Tuesday, October 13, 2009

riddle me this.

What do you get when you have:

a dear friend (Ashley) who knows you well,
a helpful goodwill manager and mother-in-law (in the same city),
twenty bucks,
a dad with muscles and a big truck,
left over from a previous project RL 'roadster white' paint,
black spray paint,
and a nifty little gravity-fed spray gun from a very sweet hubby?


I didn't distress this piece as it was pretty beat up to begin with and looks so elegant now that I couldn't bring myself to tear up it's pretty new paint. Hubby supportively agreed. (Love when he does that.)
With all the projects happening around here and me always being frugal, I simply bought new knobs for the top drawers since one was missing anyway, and coated all hardware with primer and spray paint so no splurge there. However, I actually really like the way the simple knobs look in contrast to the ornate pulls.

Considering this now multi-functional beauty started out as this:


I'd say it turned out prettier than even I imagined.
(do you see those pretty little legs? ahhhhh.)

And just so it's clear that things have been very hectic around here with projects still. Here is a before shot of what our newly dubbed "sitting area" looked like.

It took on a yellow hue from the flash at night...
Dear Santa (a.k.a. handsome hubby), please bring me a new camera. ;)

But if you look past that you'll notice what a big difference new carpet, a pretty new piece for organization, and a little black spray paint on an otherwise not so pretty light fixture makes.

I have spooky plans for this area in preparation for our little pumpkin's Halloween birthday bash so it won't look like this for long but hopefully it turns out equally as pleasing to our eyes.

See a similar dresser used in another not-so-ordinary (yet unique and beautiful) function here.


  1. Amanda its gorgeous!!! You did such a great job! How lucky are you to have a mother in law who is a goodwill manager?!?! Thats so sweet cause she can be on the look out for you! Something tells me this won't be the only sweet furniture makeover you do! I can't wait to see how you dress it up all spooky for Halloween...
    and thank you for linking to my recent transformation! You rock!

  2. Rebecca you're too sweet. And funny. My mother-in-law isn't a goodwill manager (that would get me in alot of trouble, lol) she happens to live in the same town the goodwill store is that my dearest friend Ashley found this dresser. So here's what happened: Ashley texts me a photo of this dresser. I call goodwill (an hour or so away from me) and ask if they'll hold it a week until my dad can pick it up. The kind manager said he "would do that for ME" as long as someone came to pay for it while being held. That's when the call was placed to mother-in-law and she (without hesitation) said she'd run over on lunch and drop off twenty bucks. It was all so easy, it was meant for me. :)

  3. Ooooooooooh!!!! LOL! Boy was I confused! Wow you have some sweet and helpful friends and family! I can't believe the nearest goodwill is an hour away! What a trek! But for a gorgeous $20 piece of furniture I'd do it too!!!

  4. ...and the cuteness continues. LOL! The nearest goodwill to my home is roughly a 3 min. drive. Don't judge, it's a small town. ;) The goodwill that had that dresser, is where my good friend and mother-in-law live, which is the one that's an hour away. :) However, my dad making the trek for me was super sweet. AND, come next week... I may just be making a four hour round-trip drive to pick up a farm table for our kitchen that has captured my heart! Stay tuned...

  5. This is BEAUTIFUL!!! What a great find. I'm finishing a sideboard now and unfortunately chose to do red--it is killing me!!!! I love what you've done with yours.

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! I can't believe you scored it for only $20! That is crazy!

  7. Your dresser looks really lovely - I actually thought the photo was one you were using for inspiration and not actually your dresser - very impressive!

  8. I turned out great!! I'll have to check that color out - asap!! Very nice


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