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30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Life on Kaydeross Creek

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers

I’ve been obsessed with furniture flips lately, farmhouse furniture makeovers to be exact. The right piece of furniture can change the whole feel of a room. The color, the size and shape tell a story and can be inspiration for the rest of the decor in the space.

I happened to pick up this adorable little hutch this weekend on craigslist for just $70. I had been looking for something for our dining room for a long time and this will fit perfectly.  Sometimes you just have to wait until the right piece comes along…

 

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It’s so cute, right?? I knew I wanted to paint it but was searching for inspiration on line and Pinterest, of course, did not disappoint. I found so many pieces that I loved I though I would share them with you. 🙂

Here are 30 of my favorite farmhouse furniture makeovers.

This buffet is stunning. The depth of the color on this piece and the aging with wax is beautiful. It’s so vibrant and the pulls are the icing on the cake.

 

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Blue Painted Buffet - Life on Kaydeross Creek

ThirtyEighthStreet

I love the two tone of the wood on the drawers and blue paint in this dresser. It just so happens that I was recently given a dresser and I think I need to try this look.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Two Tone Dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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If I had a place to put something red, I would. It’s so warm and definitely makes a statement. These accessories look so pretty.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - red dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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How sweet is this blue little coffee table? I love the bead detail around the sides and the two tone with the wood on top.

30 Farmhouse Furnture Makeovers - Oval Pedestal Coffee Table - Life on Kaydeross Creek

The Interior Frugalista

This armoire makeover from Bless’er House is just stunning and how creative is the reading nook?

Narnia Inspired Reading Nook - Bless'er House - 30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Bless’er House

Narnia Inspired Reading Nook - Bless'er House - 30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Bless’er House

This dresser is just so pretty. I love the addition of the painted swirls on top of the faded sage green. Just a bit of aging and wear and tear make it seem so delicate. So pretty with the matching accessories.

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What vision it must have taken to see this piece for what it could be. I’m sure a ton of work went into it to fix the overlay. The finished piece is so pretty and so grown up.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers- Vintage Buffet Makeover -Life on Kaydeross Creek

Prodigal Pieces

One of my favorite makeovers. This one was a labor of love but worth it. What farmhouse furniture makeovers would be complete without a bit of distressing and some farmhouse accessories.

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I love the softness of the cream with the contrast of the dark stain. It’s styled so pretty and looks just perfect in this space.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - cream antique dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Little Vintage Nest

The soft, subtle shade of blue on this secretary mixed with the distressing it’s so pretty.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - secretary - Life on Kaydeross Creek

My Creative Days

The choice of paint and the colorful fabric are a perfect combination to update this old hutch.

 

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Painted hutch - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Just The Wood

The color on this buffet is just gorgeous. The aging with the wax highlights the carved details and is just so pretty. The knobs are perfect.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - light aqua blue dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Brepurposed

This dresser was a big transformation. The glass knobs give it such a classic feel.

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I love the aqua distressed paint on this end table combined with the dark wood top.  What character this would add to a room. It’s styled so cute, too.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - aqua end table - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Lovely Etc. 

Just gorgeous! The perfect place to store quilts.

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Petticoat Junktion

Another piece from Bless’er House.  I love how the black knobs pop off of the layers of shimmery blues on this dresser. Farmhouse accessories make it even more beautiful. Swoon!

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Bless’er House

Two book cases combined to make one. This is one of those things where  I was like, why didn’t I think of that?? So farmhouse and so creative!

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - bookcase - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Worthing Court

That patina. The wavy lines. The pulls. The feet. LOVE!

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The softness of the chalk paint on this old hutch is so pretty. What a clever use for toiletries and a great piece to help define the bathroom space.

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Confessions of a Serial DIYer

The color of this dresser is such a perfect gray and the handles are beautiful. It’s perfect in this space.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - gray dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Saw Nail & Paint

This was quite the makeover on this old cabinet. The Cobblestone color from Country Chic Paint was perfect to give it new life. I love how the white and tan accessories pop.

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How gorgeous is this navy cabinet?!? The aging on it is perfect and the white inside makes whatever is displayed pop.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - antique navy curio - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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This old dresser is so pretty with the green and brown combo and those antique pulls add so much character.

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This little armoire is so cute. I can see it in a child’s bedroom or in a bathroom for linens. I love the cure of the legs.

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Restoration Redoux

I love the lines on this piece with the swirly legs and bottom. The shade of blue is so unique and looks so pretty with the stained top. The accessories are perfectly romantic like the piece.

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I know this one is not necessarily a piece of furniture like the others but I just love the distressed paint and trim detail. How pretty is the pop of white of the accessories.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - antique stained curio cabinet - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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What a makeover on this desk! It’s so pretty and it is styled so perfectly.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - antique desk - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Prodigal Pieces

I love how this table came out! This was my first time trying this paint technique. It was super easy to do and adds character to this thrift store table.

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This hutch is the perfect farmhouse piece for a dining room or kitchen.  I love the bead board back and trim on the front.

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The Painted Hinge

This buffet makeover is so creative. I love the layers of color, just the right amount of antiquing and the black pulls . The addition of the wood top is perfect.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers Gray buffet with new wooden top - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Those are some of my favorite farmhouse furniture makeovers. The power of paint, some creativity and a little elbow grease can go a long way! I know exactly what I will do now with my new hutch and I can’t wait to share it with you so stay tuned. Have you taken on a labor of love and transformed something with paint?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

Thrift Store Table Makeover - Color wash paint technique with Antique Wax and stain completed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Thrift Store Table Makeover & Color Wash Paint Technique

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a fantastic week! I’m busy working on a bunch of projects thanks to a very successful trip to my favorite thrift stores last weekend. Sometimes you just hit it right and find things you didn’t even know you needed. Has this ever happened to you? 🙂

This poor little kitchen table just seemed to speak to me. I took one look at it and I could see it all pretty again with a new coat of paint and fresh stain. So home it came and today, I’m sharing my thrift store table makeover with you.

Before…

Here she is before in a very dated and dull muted maple brown color. I know you’re not going to believe this but I got her for, drum roll please, $15.  I think it was because one of the legs was coming off but it just needed to have the bolts put in correctly and tightened and she was as good as new. I love the fluted legs and side rails.

 

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The Plan: New stain for the top and paint for the legs.

After a good cleaning, I stripped the old stain off of the top. This was quite the process because that stain was like baked on there. I had to apply the stripper 3 times and scrape like crazy. Then I sanded it for what seemed like hours with the palm sander. (realistically, it was probably 20 minutes 🙂 ) I got all of the chips and scratches out too. Finally, it was clean and ready to stain with a more modern color.

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - ready for new stain and color wash - Painted Furniture - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The new stain I chose was a bit darker but more translucent. I mixed some Watco Danish Oil in Dark Walnut with Ipswich Pine and came up with something I liked. It’s a bit more fresh and I like the way you can see the wood grain through it. You can see the difference in color from the top and the legs.

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - new stain and color wash - Painted furniture -Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once it was dry, I gave it 3 coats of poly to make was it durable. I love the way the top turned out!!

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - Stained top - Color wash paint technique - Life on Kaydeross Creek

The Paint Technique:

This was one of those projects I could see completed in my head while I was buying the piece. I saw the colors mixed together and knew it had to be green and blue. I started by giving the bottom a coat of homemade chalk paint in a mix of sage green and cobblestone from Country Chic Paint that I had used on the Antique Cabinet Makeover. What I got was this nice gray/green.

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - Color wash paint technique - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I wanted to “wash”  the blue on top of the green so it almost looked like a water color effect. To get the right blue I had in mind, I mixed navy blue from my son’s room with a bit of craft paint in Island Blue. It was exactly what I wanted.

I mixed a half a cup of warm water with a quarter cup of plaster of Paris and then mixed it into about 3/4 cup of paint. I wanted it to be a bit runny so I could wipe it off easily.

I brushed just a bit of the paint on and then wiped it off with a dry cotton cloth. I kept a damp cloth near me in case the paint got too heavy on the surface and I cold wipe it off. I also kept the green paint handy if I needed to touch it up.

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - Color wash paint technique with Antique Wax and stain - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

After I gave the entire piece the blue “wash” I sanded down the edges of the corners on the legs where it would wear down if someone rubbed against it over time. I used 120 grit sandpaper to bring out the wood underneath.

Then I used my favorite Country Chic Paint Antiquing Wax over the legs and sides to give it a more aged look.

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - Stained top - Color wash paint technique - Antiquing Wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love the way this table makeover came out! All of the layers of paint and stain give it such farmhouse character.

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - Color wash paint technique with Antique Wax and stain completed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - Painted Furniture - Color wash paint technique with Antique Wax and stain completed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover -Color Wash Paint Technique - Farmhouse - Upcycle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Why not create something completely unique for your home? The color combinations are endless. Do you have a piece of furniture you could try this with? If not, maybe you could head to your favorite thrift store and see what speaks to you. 🙂

I’d love to see your projects if you try this paint technique!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Painted Furniture – Antique Cabinet Makeover

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing the crazy makeover of an antique cabinet I picked up at a garage sale for just $40. It was tired and old and in major need of some TLC. It was also one of those things where I didn’t need a cabinet in this shape or size but it just spoke to me and said “Colleen, please take me home and make me pretty again”. Fortunately, I love painted furniture so I listened.

 

Painted Furniture - Antique cabinet makeover with Country Chic Paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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I fell in love…

with the curves of the legs and the glass doors and side panels. Unfortunately, the doors were falling off a bit and the trim at the top was broken and needed to be replaced. We removed the doors (to be saved for another project) and the broken trim, gave it a good cleaning and sanded it down.  I kind of liked the rustic/industrial feel of it so we used it like that for a awhile just to see if it was  a good fit.

 

 

This picture is from a post I did on making a simple sign from scrap wood and you can see that here.  I liked it but recently decided that it needed a good coat of paint.

It’s amazing what a good coat of paint can do, am I right? If I had a dollar for every time I said that 🙂

I had seen Country Chic Paint on some of my favorite blogs and on line (I love their tutorials on paint techniques) so I decided to give it a try along with their wax. I’m so glad I did. 🙂

 

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Since we had already sanded the cabinet down a bit, I didn’t really have much prep work to do other than to give it a good cleaning.

 

Painted Furniture - create an antique or aged look with Country Chic Paint and Wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This was my first time using the Country Chic Paint so I wasn’t familiar with how it would cover, (plus, I wasn’t sure how the dark stain left on the piece would darken the paint color) so I primed it first. Call me old school.

 

Painted Furniture - priming the surface for paint - how to create an antique or aged look with Country Chic Paint and Wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So different already! Then I gave it a coat of the Country Chic Paint in the color Cobblestone. They have a ton of colors to choose from which you can see here.

 

Painted Furniture - How to create an aged or antique look with Country Chic Paint and Wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The paint went on really easily and dried so quickly in a nice soft finish. I left the back white initially because I had thought about applying shelf liner or wall paper for a different look. Then I decided that the antique look I was going for didn’t really go with that so I painted the whole thing. I had to touch up here and there but I was really surprised that the container covered the entire piece.

After it had dried completely, I broke out the palm sander and went over the edges to “rough it up” a bit.

 

Painted Furniture - Distressing the edges with a sander - How to create an aged or antique look with Country Chic Paint and Wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

You can see where the sander opened up the wood and brought the white paint out a bit too .

Now to apply the wax…

I love this part! This is one of the drawers before wax with the Cobblestone.

 

Painted Furniture - Farmhouse Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - Cobblestone - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I used an old paint brush to apply the wax. I dipped it into the container and swirled it around a bit to work it into the brush.

 

 

 

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I like to do an “X” pattern and circle motion with the brush so there are no lines and it’s more random.

 

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And then wipe/rub it in really well with a cotton rag.  See the difference in the color from the top to the bottom?

 

Painted Furniture - farmhouse - Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - Antiquing Wax worked in - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Painted Furniture - farmhouse - Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - Antiquing Wax application - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

By sanding the piece, the wax gets worked into the grooves of the raw wood on the painted furniture, brings out the dark tone and “ages” the piece.  It’s really noticeable in the details and the trim. Yummy, rustic, farmhouse, aged goodness. 🙂

 

Painted Furniture - distressing details with Country Chic Paint Antique Cabinet makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The wax was really easy to use and had no odor at all. I absolutely love the color it gave the piece and the antiqued look.

One more detail…

To finish off the top, we added a piece of moulding. I couldn’t really find exactly what I wanted, one with more detail, but this piece worked well. I’m not gonna lie, it was a bear to cut the angles because it had been so long and we had a bit of a problem with one of the corners. Nothing a little spackle can’t fix. 🙂

 

Painted Furniture - Antique cabinet makeover - adding trim to the top and spackle to fix it - distressing details with Country Chic Paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Painted Furniture - adding trim to the top Antique cabinet makeover - distressing details with Country Chic Paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I could only get the trim piece in white so I had to improvise when it came to the color. I wanted the new piece to blend in like it was always there. You’re gonna think I’m crazy but I used brown craft paint as a base for my Cobblestone color so that when I sanded it down a bit the brown would show through.

 

Painted Furniture - Antique cabinet makeover - distressing details with Country Chic Paint and antique wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I even went back over after the paint and wax just to make it all look seamless. It worked like a charm. What do you think?

 

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I love, love, love the way this piece came out!  I also loved working with the Country Chic Paint and the wax is just awesome sauce. A little goes such a long way and really brings out extra character in painted furniture. I have already used it again on another project which I will share with you soon. I’ll also share a quick new video on how to use the wax as well.

 

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Do you have a piece that could use a little love? Keep your ears open next time you’re at a garage sale or flea market and you just might find one speaking to you.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Antique Trunk Makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Antique Trunk Makeover

Hey everyone! Today I’m sharing my antique trunk makeover and what a makeover it is! I found this trunk at the Salvation Army for $20. It’s incredibly solid but, as you can see, in really rough shape. I hesitated for a minute on whether or not to get it…LOL, no I didn’t. Who doesn’t need more storage, am I right?? Plus, I love a challenge.

 

Antique Trunk Makeover Before - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Trunk Makeover before in rough shape - Life on Kaydeross Creek - This trunk needed a lot of TLC

 

Look how thick these sides are. I’m sure originally it had a nice cedar smell but now it kinda smells like moth balls.  That newspaper inside is from 1974. 🙂

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Inside - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Here’s what I used for this makeover:

  • Baking soda to get the smell out
  • Water/Vinegar mix to get the smell out
  • Chalk Paint (homemade)
  • Bun feet
  • Shelf liner (from the Dollar Store)
  • Craft Paint
  • Stencil brush

First things first, it needed a really good cleaning. I wiped the whole thing down, inside and out with half bleach and half water. Unfortunately, that didn’t get rid of the smell totally. I threw in the baking soda and let that sit for a few hours in the sun.

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Getting the smell out - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

That worked pretty well but after I cleaned out the baking soda I gave it a good spray of half water and half vinegar. That did the trick.

The outside of the trunk had a lot of wholes and divots in it. I filled them in with a lot of spackle. I used a putty knife to smooth it out. It took a few coats with sanding in between each to get it smooth.

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - filling in all the holes with spackle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - filling in the holes with spackle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once I had it all sanded and wiped down, it was on to paint. I used homemade chalk paint with plaster of Paris mixed with Creamy White paint. It took three coats to really cover.

 

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I really wanted to line the inside but didn’t want to spend a ton of money so I picked up this shelf liner at the dollar store. I love the color! It’s so clean and happy :).

 

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Blogger error here. I didn’t take any pic’s of installing this. I basically opened up the roll and cut it to length with scissors and then placed it inside. I lined it up, bent it along the side I was working on, creased it nd was able to use an X-acto knife to cut along the edge. I removed the handles on the ends to get it smooth on the inside.  Then we added bun feet to give it a bit of height.

Here’s how it came out. I’m using it in my Master Bedroom Closet for addition linen storage. We recently did a whole closet makeover which you can see here.

 

Antique Trunk Makever - Lining the inside with shelf liner - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I added a stencil to the outside with our initial and a number that has a special meaning.

 

 

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Antique Trunk Makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love a good furniture makeover. You can see our Painted Antique Hutch here and our rustic coffee table makeover here.

So this antique trunk makeover was quite the transformation. There’s nothing a good coat of paint can’t fix (or three). Have you seen something in your thrift shop/garage sale travels and thought it was too much work and bought it anyway?  Have you taken on that crazy project? I’d love to hear about it.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

 

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Painted Furniture – Dresser Makeover

Hi everyone!  I picked up this really cool dresser recently. Do I have time for another project right now? No. Do I need a dresser? No. But it has really good bones and cool features and it was only $20! It just needed to be rescued, you know? I love painted furniture so it’s time for a dresser makeover! See how this one went from awful to awesome…

 

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Here’s what I used to makeover this dresser:

So you can clearly see what I mean by awful. Someone tried to stain it and it looks like they either just slapped it on with a bad brush or didn’t wipe any off. What you can’t see is the really peculiar smell that it had, almost like cigars mixed with moth balls. I also think it may have sat in a barn for a time. But look at these cool built in cubbies…

 

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Where to start? I wanted to paint the bottom but keep the top stained. So after I removed the knobs, which we are replacing, I gave it a good sanding and was pleasantly surprised to find this…

 

dresser rs mid point

 

It was white underneath! I actually really like the way it looks like this. It is a really cool chippy, peal-y kind of look and a little antique-y (real word). Hubby said I should leave it the way it is and he usually has a really great eye but, unfortunately, the sides did not come out the same way at all so I had to paint them white. I’m thinking at this point that I can find a happy medium if I distress it.

For the top, we stripped the stain off so that we could re-stain it properly.  Whomever stained it the first time didn’t do that great of a job so it wasn’t that hard to get off. Once it was sanded and wiped down, we used Watco Danish Oil in Dark Walnut and then a couple of coats of polyurethane. It came out really pretty.

 

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So, on to dealing with the smell issue. I looked up removing smells from wood on line (it is truly amazing what you can find) and I ended up using a combination of things because it was that bad. First, after removing the drawers, I washed the entire thing down with bleach and water. That did not seem to help at all, maybe took the edge off just a bit. Then I dumped a ton of baking soda in it and let it sit for a few days. I had actually done this in the car once when milk got spilled and it worked great.

 

Painted Furniture - Dresser Makeover - Remove smell from old furniture - thrift store upcycle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This seemed to help quite a bit but did not get rid of it entirely. Then I washed it all down with Murphy’s Oil Soap to both help remove the baking soda and the smell. Better still but not gone 100%. Finally we replaced the bottoms of 3 out of the 4 drawers and that pretty much did the trick.  UPDATE: I have since used half water and half vinegar in a spray bottle and applied it to the inside of another piece with a weird smell. That worked really well but took quite a few layers to finally remove the smell.

So after replacing those and then the knobs (purchased at Hobby Lobby on sale for $2.99 each) the dresser cost about $45. Of course, if you paid me by the hour to re-do it, it would cost you approximately $1000 with all of the hours I spent on it. Just kidding. It was a labor of love and I think turned out just lovely! I think it’s worth saving something that has such character.

 

Painted Furniture Dresser Makeover using chalk paint - thrift store upcycle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Painted Furniture using chalk paint - thrift store upcycle - Dresser Makeover from Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Do you have a project that was a labor of love? Painted furniture requires some serious work but if you take the time and do it right, the finished project is always worth it!

Update: See where it finally found a home as part of our Master Bedroom closet makeover.

Check out these other painted furniture projects…

Antique Trunk Makeover

Antique Trunk Makeover - Master Bedroom Closet - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Hutch Makeover

Painted furniture - styled with vintage finds - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Happy DIY’ing!
Col

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