Red Dresser

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This little red dresser is probably one of my favorite furniture makeovers to date.  I love the bold red color.  It adds so much cheer to our little man’s room, where it currently resides.  It is the perfect size & height for a changing table, plus has the added bonus of tons of storage space.

I painted the walls in our little guy’s room a grayish blue {I hope to get in there & get some room pictures taken one of these days so I can share it with you all!}.  It’s very subtle & I love it, but it sort of demands a pop of color whether in accent pieces or furnishings in order to keep the room from being dull, especially for a child’s room.  When I set to working on this dresser, I knew I wanted it to be fun & something different.  It didn’t take me long to settle on red & in particular, Tricycle from Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint line.

Red Dresser Milk Paint

This was my first stab at using milk paint.  If you’re unfamiliar with milk paint, it comes in a powdered form & you mix it with water to the desired consistency.  It was a lot of fun to work with, definitely different from  any other kind of paint I’d ever used.

I was a little nervous after applying the first coat, as the dresser looked a very dull shade of pink, not at all what I was going for.  But I persevered through two more coats, plus applied a coat of Annie Sloan soft wax for a protective finish.  If I remember correctly, the top received 2 coats of wax since I knew it would be receiving heavy wear & tear as a changing table top.  

I’m not sure what I was thinking not taking pictures throughout the process, but life goes on.  I don’t even have a proper before picture with the drawers still in.  I get a little eager to start slapping paint on things sometimes!

Here’s what I do have for a before look…

Red Dresser Before


Red Dresser Drawers Before

As you can see, we did do some sanding to remove the glossy finish from before.

Red Dresser Drawers Before


And here’s a look at the after…

Red Dresser


I decided to keep the original hardware since it all matched & was all still in great condition.


Red Dresser


Red Dresser


Red Dresser


One of the characteristics of milk paint is that it can create a bit of a chippy look.  Marian talks about this a lot on her site, and it was one of the things that intrigued me about milk paint.  What’s even more fun, at least I think, is that you don’t always know what you’re going to get.  Sometimes milk paint will chip a lot, & other times very little or none at all, as was the case with this dresser.  I think that’s kind of cool.


Red Dresser

 Just looking at these pictures make me want to go paint something!!

Don’t be afraid to go bold sometimes, you might just love it!  And if not, well, there’s always more paint :).

Red Dresser


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Old School Filing Cabinet

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A few months ago I decided that I absolutely needed more storage space in my office.  I love to have things organized, hanging files with their little label tabs all lined up make me happy.  Weird, I know.

Lucky for me, I just so happened to have this beauty stashed in my little corner of the garage, just waiting for some attention.

Filing Cabinet

A super awesome friend of mine gave this to me when they were moving several states away {come back Beth!!}.

This hefty beast isn’t like the filing cabinets you buy nowadays.  It’s a combination of wood & metal, totally old school.

It does have a little wear & tear, a little water damage possibly on the bottom edges, but all in all, this thing was built to last.

After some clean up & a little sanding over a few rough patches, I went to town painting, using paint from the mistint section of Sherwin Williams {read – SUPER cheap!}.

Filing Cabinet

Because I was anxious to get my office storage in place, I got a little lazy & decided not to paint the drawer fronts.  I had considered making this a two-tone piece anyhow & because the drawer hardware would have been next to impossible to remove & because I thought trying to paint over the hardware would create one giant mess, leaving the drawers brown seemed to be the best option.

Filing Cabinet

There’s definitely some character marks in the brown paint, but I tend to like that look.  At some point I may end up adding a little more character by distressing the rest of the paint as well, but for now, I’m really happy with the look.

Filing Cabinet

And check out all that storage space!  Oh yeah!

Filing Cabinet

One more look.


Filing Cabinet

And after….

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Stairway Makeover {phase 1}

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It has been far too long since I’ve shared any updates on our house renovation project.  It might be because, since getting Wiley, very little has happened.  But, a fair amount of work did get done before that & I just neglected to share it then.  So, here’s one of the projects that is semi-completed.   I give you, the stairway…

This is looking at the stairway & hall area from the main floor, before we painted.  Not too bad here.

Then,  we venture up…..and things start to get dark…

From the molding up, everything was a DARK maroon color.  Not my favorite.  And, because the walls are all paneled in this area {another “not my favorite” feature, but we’ve decided to leave it for the time being} & the corner trim pieces had all been painted white, the fact that it’s paneled is all the more obvious.

So dark!

Rather than choosing two different paint colors for the upstairs portion of the stairway/hall & the downstairs portion, we decided to pick one color.  And because there are so many different rooms leading off of this space {8 to be exact}, we went with a neutral color that hopefully won’t clash with the connecting spaces.  We ended up with Dutch Boy’s Northern Climb.

Ta da!

I know, I know, you LOVE the red carpet.

There is so much more light in this area!  It much more cheerful.  I love it!

Which is good, because this is definitely not an area I am anxious to paint again.

The railing & banister was a beast.

There were a lot of hard to reach places…

And crazy ladder maneuvers…

This is so not recommended!

But it was worth it.  It always is!

Phase 2 of this particular project will be tearing up the carpets, refinishing the hardwood floors & replacing some of the trim.  It will be so much fun to have it all completed!

Magazine Stand Makeover

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I walk by this magazine stand in my hallway about 30 times a day & it just occurred to me earlier this week that I’ve never posted the before & after’s of it here.

I picked up this piece at a little garage sale last summer.  It caught my eye as soon as I walked up to the sale, I could tell it had so much more to offer than the drab, dated look it had to it here.

Unlike most of the fix ‘er up pieces I scoop up, I went to work on it right away, rather than adding it to my little project corner of the garage.  It just so happened that I had nabbed one of these bottles of spray paint from the clearance bin at Builder’s just the week before & hadn’t found a project for it yet.

If you can’t quite make it out, it’s Valspar flat spray paint, in a creamy white color.  It worked fabulous for this!

It was a beautiful day, so I worked on it outside so I didn’t have to be as concerned about the fumes, although I did still wear a mask just to be safe.  I went over it with a few coats, making sure to get all the little nooks & crannies.

I waited a day to be sure it was completely dry, then I took a sanding sponge & did some distressing to give it that country chic look.

I wasn’t too worried about the finish getting messed up, especially since I was going for the distressed look anyhow, so I didn’t bother adding a poly coat or wax but you definitely could if you wanted to on a project like this.

I love all the detailing of this piece…

I planned on refurbishing this piece & selling it right away but I ended up liking it so much that it’s staying put for now.

Hopefully I’ll have some more projects done & ready to share soon!

Have a great weekend!!