Our guestroom has been in need of a dresser and I wanted something unique for it. Ideally real wood and not too costly.
|Our “new” yellow dresser.|
Hence my search on Craigslist. I looked off and on for several months before spotting what appeared to be the perfect find. I emailed and, according to the seller, was the first interested person to show up. At $15 and solid wood, it was a deal.
It was also in rough shape.
|Before: a diamond in the rough.|
The hardware was part original, part replaced and damaged. There were scratches and scuff marks galore. The bottom drawer was barely together and literally fell apart during my drive home! I laughed and rejoiced over my find. I knew it could go from rough to gorgeous.
After a good cleaning, sanding and priming, I painted it in a golden yellow color.
Then added all new bronze drawer pulls.
|New bronze pulls on the lower drawers.|
Something I hadn’t originally planned was to line the drawers. When I bought the dresser, it had a weird solid blue contact paper liner in every drawer. I managed to pull it out, but some areas remained a bit tacky. Rather than fighting it further or paint the insides, I purchased new liner and added it to the drawers. It’s a bit fresher of a print and adds a nice fun surprise when you peek inside.
|Top drawer with liner.|
One of the top drawers currently holds the TV and satellite remotes while the lower drawers have extra sheets and towels. The one thing our new house was missing is a linen closet. The yellow dresser in our guest room now tackles most of that duty.
|Side by side before & after shared on Instagram.|
The entire project cost under $50. For a unique, custom solid wood piece – I’d say that’s a win.