Saturday, September 10, 2011

Numbered Rustic Dresser

Here was another fun, yet easy project.  I found this dresser for free, sitting with someone's trash.  I quickly examined it and the whole thing was sound and the drawers even had dove-tail joints.  Yippeee!  I knew right away what I was going to do to it.  I'd seen lots of Anthropologie knock-offs around blogland and saw that the dresser's shape would be perfect for this style.

           Mine- Free + elbow grease                                              Anthropologie's- $900!

Once again, in my excitement I forgot the true before picture.  I had just applied the paint stripper when I remembered to take a photo.  So just imagine this ugly brown color plus about 5 large stickers:

Yup, not too pretty.  I used one coat of citri-solve paint stripper and then 3 rounds of hand sanders (from a belt sander to a hand orbital to a final of a mouse sander.)    Then I applied two coats of Minwax Early American stain.  I printed out the numbers I wanted to use and traced them onto the drawers with carbon paper again.  This time, I just used a black sharpie marker instead of a paint pen and it worked great.  I put a few coats of poly on.  For the finishing touch, I mod-podged some decorative paper in the drawers.  It was some fun vintage postcard paper I already had.  I love how it turned out!

Turned out cute, huh?  I think I've figured out that I really like these furniture makeovers.  They really don't take alot of work, but oh, the results!!!


  1. Super cute Erin! I LOVE the paper that you lined in the drawers! Such a great touch! I feel like I'm in a DIY slump! You need to help motivate me! ;-)

  2. I love it. I especially love the numbers, what an easy way to tell someone where something is. I now what all my dressers (esp the one in the kid's rooms) to have numbers on the drawers.

  3. Love it! It looks so good in your room.

  4. Hello

    I wanted to let you know i have featured your tutorial to my blog for my top "Numbered" Projects of 2011
    i love your project great job and i wanted to share with my readers

    happy new year



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