We were on a very tight budget for my niece’s room especially for a complete makeover. The only thing we were keeping was her dresser. So in order to save money my husband and I decided to give this side table a makeover. In the end we spent $40 for paint, stain and new knobs. Below I have included a before picture of the side table.
First thing we did was remove the old knobs and wipe down the side table with a degreaser (Krud Kutter is what we used). Then we sanded the top down to the original wood in order to stain it a natural wood finish. We did sand some of the bottom portion were it really needed it. After sanding we painted the bottom portion Moscow Nights by Sherwin Williams. We ended up having to do three coats. We then stained the top which was the most time consuming because it takes a while to dry between coats. We did only two coats of stain on the top.
I then found these perfect rattan knobs at Hobby Lobby which really added the finishing touch. Overall we are very pleased with how it turned out. My niece did not even realize it was the same piece of furniture. I will say this was definitely one of our easier makeovers.
My parents found this beautiful Chippendale chair at an estate sale for only $25. My mom let me have it since she knew we would be able to give it a little love and attention. First we had to fix the spindles because they were coming loose. We did this with wood glue and clamps. Then came a lot of sanding and wood putty to fill in any areas that were damaged. Then more sanding! Next my husband had to make a seat since there was not one. He did this by cutting out a piece of plywood to the fit in the seat frame which was still intact. We then used Pure Foam Cushion from Michaels. We used two layers to make the chair extra soft. I found some great fabric on Esty (pictured above but no longer for sale) which we used to cover the foam and using a staple gun we secured it to the bottom of the plywood seat. We then used a white lacquer spray paint before securing the cushion seat. I absolutely love this chair and including the original price it only cost us $50. I have a before picture below but we had already started the process in this photo. You can get a general idea about how it looked when my parents purchased it.
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I enjoy a good DIY project because it is so satisfying to see the finished product. This project turned out way better then I anticipated. I have been saying for over a year I was going to try to redo the dresser but my husband kept telling me it was a lost cause. I was given this dresser by my mother-in-law but after several moves it had a lot of wear and tear. The wood detailing was also starting to come off in places so it was time for a makeover. I first removed all the detailing and knobs. I then had to remove the several 100 small nails used to attach the detailing.
After hours of pulling out nails I then used wood putty to fill in the holes left by the nails. Next I began the sanding and then more sanding. Once I was done with sanding I used some grey paint I had leftover from another project. I do like the way the dresser turned out but I am thinking about using a darker color grey. What do you think leave it a light grey or go with something a little darker?
I kept the original knobs for the dresser but I am debating about ordering some brass knobs. I think if I use a darker color I may consider getting new knobs or painting the existing knobs. I may spray paint the knobs with Design Master Antique Gold or Brilliant Gold. If you have not tried out this spray paint you should definitely try this brand on your next DIY project. I will keep you updated on any fun changes I make!