Dresser Evolution

In September, I posted about the bamboo dresser that my dad and I refurbished together to use as a tv console. In addition to that project, we also transformed my childhood dresser around the same time. (Last year, I had purchased my first condo and had ZERO furniture to my name, hence all the fixer-upper projects!)

The originally custom-built piece had been sitting in my parents basement since I was 15 years old, and although was a high quality piece, was in need of a decent makeover before making the move to South Boston.

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Thank you to my dad for helping me sand, prime and paint this bad boy! Action pic removing all the drawers.

Choosing a paint color for the piece was tough – mostly because I didn’t yet know what color I wanted to paint my bedroom walls. The dresser held special meaning to me and I didn’t want to screw it up!! I ended up selecting hardware first, and then coordinating a neutral gray tone to match it. We then sanded, primed and painted, and added little wooden carvings to the top drawers (you can find these at Home Depot – they just glue on!)

Paint: Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl, Hardware: Anthropologie

paint chips and hardware

I was also very inspired by Benjamin Moore’s 2015 Colour Trends! This home – with its subtle pink walls, white trim and gray furniture looked heavenly to me. I ended up selecting this exact color pink for my bedroom walls a few months later…Pink Damask.

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Images from Benjamin Moor 2015 Colour Trends lookbook

Before and after (unfortunately I forgot to take really good before pics! But you get the general idea here.)

Before and After Painting Picture

dresser hardware

Final gray painted dresser DIY

Finally, a YEAR later I purchased this mirror from Pottery Barn during their Friends and Family Sale to hang above the dresser. I love the clean, calm look (and a large mirror helps to make my room appear a bit larger.)


Up next: Finding a great headboard or a large framed print to hang over the bed, and potentially switching up the nightstands/lamps (I know, I know – that lamp is huge and the table is too little.)


Open to ideas and suggestions for side tables and lighting for smaller-sized bedrooms…enjoy your weekend!

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