Dresser: Before

Here it is.  Joel found this dresser for $10 on KSL and I told him to buy it before I even looked at a picture.  I figured for $10, if I hated it, we could give it away or resell it easy enough.  Surprisingly, I was excited when he brought it home.  I thought it would be great for a first attempt at refinishing a dresser.  No small details to worry about, basically flat and simple.  At least that’s what I say now (Linsday, luckily I know myself too well to know that I’m too lazy to deal with anything more intricate).  So now the hard part is deciding what to do with the thing.  Definately new handles of course, but what color of paint?  I’m thinking maybe leaving it black (which would simplify the process a lot), or maybe a cute green with glass pulls.  I’d like to try antiquing it too.  I also have some crazy images in my head of damask wallpaper on the drawer fronts, or maybe just on the top.  Too much?  Any suggestions?  I’d love to hear your ideas!

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  1. What an awesome find! I am so jealous!!

    As for the redoing it…I’ve never done one before but have always wanted to! I love the antiquing idea–adorable! What other colors are in the room where this will be going?

  2. ohh, such a great find! good job joel! Andy hate it when i bring home “junk” like that. but i think he is still surprized everytime when it actually looks good in the end.
    black would look great, but i think a martha stewart green (okay, maybe you don’t know what i’m talking about but just think “what would martha do?”)would be super cute. i think you should put a super cute wall paper on the inside of the drawers ( i know, no one sees it but i love having cute insides to drawers, it makes it so much funner to get stuff out of them.
    i also think wall paper on the top or the outside of the drawers would be sooo cute.
    painting it cream or blue (again a martha blue) would be so cute too.
    i wish you luck on deciding what to do…
    i can’t wait to see the after pic, get to work abby!

  3. I love KSL and wish we had it here! It seems like craigslist is usually over-priced junk. Oh well, I guess you learn to make do. I think a green would be nice and I love the idea of putting something different on the drawers.

    Good luck. I can’t wait to see it when it’s done!

  4. a couple months ago, martha stewart living had some great ideas for refinishing with color and patterns. they did a gingham print, faux wood pattern, herringbone… and all with color. check it out! here is the link to all the techniques: http://www.marthastewart.com/article/special-effects?

    by the way… I love your blog… and your SIL’s… Can I ask why you’ve had to move so much? is it job related? My husband is a football coach so I will be feeling your pain soon… coaches tend to move a lot!

  5. Awww…seeing that makes me miss you. It was so great to spend time with you and your little boys! I guess Becca and Weston will have to get to know eachother next time when they’re not both sleeping the whole time. Love you!–SaraLyn

  6. I love your blog. I’ve recently started following you on my new blog, littlelizardking.blogspot.com
    Thanks so much for sharing such creative ideas! You are wonderful.

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