From Drab to Diva Dresser

21 Jun

Let’s talk about style.

There is different looks, different themes, different era’s, different patterns, different fittings, different everything..

Yet, certain people can take those different things and combine them together to create something beautiful.


I wear sweats 99.6% of my day..the other 4% is when I am in the shower.

My house looks like a preschool/messy restaurant kitchen/a messy cluttered teenage girl bedroom.

I’m really talking myself up here huh? My husband must be super lucky? What’s that? You want to be my friend?

All joking aside, everything is true 🙂

But that’s the life of a mom right?


You see there are SUPER cute stylish Mom’s out there, who can pull themselves together, and manage to leave their amazingly decorated house looking adorable. Why can’t I? I guess I am still in that phase..what’s it called..Lazyness??

But I am gradually moving forward, and doing what I have to do to make my house, and myself presentable. I have gotten a lot of inspiration from blogs, (go figure lol), giving me that extra Ummph I need to get off my tushy and put effort into things.

For example, Recently I have really focused on my house. For some reason, I just FEEL better when it LOOKS better..although I cannot argue with the preschool look..

So this past weekend when Baby Boo was away, I finished a project that I had been meaning to do for a while but never had the time.

I turned this dresser that I got at a thrift store…

Into this:

For all I know this could be the fugliest dresser anyone has ever laid eyes on..

Work in progress folks.

Want to know how I did it?

It was actually super easy..So for those for those of you with crappy furniture lying around, don’t be afraid to get creative. If I can do something like this…A caveman could do it 🙂

Dresser Re-Do: Drab to Diva

Start with a fugly dresser:

Remove all hard wear, and wipe down any dusty/dirty surfaces.

Then sand your dresser.

This may sound difficult, but I didn’t go crazy with this step. I just sanded it down a little to give the paint something to stick too..

Next prime your furniture.

I use the brand KILZ primer Spray. It’s fast and effective.

Once again I just primed the furniture lightly, (see below). Just so the paint would have something to stick to, since the look I was going for was a brownish white.

Next, paint your furniture.

I only did one coat of regular white paint. I didn’t want it to be solid white, because of the look I was going for.

I love how I keep saying, “the look I was going for,” like I know what I am talking about..

Next step, glaze your furniture.

For this I used a Faux Glaze from BEHR, and a sample of brown paint.

I basically poured a little bit of glaze(which is white-ish in color) in a bowl, then added a little brown paint to it, until I got the color brown I wanted.

Then with that mixture I painted on my newly white dresser…

EEEEEEEKK don’t worry!!

Then take a damp towel, and wipe away the brown,

And leave a little bit behind so it’s looks old.

The brown paint will also stick to the cracks, holes, and indents in the furniture making it look old and rustic…slightly dirty?

After you have finished glazing and everything is dry, put back all the hard wear on and assemble the dresser back together.

I was going to spray the handles, but I thought they went well with the rest of the dresser..

I was ALSO going to re-do the inside of the drawers, but the original lining seemed to go along too..

That, and I was too lazy..

Seems to be a re-occuring problem.

Here is the final project:

Pretty cool?

For now the plan is for this to be in Baby Boo’s room. I just have to paint and redecorate in there, and then I, meaning Hubby, will bring it up.

SO at this rate, her room will be done by the time she is 45..

I seriously need to stop exaggerating.

Let’s be real, maybe 14 years old?

Just a rough estimate though.

You may also remember THIS drawer from a previous post back:

I did the same thing that I did with the dresser, only using green spray paint, and I tinted the glaze black.

Oh, and I know your thinking that my smart lil brain came up with this all by my self..well, sadly no.

A MUCH MORE talented lady gave me inspiration.

Brooke from All Things Thrifty does AMAZING projects, and I am always OOing and AHHing over them. You should check her out FOR SURE 🙂

As for now, I am going to sit and watch Bachelorette, even though I have yet to unload the dish washer from yesterday.

Maybe because I am avoided the 67 dishes in the sink that need to go in it, or maybe because I am lazy.

I don’t know..

I’m just a Diva.

24 Responses to “From Drab to Diva Dresser”

  1. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons June 21, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    la la loooooove it! ❤ thanks for all the tips! =) I'm totally seeing furniture painting in my future. I've been pinning projects like this like it's my job!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

      I KNEW you would Love this!! CAN’T wait to see your finished project!

  2. sprint2thetable June 21, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    Who cares if you are dressed up when you are so handy! These are too cute. I stay in my sweats all day when I work from home and all I have to show for it is a bunch of spreadsheets. LOL!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

      hahaha we just need to wear super cute sweats, then it makes everything ok! 🙂

  3. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 21, 2011 at 12:59 am #

    Can I hire you? Seriously! I would pay you to do these types of projects for me. I have about 10 I can think of. If you have time on your hands, I have projects. I love stuff like this but between my FT job and FT kiddo, craftiness takes a back seat. I am beyond impressed Ari with your work!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

      haha I seriously couldn’t do this project for like a month because of being so busy! That’s why i was able to finish it since my daughter was gone for almost gone for 4 days! 🙂 I would totally do this for you, if I had enough confidence that I wouldn’t mess up 🙂

  4. Ashley June 21, 2011 at 1:27 am #

    Love it! You are so talented. If you ever want to write a guest post for me on this subject, I would love to have you – and then it would give me an excuse to be lazy (like I really need another excuse, haha).

  5. Heidi @ Food Doodles June 21, 2011 at 3:02 am #

    I love this! Thanks for doing a step by step. I have two ugly dressers that were given to us when we bought our house that I really need to do something with. Although the top is kind of wrecked on one so I’m waiting for my hubby to fix that before I can cover the ugliness, haha. I’m so inspired by your projects!! They look great 😀

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

      Oh yea!! I can’t wait to see the end result!!

  6. IHeartVegetables June 21, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    Wow I’m so impressed! My mom tried to do something like this but it didn’t turn out quite like this… 😉 shhh don’t tell her I said that, hehe

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

      lol 🙂 I am sure I’ll have many projects that I will NOT be photographing 🙂

  7. melissa June 21, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    haha this is funny! I like your healthy s’more shake recipe! thanks for sharing! Oh and I want to use glaze on a dresser now!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

      Oh I am glad you liked it!
      And try glazing! It’s addicting! 🙂

  8. Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) June 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    That is SO pretty. You’re so talented! I never do these types of projects, but should start! It looks great.

    I also wear sweatpants 90% of my life. It would be 100% if I didn’t have to go to work. 🙂

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

      Oh work is a good excuse to wear regular clothes 🙂

  9. Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama June 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    What a great transformation! I love it.

  10. simplynutritiouskate June 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    wow that looks incredible!! you are seriously talented.

  11. pawsitivelife June 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    Awesome job! I plan on painting furniture when I move into my house. I have never done that before but I just dont have to moola for new furniture, and I want things to match, and not look like a dorm room :). I love the antiquing points 🙂

  12. Tiff June 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    I love it! I’ve been going for plain white lately (painted the kitchen cabinets not that long ago) for a crisp look, so I would have stopped there. But if that’s not the look you were going for… 🙂 It turned out really well – you deserve to let those dishes sit a while longer.

  13. helennaturally June 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    Love the creativity! I have to admit I am totally lazy. We purchased a new bed a couple months ago, white one. Our old set was oak. Well I decided to save money by not purchasing the night stands. Told the husband I would paint ours white to match….guess what? Still hasn’t happened. I am totally thinking of just buying new ones that are white!

  14. vegan aphrodite June 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    Oh wow, that is beautiful!! Youve got talent 😀
    And I so know that feeling- when it looks good around me, I feel SO much better! My apartment is small, but I try as hard as I can to always have it nice there. Clean, tidy, and I regulary by fresh flowers 🙂

  15. Lindsay@LivingLindsay June 22, 2011 at 4:57 am #

    Nice! The dresser looks awesome! Very vintage – nice!
    And I happen to adore the preschool look. I mean seriously – who doesn’t want their house decorated in red, yellow, green, and blinking? 🙂

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