Tuesday, March 1, 2011

$4.50 Dresser Facelift

I'm in the middle of at a complete standstill with redecorating our guest bedroom.  
There's no before because I did this a while ago...just imagine it without the metal things in the corners of the drawers. ;)
I haven't been able to do much, but the one thing I have gotten done is this little change up on a dresser that moved into the guest room from our bedroom.  This dresser was my Memaw's, and my Mom and I painted it black and changed the hardware a few years ago.  When I moved it into the guest bedroom it became more of a focal point, so I wanted to do something to it to make it more interesting.

I originally saw this little project at Kara Passlay Designs.  She used duct tape on a dresser to give it a little more character.  Her dresser was for a movie set, and I'm betting that it didn't matter that she used duct tape because no one would ever see it up close.

I decided to find something other than duct tape to get the same affect on my dresser.  I originally wanted to use hardware.  I thought it would be easy to find.  I was wrong.  I'm going to keep looking, but for right now I'm pleased with what I found.
I found little 4"x4" squares of thin metal for $4.19 in the woodworking section of A.C. Moore to fashion my own "hardware".

I made the stencil for the shape I wanted out of painter's tape so it wouldn't slide around while I was cutting.
I used an xacto knife to cut out the shape.  I left room on the corners to fold over the edges of the dresser drawer.
 I sprayed the back of the metal with spray adhesive, aligned it with the corner, folded down the tabs and smoothed everything out.

 The dresser definitely has more character and my "hardware" adds some interest....now if I could just finish the rest of the room.





6 comments:

the cape on the corner said...

that extra goodness is IT! they completely make that dresser!

karen @ our slo house said...

Wow. It looks amazing. I can't believe you did that for less than $5!!

Niki McNeill said...

Love this DIY!! I have a generic ikea dresser that could really use this treatment.

Thanks for stopping by SBP today!

@nikimcneill

Marissa Waddell said...

That is a fantastic idea! I've been trying to think of ways to make campaign-style furniture on the cheap, and this would definitely work.

Gina said...

That is a really great idea!! I love how it looks! Definitely a statement!

Richmond Thrifter said...

THAT IS SO NEAT! Love how it turned out!

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