I don’t know about you but I hate seeing a good piece of furniture go to waste. Yeah it may be beat up a bit, scratched and dinged but with a little creativity it can be great again. Breathing new life into an old piece of furniture is quite rewarding. I love upcycling! You could say I’m even addicted to it. I look at everything for the potential it has.
Like this old dresser that’s been in the garage waiting for it’s new lease on life.
It was quite abused when I brought it home but I could see beauty in its future. The drawers were falling and it had stickers all over it. The first step was a good cleaning and to strip out the broken drawers. The bottom two drawers weren’t too bad so I decided to fix and keep those.
The next step was to line the top half with new wood shelves. I used pallet type wood that I have laying around in excess from my previous job that let me bring home scrap wood.
This dresser was not solid wood so I needed to paint it to cover the scratches and years of abuse left on its surface. I had just finished painting my kitchen cabinets and decided to use the same paint to tie the look into our dining area where this bookcase will live. I used Benjamin Moore’s Whale Grey on the outside and decided to paint the inside of the shelves white for that bright contrast.
The drawer pulls were originally bronze but I was looking for a more dramatic look so I painted them glossy black.
I love the look of rustic and handmade and am really pleased with how this piece came out. Our whole house is in the process of being remodeled and I cannot wait to see how this bookcase will look when the wall behind it is painted!
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