simple and cheap furniture update.

Have you ever been on Pinterest and noticed those amazing dresser transformations people have done? They’ve taken a complete mess and turned it into perfection by sanding it, priming it, painting it, and redoing the handles and knobs. It turns into a completely different piece of furniture. Well, I’m here to tell you that those things are not always necessary when trying to update a bedroom suite, especially if you are not a professional furniture updater…like myself.

When I first got married, my parents let us have the furniture from my old room growing up. The set included a big dresser, small dresser, and a side table. They are a dark wood stain (in very good condition), with gold handles. Yes, you read right…GOLD! Now, don’t get me wrong, I very much appreciate my parents giving them to us, but after looking at those things my entire life I needed a change FAST.

I knew I didn’t want to re-stain or paint the furniture, because I am in love with the color as it is. I just  wanted to give it a more updated look. So, the other day I set out to Lowe’s and Home Depot in search of the perfect new handles. As I was browsing, I realized that NONE of them were going to fit the 2 1/2 inch gap between the two screw holes. After getting over my frustration with the dresser manufacturers’ brilliant idea to use a measurement NO ONE else uses, I moved on to the spray paint section.

I found a silver that I liked and it included the primer + paint in one….I was sold. Less work for me. I took off all of the handles when I got home, took them outside and painted each one…all 18 of them. Shew!

When I was finished? No more gold and better looking set of dressers for just SIX DOLLARS. That is my favorite part. I also went over a few scratches with Old English Scratch Cover for Dark Woods. I am very pleased with how they look now!

dresser before&after

Handle Update Collage

I hope this encourages you, even a little bit, that it doesn’t always take a complete makeover to make older furniture look new again. Good luck!


extreme makeover: desk edition.

Well, we are officially moved and settled in to our new city. I found a job and started last Monday. We’ve had a blast so far…meeting new friends, catching up with old friends, and exploring the town. So far, it’s a winner!

When my husband was in college, he made a simple desk for his room with his brother-in-law. In our new place, we have room for it now so we got it back from his parents. It was very plain and had not been stained or painted, but it was a free desk, nonetheless. I figured with a little TLC we could turn it into a nice looking piece of furniture in our bedroom.

PicMonkey Collage

How to do the make-over:

1. Fill in any holes and gashes with wood putty.

2. Once the surface is dry, sand over the areas that have putty (either with an orbital sander or sand paper).

3. When you have a smooth surface, wipe down the entire desk with a damp rag.

4. Flip desk over so that the legs are in the air.

5. Apply paint to the legs and bottom of the base with the color of your choice. You’ll want two cans for this, to do at least 2-3 coats for a nice, even look.

6. After the paint has dried, flip the desk back over.

7. Next, you’ll stain the top with the stain of your choice.

8. Wipe the surface after applying the first coat with a dry rag, then apply a second coat without wiping it off.

9. Apply a coat of polyurethane for a finished look.

Stain color I used: walnut

Paint color I used: Satin (Valspar color)