Yellow Dresser Makeover

Here’s the before picture of this monster! It was in pretty rough shape, sitting at the end of the road, waiting to be junked. It was right down the road from our house and John and I were on the way to pick up a different dresser on craigslist. We (of course) had to stop and get this one first. One problem… it was so big we couldn’t fit it in the van with the kids. We left them on the side of the road in their car seats and brought it home quickly. Just kidding! I crack myself up. For true, we had to drive home with the back of the van open and it dangling out about a foot. Funny site, tis true! :)

After a lot of tender care, we filled all the holes, fixed the drawers, cleaned out the pair of men’s whitey tidies in one of the drawers, and got our painting on. I’ve been wanting to do something yellow for a while so here’s my chance!

For step by step painting directions, see this post: How To Paint Furniture
Here’s some of the along the way shots.

Filled the middle drawers with wood filler because I thought that the original handles were too much!

Used a wood plainer to smooth out the warped top.

Filled in all of the damaged area with wood filler. Sanded it down.

First coat of yellow.

Painted the old larger nobs with a glossy black, added new smaller knobs that I bought from Hobby Lobby.

Taped it off and added a black strip across the top.

Glazed the edged with Martha Stewart’s chocolate glaze. Coated it with Polycrilic.

All done!

How To Paint Furniture

Stopping by to see how to transform your furniture? We’re here to help it go from drab to fab! Since painting has the same steps no matter what the piece, we’re creating this page to help everyone!

The steps that we take to repurpose furniture with a professional finish are below. For a home DIY project, we highly recommend the RePurpose ReColor Chroma Colors paint line that we sell in our store. You can skip the sanding and priming steps! It works a lot like chalk paint, but you don’t have to wax it either! One quart should be enough for most sized furniture projects, too! It’s a win, win!
Recolor Paint RetailerLooking to do it as a business or get a fine finish? Here you go… Step by step instruction for you! ;)

Step 1 – Prep the Surface
Make sure it’s the right surface to be repainting. Although there are some products designed to paint plastic, laminate, etc, the easiest to work with is solid wood or a good wood veneer. The others can be a bit tricky. If the wood is glossy, you’ll want to sand it with 100-120 grit sand paper. We prefer to use an electric sander on all top surfaces and hand sand using a sanding block on the detailing. If it’s unfinished wood, ignore this step.

Step 1 – Repair 
Fill in any holes, scratches, etc, using wood filler and a putty knife. We use Elmer’s Carpenters wood filler.

Step 2 – Prep the Surface
Make sure it’s the right surface to be repainting. Although there are some products designed to paint plastic, laminate, etc, the easiest to work with is solid wood or a good wood veneer. The others can be a bit tricky. If the wood is glossy, you’ll want to sand it with 100-120 grit sand paper. We prefer to use an electric sander on all top surfaces and hand sand using a sanding block on the detailing. If it’s unfinished wood, ignore this step.

Let it completely dry (the dry time depends on the size of the holes). Sand the spots with wood filler smooth. Also, remember if you are going to be replacing the knobs, take them out now and fill in the original holes so that you can drill new holes that are the correct size (unless they match exactly). If you have hardware on the piece that you like the look of but not the color, leave it on the piece and prime that, too. After it’s primed, remove it and use spray paint to paint it the color of your choice. Using the same hardware will save you a ton of money!

Step 3 – Clean It Well
Clean, clean, clean. Most likely if it’s been sitting around long enough to need a paint job, it needs a good cleaning. If you don’t clean the surface well, the paint won’t stick properly and you won’t get a nice smooth finish. There are plenty of different products out there and I am not married to just one. At the moment, I am using a vinegar and water mixture because I like things all natural as much as possible. I breath in enough chemicals as it is, thank you very much. :)

Step 4 – Bonding Primer
Time to prime! We use a water based primer and try to stick with Zinsser 1-2-3 Primer/Stain Killer. You’ll want to look for the gallon that says it sticks to all surfaces without sanding.

We use this for a couple reason. It is less toxic than oil based primers and it is easier to clean up. Not to mention, it does an awesome job!!
You can apply all of your product with a brush (pay more for a good one, trust me, it’s worth it!), a foam roller brush or an air sprayer. If you are doing this as a one time job, just use a foam brush and foam roller brush. I think it applies better than using a regular bristle brush. We use a commercial air sprayer which is a huge investment (it took us 4 years to buy the one we use). If you use an air sprayer to paint using latex paint, you will need to water it down to have it work correctly and not get spitting. See the user manual for your sprayer to find out the exact mixture needed.

Step 5 – Paint
Time to paint with the color of your choice.The same brush choice applies as in Step 4. We prefer Clark and Kensington or Benjamin Moore paint. As a tip – check out the “oops” section of your local hardware store to see if they have paint that has been returned. This will save you A TON of money if you can’t find the right color. As you begin to paint, make sure you do thin coats of paint so you don’t get dripping and uneven coverage. Always watch for drips. Drips love me and want to ruin my life! If you catch them quick, it’s much easier to fix.

Step 6
If you are going to be painting something that will be getting a lot of use (table top, dresser top), you will want to add a sealer to protect it. We have used Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic Protective Finish in “Clear Gloss”.

Step 7

This may feel like the hardest part! Wait, wait, wait. Even God rested on the 7th step of creation right? Everything needs time to dry and harden. It’s best not to use a piece for 5-7 days and can take up to 30 days to completely cure. I know, I have cheated and put it in place earlier than that but it’s risky business. If you want to put it in the room and not touch it or put anything on it, that should be ok. Just enjoy it from a distance for a week, ok?

Lot’s of stuff to read, I know, but it’s not that hard. Trust us! You can do it and if you try and can’t finish, shoot me an email I’ll try to help.
Here’s some of our recent before and afters for you, too.
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See how much life a little paint can bring??

Happy Painting,

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Revitalizing an Antique Maple Dining Room Set- Part 2

So, this dining room set was purchased from a man on craigslist who was moving into a smaller house. He and his wife wouldn’t have room for this set and their loss was our gain. I believe he told me it was his wife’s grandmothers and about 100 years old. Here’s the before shot.

Since this was going to be part of a dining room set, we went back and forth on the color. I didn’t want to be same ole same ole and do red like I’ve already done, but I thought red would look really nice and tie in well with the chairs and table we are already working on. So, red it is! First, clean all parts of the hutch really well with a cleaner. Then, use a primer that doesn’t require sanding. Ok, sprayed it with a grey primer.

Before I primed everything, I put duct tape around each drawer so I could leave it in place and paint it.

When I was getting everything cleaned out, I found that they had left the original handles to the piece. I was almost as excited as on Christmas morning! I had bought new hardware for the hutch, but these were AMAZING. All I had to do was spray paint them black.

While we were carrying the top piece from the barn, the bottom section broke off. John quickly laughed and said, “Glad we’re fixing that”. I am sure our neighbor Tom must laugh at us as he watches us lug everything around. I know he laughed at John with that comment. Anyway, he had to glue the parts together with wood glue and clamp it back together.

Ok, now time to paint it all that beautiful Behr California Poppy Red! Two coats please.

After that, John painted the inside of the hutch a Swiss Coffee White Behr paint. We actually had to do three coats of white to get it to look smooth.

Let it dry for a couple days and then time to apply the Martha Stewart glazing that I love so much! I put it all over the detailing on the wood, waited 10 minutes, and rubbed it off with a damp rag until it had the look I wanted.

Are you ready for the finished product? Here it is… exquisite!

The before and after!

Thank you for featuring us on your blog, Heather!


How to Update Your Dining Room Chairs

Do you have an old dining room set that you would like to replace? Think about repainting it instead. This is step 1 of 3 in our redesign project – revitalizing an antique maple dining room set. The table is taking us longer than we expected and the hutch is almost done so we decided to break this up into 3 posts.

First, the chairs had a nice design about them, but we didn’t like the color of the wood. Also, we thought glazing would bring out the intricacy in the detailing. We lightly sanded each piece, primed and painted them using our air sprayer. Be careful, because it will drip easily. We had to touch them up quite a few times.

Love, love!

Next, we headed to Hobby Lobby and picked out new fabric for the seats. We brought it home and didn’t like it. Back I went with both little ones determined to pick the right thing. We ended up going with this beautiful fabric. I am breaking the news about the hutch, but I decided to do it red so this fabric should hopefully tie everything together.

There were two layers of fabric already, a green that we removed and this original gold color.

Here are the tools you’ll need:

Fabric scissors would work better, but I couldn’t find mine. You’ll want to flip the seat cushion up side down and then pull out all of the staples. Then cut the fabric leaving about 1-2 inches extra on all sides. The tough part about this pattern is that you have to keep it in a straight line. We carefully made sure that each pattern was lined up the same way for all four chairs, too. After the fabric is cut, lay the cushion upside down on the table and staple about one inch from all the edges and make the staples about 3-4 inches apart.

Bunch the corners like so and staple quite a few times to make sure they are secure. When you get to the last side to staple, make sure you pull tightly so their is no loose fabric.

Then trim the excess fabric to give it a clean look.

Then I sanded the corners of the chairs for an antiqued look. Last but not least… glazing. I rubbed it all over the detailed wood and waited about 5 minutes. After that I rubbed most of it off using a damp rag.

Pretty, right?

Up next, spray it with a Polycrilic to seal all of the exposed wood and keep it from being easily scratched. Last but not least, attach the seats with the screws that were originally attached. Here’s the finished product!

Remember to stay posted to see the rest of this dining room set makeover. See the hutch behind the chair?? That’s tutorial is coming next. If you like what we’re doing, please like us on Facebook at: or share this on Pinterest!

Happy Redesigns!


How to Repaint a Chandelier

So many people don’t notice the lighting in a room and settle for the run of the mill brass or silver light, but in this post we’ll show you a cheap way to add new life to your room by simply changing out the lighting fixture.

One of the hidden treasure in our area (and most likely in your area) is the Habitat for Humanity Restore. There are two within 45 minutes from our house. When houses are gutted or when people bring in donations for Habitat for Humanity, they are bought to the Restore to sell, helping to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. You can find anything from furniture pieces to paint.We went there to find new lighting for Sweetie’s (aka, our 2 year old daughter’s) room and our bedroom. Both rooms had simple dome lights and needed something. You CAN’T beat the prices. We bought a new light for our bedroom for $15 and Sweetie’s for $25. Here’s what it looked like to start with.

It’s a pretty typical brass chandelier? This was one of the next steps to Sweetie’s room transformation. I wanted it to match the pink in the Argyle Dresser that we just repainted for her. So, I bought Krylon pink spray paint for metal or wood. First, you want to pull the white candle stick parts off (they should slide right off). Then, I grabbed a scrap piece of wood and screwed 6 of the longest sheet-rocking screws that I could find and into the wood. If you put each candle stick part on a screw it will be much faster and easier to paint. Then I spray painted each one with cream.

Next, I cleaned every part of it really well with just a simple cleaner 1 part white vinegar to 10 parts water. Let the chandelier completely dry. Some people say to tape off the lights and that may be a good idea. I have never done that and it doesn’t seem to cause any problems, but I guess it couldn’t hurt, right? Ok, off to the barn to paint the chandelier. Try to get spray paint that is a paint and primer in one so you don’t have to prime the chandelier first. You want to remember to spray paint lots of light layers. Don’t over do or it will drip. I tried to keep them light and it still dripped. I think we did a total of 6 coats of spray paint. It only takes a couple minutes to dry so it was all still done in one night.   Here’s near the end of the coats.

Here it is… making the room fit for a princess.

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Happy Redesigns!



How to paint your dresser with a Pottery Barn-ish style!

I bought this dresser at the same time as the Grey Dresser with Black Glaze. She had quite a few scratches, but I knew she could become a beauty in no time at all.
First, we filled in all the scratches with putty  but you could use wood filler, too.Then we sanded those spots down lightly. I primed it using the air sprayer because I was already priming other things. Then I painted it with tan satin Behr paint that I had bought. It came out a little too much like a flesh color so I mixed it with a white/grey that I had and repainted it. Since we wanted to paint this two different colors, I used a foam roller brush to paint it.

While that was drying, I spray painted all of the handles using black satin spray paint. Remember to use tooth picks in the side of each handle to keep them handles up.

After the bottom was painted two times and dried, I tried using a black paint I already had for the top, but it came out grey and I didn’t like the look at all.

So, I decided to try a new paint that I had read a lot about online. It’s Benjamin Moore Low Luster Enamel. It’s pricey, but I would definitely say it’s worth the money. It’s the best black paint I’ve used so far!

Buying this paint was a funny story. For some stupid reason, I thought that Sherman Williams sold Benjamin Moore paint. Who would have thought that Sherman Williams sells Sherman Williams paint? lol  I walked into Sherman Williams and couldn’t find anyone who worked there. I walked all around and noticed one customer who was standing in the back so I asked him where the Benjamin Moore Paint was. Blonde moment! He laughed at me and said, they carry that at Benjamin Moore stores. Duh!! I just laughed at myself and headed off to our local Benjamin Moore store. They were very helpful and even gave me 10%; now I like that!! :)

One nice thing is that this paint is self priming. It has a glowing hunter green look when you first apply it. Don’t worry, it will turn black, I promise! :) I had to paint three thick coats using a foam brush for the edges and a foam roller for the top. Then, I applied a coat of Polyacrylic sealer just to make sure it would be well protected. We also used a 150 grit sanding block to rough up the edges of the drawers giving this dresser a Pottery Barn-like look.

Here’s the before and after

And some close ups for you!

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Happy Redesigns!



Try, Try Again Argyle Dresser

This dresser is the heaviest dresser I’ve carried so far! Holy heaviness batman! It wasn’t in bad shape, but it had some scratches and the paint had yellowed (probably from using polyurethane instead of polyacrylic). I wanted to try this idea that I read about online using gift wrap paper on the top of the dresser. I found some fun paisley pink and teal paper and it inspired me to try doing a girls room dresser. The problem was, I HATED it. It was such a bummer at the end. All of that work and to feel like it’s not great in the end. Here’s it at the first “finished” stage.

I guess this could be someones cup of tea, but it just wasn’t mind. The paper bubbled all over the top. Other sites said that it would, but it would have a leather-like look. I disagree. I think it had a wrinkled paper look. Maybe they had a trick I didn’t, but I just couldn’t take how much I disliked it. So, I started again. This time I was doing it for our little Sweetie’s bedroom.

First, here’s all the products we used to redo the dresser the 2nd time.

Citri-Strip (it’s safe to use inside), Behr interior eggshell paint, Minwax Cherry Mahogany stain and poly, Rust-Oleum hammered brown spray paint, Martha Stewart’s metallic glaze – mercury satin, a plastic scraper (I forgot to put that in the picture), a foam roller and foam brushes.

This was my first time trying out the Citri-Strip based on recommendations I read about online. I thought it worked really well. The only tough part in this case is that I had some gift wrap that just wouldn’t come off so it made stripping the top very difficult. Use a paint brush to apply the stripper and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Then use a plastic scraper to scrape it off. I used a metal one at first, but found the plastic to work just as well if not better.

The paint came off quickly and I redid this step about 3 or 4 times to get it all off. Then we hand sanded it to make sure it was ready to use the Minwax.

I then used the foam brush and roller to hand pain the bottom section. I mixed a tan and grey that I had to make a beautiful cream color. This is the first time I’ve used the roller and I LOVED it. No drips, spray, light spots. It takes a little longer than using an air sprayer, but still a good option for future projects.

I went to Hobby Lobby and bought an awesome argyle stencil. Her room already has argyle on her kitchen so I thought it would work well.

I mixed the grey (that I had mixed with the tan)  and the pink (that I had used for the first finished dresser) to make it a very light pink. I wanted it to almost blend with the current color on the dresser. I taped the template using painters tape and started painting.

I really love how it came out!

Then I used a foam brush to apply the Minwax to the top. While that was drying, I used the glaze on the bottom half to give it subtle depth. I also took the handles off and sprayed them with the hammered brown color. I went with hammered because they were pretty simple, and it added some character. Thanks to my mom for this one! She drove all the way to the store for me to get it even though she wasn’t feeling well herself. I was home with sick little monkeys so it meant a lot! :)

Here she is… the first step to Sweetie’s room makeover. You’ll see the rest of the room makeover as we go. Even if it takes me a year. What do you think??

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Grey Dresser with Black Glazing

This was in great shape so it was a quick, easy makeover. Here’s a quick overview!

  1. Fill the top two handle holes with wood filler so I could make it one knob
  2. Lightly sand the whole piece
  3. Prime
  4. Used the air sprayer to paint it with a medium grey (satin)
  5. Prime and paint the handles black
  6. Glaze the edges with Martha Stewart’s dark glaze
  7. Cover the whole thing with a polyacrylic sealer

A couple shortcuts this project.
Put tooth picks in the handles to hold them up while spray painting them. It makes it a much faster step.
Put duct tape on each drawer and leave them in place while spraying the whole dresser.

Here’s the finished project!

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Happy Redesigns!

Sarah :)

Tree Room Ideas

Right now we are working on a dresser for Sweetie’s room. This is the first step of her room redesign. I really want to repaint her room and put a tree on one wall. Here’s a couple sites that have inspired me so I thought I would share them to hopefully inspire you.

Hugh’s Room by Nest Design

Nursery for Baby Cragg

Levi’s Nursery Room via OhDeeDoh

Tiffany Thiessen’s baby nursery via Celebrity Babies

Marion House via Bloesem

Big Brown Tree via HGTV

Stella’s Room by 

Wall Sticker by

Wall decal from Janey Mac – Vinyl Wall Decals

So, which one is your favorite?

Shabby Chic Style White and Teal Hutch

This hutch redesign was fun and required some creative thinking. Thankfully, John and I like being creative. We drove almost an hour from home to buy this hutch from a nice family who had so kindly allowed Spiderman to live with them. I didn’t know Spiderman is 3, almost 4, and looks for lions in the jungle. :)

We liked the structure of the piece, but once we inspected it more closely, we noticed flaws we hadn’t seen when we picked it up. One was the fact that the right hand door didn’t meet the center wood piece. It would be a pain to fix and I thought that the doors made it too closed in looking. See the gap?

Also, I didn’t like where the handles were located on this piece. Not only on the top, but also on the drawers. I fixed the drawers by simply filling the holes with spackling compound, sanding them down and then priming over the whole piece.

To fix the top, I hammered off all of the front of the hutch. It actually came off pretty easily; no cutting required.

I primed the whole piece with the pale grey primer that I already had from the Red Hutch redesign. After that dried, the second step was to paint the entire hutch a warm white color. I had to let that dry and paint it a second time. I used a paint brush for all of these steps because I thought it gave the piece the antique, chic look I was going for. Next up, I put painters tape around each shelf so the teal I was painting on the back of each shelf wouldn’t get on the white.

I also added a stencil between both bottom drawers to give it a more sophisticated look.  This time I used a painting sponge instead of a paint brush and it worked much better.

See the cute knobs? I picked those up for $1.50 each on sale at the Hobby Lobby! Love the fleur-de-lis with the black showing through. That inspired me to distress the piece to bring out some of the original wood. So, I went at it with our electric sander. I tried using a sanding block, but it just wasn’t getting to the wood as quickly as I wanted. I know, so impatient! lol

Anyway, I found that if you use the side of the sander it gave me the look that I was going for. I went on all the edges of the shelves and drawers and then randomly on the sides and back of the hutch. Then we added white trim on either side of the front of the shelves to give it a more polished look. And what’s the last step? That’s right, Polyacrylic it with our sprayer. Are you ready for the finished beauty? Here she is!

Oh, and while I was taking the picture… my little beauty wanted her picture taken with it.

How can you say no to that? It was family movie time… hence the bowl of popcorn. :)
So, once again here is the before and after.

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