Thursday, September 10, 2009

Another Furniture Re-Do

We were planning to move Paige into my recently-vacated Mother-in-Law's bedroom. We cleared out the room and painted it the same Vienna Turquoise that was in her existing room. She would move to this room (bigger closet and she loves the window seat) and we'd get Dean settled into her old room. Well... one major 'mistake' on her part later and she no longer gets the priviledge of changing rooms. She can stay where she is and we'll move Dean into this room.


During all of this, we discovered that both her large desk and large dresser will not fit well into the layout of this room - there's one small wall between the door and the closet and neither her bed, dresser or desk would fit there - meaning all three of those large items would have to crowd onto one side of the room.


I was on the hunt for a more narrow dresser and found this one on Craigslist:



It wasn't very pretty, but I liked the 'girly' lines to the top edge and the legs. So I removed the hardware, sanded and painted a nice chocolate brown (so hip with the turquoise these days!) I headed out after the painting was all done to get new hardware (just planned to use the existing holes) only to discover that the old hardware was a very non-standard size (2" hole spacing). I could not find any new handles at all to fit. Mark suggested I fill and sand the existing holes, but that would mean repainting AGAIN and I just wasn't up for that.



So I picked up some flat wooden plaques from the craft store, painted the edges brown and ModPodged some pretty decorative paper to them and used those to cover up the holes. Drilled some new holes and found some knobs I already had from an old dresser (just needed to spray paint them) and it was done!



So it's up in the new room (now Dean's room) and isn't very masculine... but maybe Paige will inherit it some day...


I've linked this over at The Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday Linky Party and The Shabby Chic Cottage's Trasformation Thursday! Go check out some of the amazing projects!

13 comments:

  1. YOU. ARE. A. GENIUS! Seriously! I have some dressers in my Master Bedroom that are in perfect condition but so dated. Mainly because of the hardware. I have been debating and debating what to do about it, and you, my dear have given me the perfect solution. Simply amazing!

    Thanks for linking!!!!!!!!!

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  2. What a creative solution to cover up the holes! love that idea. Great makeover! Have a good weekend...
    pk @ room remix

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  3. I might be using that great idea, too! My son's bedroom furniture is the set my husband had when he was a teenager, so it is a glorious 80's glam. Ha ha, I really need to change out the hardware but was concerned about finding the right size! Thanks for the tip!

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  4. very nice re-do. The paper around the knobs is a great touch

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  5. Great Makeover! That brown dresser placed on the blue wall is ther perfect combination. I would love to find a piece like that and do it up shabby chic style.

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  6. I think it looks beautiful! I love how you used decorative paper to cover the wood plaques - very creative! Thanks for stopping my site and I hope that your silhouettes turn out just as beautiful. You will never believe how easy it is!!

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  7. wow! this is great. love the color...

    stop by my Goodwill party every Wednesday and link up your thrifty finds!!

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  8. That really is a brilliant solution. Wow. It looks terrific and what a terrific way to make it all work for you! Amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. so cute! what a great solution to the hardware problem. love it!

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  11. Hi Carrie:

    I deleted my last comment because I just realized the winner's emails had to be in yesterday, whoops! So picked two other people using random.org and got one that had emails visible with their profiles. I am sorry, but since I wasn't sure when you might get this and when I'd get an response I made the decision to do that in the hopes that they might accept sort of late winners. BUT don't worry I am hosting another giveaway for a rolled 18X24 poster print that will probably start tomorrow. It's totally free, even shipping. Reply to this comment and I'll have good news for you. Sorry again for the mix up and mistake on my part.

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  12. Quite the transformation! Nice.

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