Monday, May 3, 2010

Shabby Chic Dresser and Mirror


I am linking this post to Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch.

 This dresser seemed to be the never-ending project.  We bought it back in January for $40.  It was painted black, with black wooden knobs.  Here is a picture of it after it had been sanded, without the drawers:

 Since it was too cold to take it outside and spray paint it, I decided to paint it in the basement. Notice the reddish tint in the photo above?  Even after three coats of primer, and at least four coats of white paint, a hint of PINK still came through.  My father seems to think the dresser is made from red maple; my husband thinks it's made from some kind of fruit wood.  All I know is it took a heck of a lot of paint to make it actually look white. The first nice weekend we had, I took it in the yard and spray painted it.  I wish I had done this from the start. Spray painting it gave it the best coverage. 
Just when I thought it was nearly done, and I could get my daughters' clothes in order, we realized the drawers had swelled, and we couldn't fit them into the dresser! (It wasn't from all the coats of paint.) My husband had to take the drawers out to the garage and trim them down.  They needed another coat of spray paint after that.
On top of this, one of the new drawer pulls had broken.  UGH!

Last week, I found this mirror at the Kirkland's outlet, and I spray painted it white to match the dresser.  

Once I painted the mirror, I decided I wanted to paint the drawer pulls as well.  Now it has more of a shabby chic feel, rather than the Gustavian look I was originally going for, but I am happy with the result.


  1. It looks great! Good job on persevering through all the difficulties it presented.

  2. gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. totally worth all the coats of paint :)