Blog Challenge — Better After’s Dresser Makeover with Lindsey Allen

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"Better After" brings together the best of DIY makeover projects, including the great gold paint effect used on this console. Photo: Burlapandlaceblog.blogspot.com/

“Better After” brings together the best of DIY makeover projects, including the great gold paint effect used on this console. Photo: Burlapandlaceblog.blogspot.com

We challenged Lindsey Allen of furniture makeover blog “Better After” to share a few of her favorite fixer upper ideas using pieces on Krrb as inspiration. Check out the what creative suggestions she came up with for two dressers in need of a little TLC.

The Basic, Beat-up Dresser

Photo: Krrb.com/furnishgreen

Photo: Krrb.com/furnishgreen

This is the kind of dresser we see at every garage sale and on the curb, sitting forlorn and distressed. It’s made of pine, has three drawers and original brass pulls. It wouldn’t take much to pull this piece out its doldrums — just a bit of creativity to give it new life. The answer could be as simple as a fresh coat of paint.

“Nothing beats the power of paint, but going just a step or two further would make this makeover extra special,” Allen says. She suggests trying your hand at a design or graphic image.

Photo: Betterafter.net

Photo: Betterafter.net

“I love the idea of a two-toned look, and really like the off-centered style on this similar one from Natty By Design.”

Photo: betterafter.net

Photo: betterafter.net

“One big graphic punch across the drawers would add a whole lot of interest without much more effort like this Lady Liberty dresser.”

Photo: Paintedtherapy.blogspot.com

Photo: Paintedtherapy.blogspot.com

Take inspiration from your location, like these artists who used the Statue of Liberty as a motif or the Californians who created a fun bike piece. “Or this beach cruiser dresser.”

Photo: Paintedtherapy.blogspot.com

Photo: Paintedtherapy.blogspot.com

How cool is this birch branch look? The monochromatic color scheme paired with the simple tree paintings is a subtle and inviting combination.

And don’t forget the hardware. You can splurge on new handles and pulls or use recycled materials you have on hand.

Photo: Hollydo.blogspot.com

Photo: Hollydo.blogspot.com

“The dresser is also crying out for new handles, but that can get expensive fast. I love this idea by Holly Do,” Allen says. “Fashion your own handles out of a leather belt from a thrift store.”

Dresser With Simple Design

Photo: Krrb.com/1117

Photo: Krrb.com/1117

This Mengel Deco oak dresser has a great shape and outline with plenty of flat surface area to go decoration-wild. Consider the positive assets of your piece and highlight those.

“I think this dresser has a ton of potential,” Allen says. “If the wood is in good condition, I would consider just refinishing it with a natural stain, a classic look that will never go out if style.”

But if you’re itching for an update, try a paint or paper re-do. “It’s nice and sturdy, with big flat drawer fronts,” she says. “It’s perfect for a — dare I say it — découpage transformation. Even though découpage was a dirty word for a while there, its back and more relevant than ever.”

Photo: Betterafter.net

Photo: Betterafter.net

Consider covering the drawers in maps.

Photo: Betterafter.net

Photo: Betterafter.net

Textured wallpaper or even graphic fabric can work.

“These types of mod furniture pieces can also look great with an ombré paint job on the drawers,” Allen says. Like this coral piece:

Photo: Funcycled.com

Photo: Funcycled.com

Photo: Yearofserendipity.wordpress.com

Photo: Yearofserendipity.wordpress.com

And this mod blue dresser.

Thanks Lindsey for all these imaginative ideas!

 

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