’s the alternative really? A $25 pull? Not for me. My solution? I’m going to get some of those little adhesive rubber bumpers and stick them beneath the handle pull, to lift them up off the rest of the handle. Genius, if I do say so myself! :o)

If I were you though, I’d go for something like this:

  1. Paint the dresser dark gray.  If that’s a bit too ‘office filing cabinet-ish’ for you, try a dark teal.
  2. Add Martha Stewart self adhesive bookplates.  The large ones.
  3. Get some pretty brushed nickel pulls, like these.
  4. Voila, you’re done!

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Jenny Lind dresser

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I can’t even begin to tell you how long it took me to prep this piece and get it ready for paint. The former owner had slapped some kind of something or other all over it, in an attempt to refinish it, but then gave up and left it. By the time I got my hands on it, it had been sitting in a storage unit for years and years. Can you say yuck?!

But I love love love how this adorable little dresser turned out. It reminds me of a robin’s egg. It’s not too big, not too small, and could be used in so many different ways. Great for a boys or girls bedroom, a baby nursery, or even a TV stand. And how fabulous would this look by the front door, to stash all that stuff that needs to be stashed….hats, gloves, umbrellas. I was even thinking it might look great in my dining room as a buffet. What a great place to store my placemats, candles, etc!

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