I am here today to tell you the story of my husband’s childhood dresser makeovers.That’s right, two times this dresser has received new looks. This furniture piece has moved to many apartments, across the country and back again, and into our home together. We decided that this storage item would make a great addition to our son’s bedroom. The only problem was that it didn’t match our decor plans for the room. So, me being the DIYer I am, I gave it a well deserved makeover.
From Wood to White:
The dresser started out with a dark wood stain. It just didn’t fit into the visual of our baby boy’s nursery of blue and white.
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(Please excuse the bad photography here. This was before I took the Shoot Fly Shoot Photography class. FYI: This class really is amazing!)
So, I primed it and gave it several coats of white paint. I also updated the chunky hardware to these basic silver pulls.
I absolutely loved this dresser white. So clean looking.
But as any DIYer can tell you, sometimes you just need to change things up.
From White to Gray:
As our son is getting older, he has been wanting a “big boy” room. (This is the vintage airplane themed room I have been working on.) Our color scheme has changed again and it was time to repaint the dresser.
I mixed up some of my own gray-blue chalkboard paint and got to work.
After two coats, it had a new look. We doodled on it with some chalk then wiped our drawings away.The chalkboard paint gives it an old kinda beat up look.
For this makeover, I spray painted the hardware with Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Paint and Primer.
It amazes me that one piece can have so many different looks.
We would love to hear your thoughts! Are you a fan of the clean white? The vintage gray? Or maybe you prefer the original stain. Leave us a comment and let us know!
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If you follow our blog regularly, first off THANK YOU. Secondly, you may have been wondering what’s happened with the “big boy” bedroom transformation I have been working on for my oldest son. Well, it’s not quite finished yet. (I know, I am taking forever.) But, I do have a vintage airplane room update to share with you of what we have done so far.
Let’s go back to the beginning. Here is what the room looked like before we started.
Our journey began with a new wall color. We had the paint color matched to Restoration Hardware’s Atmosphere Blue. My son helped me sand down each of the stripes that were part of his nursery and he also assisted with painting the walls. He really enjoys helping with any project.
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Still to come…
White is nice, but we were ready for a change with this dresser. It has a brand new color that I am hoping to unveil to everyone soon.
This room needs some airplane accents. Stay tuned to see what I will be doing with this guy.
As you can see, the closet needs a little TLC. We have big plans for this space and are hoping some day to find some time to work on them.
While there is still some work to do, I am extremely pleased with all we have finished so far and so is my son.
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I have been working hard on transforming my oldest son’s room from nursery to a “big boy” room. I am so excited to share this desk redo with you and the meaningful story that goes along with it.
We grew up in a small town in Ohio. During the days when our parents were working and my big sister (Erin) was at school, I spent my time at an in home daycare. Lucky for me, it was also our grandparents’ house.
I have so many fond memories from this period of my life. One of my favorites is the time when my cousin Amy and I discovered where our grandfather kept his secret stash of chewing tobacco. The hiding spot was in the bottom, back of a drawer in his desk. In the exchange for our silence in not telling our grandmother, he gave my cousin and I our very own special drawer in that same desk to keep our drawings and art work in. Our Grandpa was definitely not someone who was afraid of conflict, but he always said “Grandma is the boss and don’t want to make Boss Nanny mad.” So we kept our silence and our drawer.
It has now been 25 years since then and our grandpa has passed away. The desk remains in pretty good shape and I am now the proud owner.
When I first inherited the desk, I opened each of the drawers and was hit with a very familiar smell. Tobacco. Ah, Grandpa. As I opened our special drawer, I saw crayon marks all along the walls of the it. The memories just kept coming back to me.
As much as I loved this desk as it was, it did need a little work. When trying to decided what to do with it, I thought about my grandpa and how back in 2010 he was in the nursing home, not doing too well. I was pregnant with my first son and he kept saying he wanted to see that baby before he died. He did end up getting his wish and I hope our grandfather would be pleased that my oldest son will be getting this desk in his room.
To spruce this baby up, I first sanded down the entire exterior.
Next, it was time for the stain. Using a natural brush I applied a coat of Minwax Special Walnut to the desk and drawer fronts. I made sure to wipe off any excess stain that did not soak into the wood with a rag.
Then, I used a synthetic brush and swept on three coats of Minwax Polycrylic. I love this stuff because it is water based and does not leave the surface looking yellow.
Finally, I added some new hardware, stood back, and admired my work.
I just love how it turned out and my little guy is pretty excited too. His one and only request was that we display a few pictures of our family on top of it. Do most four year old boys request pictures of their parents to have in their bedroom? I think it is so sweet. I found these fun art frames at Tiny Prints and they work perfectly for our needs.
It’s so wonderful to have this meaningful piece of furniture in my home. And someday, when my son gets older I will have the pleasure of explaining to him why his desk smells so weird. Haha.
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