My friend Angela found this unfortunate little feller at a garage sale for me.
The pros: wood construction, simple lines.
The cons: super bad knobs, dysfunctional top drawer/desk pull out thing.
The hardest part of furniture transformation is usually deciding what look I’m going for. But the vintage wallpaper and pink glass knobs I’ve had stashed away for months were the first things that came to mind when I saw this thing.
Step 1: Meet my oldest daughter, Grace! She was happy to smooth out the worst damage with a circular sander.
Step 2: Removed the top drawer and called on an expert to cut a piece of wood to fit in the bottom. Meet my husband, Jarrod…the builder, cutter, measurer of the family.
Step 4: Evened out the finish and distressed the edges with 220 grit on the circular sander. You can also use a sanding block.
Step 5: Applied one coat of Miss Mustard Seed furniture wax with a lint free cloth. Dottie sells this too but if you’re not in Eastern Oregon click on the MMS link to order or find a retailer near you.
Step 6: Blended in a light coat of MMS antiquing wax using the same cloth.
Step 7: Decoupaged vintage wallpaper to the drawer insert using Mod Podge, available at any craft store or Walmart. This vintage wallpaper was a score from my all time favorite antique store Monticello Antique Marketplace in Portland, Oregon.
Step 8: Attached pink glass knobs I bought about 10 years ago at Anthropologie.
And here she is! A sweet little dresser for a sweet little (vintage lovin’) girl.
Before & After