Monday, February 11, 2013

My "Little Project"





When my husband and I first found out we were going to be parents, I knew right away that this nursery was going to be very "DIY."  I found this dresser at a thrift store.  It is the exactly right size for the space that we have.  I was not concerned about the horrible navy blue color, the shiny navy paint on the top, the scratches, or the 4 (yes, 4!) different styles of handles.  I was going to re-do it.  We bought the dresser before we painted, and we painted before we found out what we were having, so I probably got it around week 14-16 of the pregnancy.
See what I mean about the shiny top? It's like a mirror.
4 different kinds of knobs/handles.
Fast forward to week 33.  The dresser was still in all its Navy-blue, gold-knobbed glory.  The time had come.  Something must be done about this dresser.  My husband's friend came over with his sander and paint sprayer.  They sanded it down and got it painted.  (I wanted it to be a cherry brown color to match her crib.)  It stayed at that level of "complete" for a couple more weeks. 
 
I took the top drawers out, because basically they are the ugliest things in the world, and who really needs drawers with four knobs??  The plan was to put baskets in the top to use to hold diapers and things I need quick and easy access to.  There was no bottom underneath the drawers. Just a hole leading to the drawers underneath. I went to Lowe's and the nicest man helped me find a cheap piece of pressboard to make a shelf.  I had my measurements and he cut it down to size for me.  I took it home and painted it. Then using wood glue and clamps, my hubby and I attached the piece to the dresser. So now I had a dresser with a self for baskets, with no baskets and no handles.  But it was getting closer and closer to being finished!
 
In week 35, I went to Michael's, but couldn't find any baskets I liked.  They did have some really pretty photo organizing boxes that were a great size for the space, so I picked up four of them.


I didn't get this print, but the boxes are this size/shape.
http://www.michaels.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Michaels-Site/default/mProduct-Show?pid=sb1442&start=6&cgid=products-scrapbooking-storage
 
 
Finally, in week 36, I went back to Lowe's and picked out some handles.  My options were quite limited because I needed 2.5" and most were 3".  I do really like the ones we got.  No chance of little fingers getting stuck or pinched. Once they were on the dresser and everything was organized, my "little project" was finally finished... 20 weeks after it started =)






26 comments:

  1. That looks so beautiful and completely functional! Great job! :)

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  2. What a great idea. I love bringing new life and functionality to furniture!

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  3. Such an awesome redo ~ what a great addition to your nursery.

    Thanks for linking up to Project Inspire{d}.

    Hugs and blessings, Mary Beth

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  4. What a great transformation! So thrifty of you! Love the basket idea.

    Found you at the link party at Creations by Kara. :)

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    1. Thanks! Checked out your blog. LOVE the fabric necklace!

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  5. Turned out lovely!!
    Selene @ restorationbeauty.com

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  6. Lovely transformation. So much more baby-room-like. Come link it up in our (FINISHED PROJECTS) linky party: http://www.finecraftguild.com/party-53/

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  7. Great re-purpose! We used a dresser as a changing table for our son's nursery, and it allows so much more storage for baby stuff. Goodness knows there's a lot of it! :)

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  8. The dresser came out great...love it!

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  9. That dresser is perfect for a changing table. I am glad you recognized the diamond in the rough!

    hugs x
    Crystelle

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  10. I love the look of baskets used in place of drawers. Nice job on the dresser!

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  11. Love what you did with the dresser...I will show this to my daughter...I just gave her one similar and she wants to make a tv stand with hers....great job! (saw you @ 505 Main link) www.cynthiabanessa.com

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  12. wow, looks great, rebekah. i am LOVE LOVE LOVE the chevron wall!

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    1. Thanks! The wall took some work, but it's my favorite part of the whole room!

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  13. Adorable. What a lucky little girl that will have you for a mama. :D Thanks for sharing.
    p

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  14. Great way to reuse a piece of furniture in a new way. Please link up this great project to my party. http://houseofthriftydecor.blogspot.com/

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  15. Amazing!! Looks fabulous!

    Thanks for linking up at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! See you tomorrow evening! :)

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  16. Looks so beautiful!!! I love the basket idea instead of the top drawers. I'm glad you hear that even though you waited until week 33, it still got done. I have a feeling that a lot of my projects are going to get done in the third trimester. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

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  17. I love it, but that Chevron wall really steals the show!! I want one!! Thanks for linking this up on the Farmhouse Style Blog hop! www.greeneggsandgoats.com

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  18. This turned out amazing! Love it. Is the countdown on yet? Thanks for sharing & linking up @ DearCreatives.com Hope your having a great week!

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  19. That has turned out wonderful... Looks lovely!!

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  20. I love those boxes..I have about 8 for my crafting supplies :) Thanks for sharing at point of view!

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  21. It looks beautiful! I love the transformation.

    New follower! Brie @ Breezy Pink Daisies

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