Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Dresser

After stalking Sarah and hailing Joyce, I got my own dresser. Remember this?

I found baskets, but I didn't like the shade. So..I painted them.
I present you with the final product!

Apparently, replacing a drawer with baskets is a LOT more work than it seems. I had to have the wood cut, I had to paint it, I had to buy brackets to put the wood in place, and my husband had to fight with it to make it level. NOT as easy as it would seem.
However, it was totally worth it. I'm still debating whether I want to keep it white or paint it cream to match my table and chairs. The weather has made me keep it white for now.
Remember those Christmas baskets I bought for .50 cents? Here they are in their green glory.

This was supposed to be for my kids' supplies, but it's turned into my craftroom on legs. If they're lucky, they'll get the top baskets, I guess.

Was the reveal worth the wait? Probably not. Was it worth it having a dresser in my kitchen? Totally.

178 comments:

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Wow! I really, really love it!!

julie & joe said...

It looks great!

Audrey said...

I think it looks really great!! I really love how your baskets turned out as well :-)

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

I think it's great!

Maureen said...

so. very. cool.

Kelly said...

I think it was worth all the effort. This is so nice! ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

~Mommy+Me~ said...

It's cute. I thought for sure you were going to have the jar of crayons on top. ;)

Kacey R. said...

Love it!

The Golf Widow said...

LOVE, LOVE LOVE IT! I stalked this dresser on Walmart.com. It got aweful reviews about quality so I did not order it, but yours looks great.Do you think it could hold up to little ones?

Nikki said...

Love it! I'm having dresser envy right now!

karlene said...

oh, I LOVE it, you did a great job!

ermakaluso said...

Love it! What kind of paint did you use for the baskets??

the Mrs. of the House said...

That looks fantastic! I really love it!
Now, come on over here and fix up my old dresser that way...

I'm in warm sunny Florida! :)

Lisha said...

I love the white! it looks so clean and fresh! I love it love it love it!! :)

Lisa said...

YES, YES, YES, IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT!!! I LOVE IT AND AM IN FAVOR OF IT STAYING WHITE. HUGS FROM MAINE.

http://sophie4me.blogspot.com/

Betsy said...

Could not have come out any better. looks amazing.

Deb said...

Love it, love it, love it!! I would definitely keep it white. Love how the baskets just totally change the look. Nice job with that.

Blissful Nikki said...

this is an amazing transformation! GREAT job!! :)

Caren said...

Looks really pretty. Nice job!

Ferrill said...

It looks fabulous!

Amber said...

It looks REALLY, really great!

Just wanted to let you know that I tagged you on my blog. :)

"Hello... It's Me Again..." said...

I love it! Great job!!!

Jamie
www.oktxok.blogspot.com

Jodee Leader said...

I love it!

DomesticDivasFancy said...

It looks awesome! So worth it I'm sure. I like it white.

sandra/tx said...

That was totally worth the wait. I love it! It'd also make a great kitchen island. So many uses for that piece.

TMS said...

That looks worth TONS of money!! LOVE IT!

monica said...

I like it... A LOT!

I think it looks great white.

~ Jamie ~ said...

All I can say is Awesome! Seriously, awesome! Love it! Great job!

HouseMama said...

It looks great (whatever color you decide on).

Nora said...

I love it. The baskets complete the look.

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

LOVE IT! My buffet in my kitchen is my craft room on wheels and it rocks my world. Every time I open my "ribbon drawer" I feel giddy!

Victoria said...

This is cool! I have a craft-and-everything-else dresser/desk that I painted peacock blue. It is so handy to have the drawers. I like your basket replacement idea.

The background here is beautiful, by the way.

Sandy Toes said...

Wow..it looks great!!!
-sandy toe

Willo said...

It is beautiful! And I love the idea of a dresser in the kitchen!

Julie said...

Chris I love it! It looks great with the baskets. I'm looking for one to put my tv on I may have to take out a drawer and put in baskets too.
have a great day
julie

Shay said...

It looks really good! it was worth the wait :)

Astrid said...

Chris- it looks awesome!

But....you've got me wondering...why replace the top drawer with baskets? Just for appearance? Or did you have an issue with that top drawer? Just curious. It looks beautiful!

Janene said...

Chris~
I just added you to my favs because I was fascinated by this dresser. It turned out fantastic!
What a wonderfully repurposed dresser!
You and your hubby did a great job!

Twice as Nice said...

It looks great. My only suggestion would be to think about replacing the drawer pulls with something similar to the drawer pulls you have in the kitchen. It may give it a less dresser look. I really do love it and would like one for my breakfast room.

Sherri S said...

I LOVE it! Adore it. Actually I'm coveting it, if I am honest 'bout it. Would look great in my new studio. Finding a spot for it might be an issue. Heck, I'll just toss out the bed. Send it on to Gawga! teehee! Thanks for sharing.

Kristin said...

I love it! Actually I really like it in white! I am already contemplating what I might put in a dresser like that! Hmmm!

Kelli said...

I LOVE it! This is such a cool place to keep supplies. I have been trying to think of something for my daughter's art stuff and I might have to do something similar.

Michelle said...

We have an old dresser in our kitchen as well. It was one my husbands grandfather made when he was ten. It's a little wobbly, but it's so wonderful. We keep all our napkins, napkin rings, season table decor, etc in there. I like the idea or having craft storeage in the kitchen. I have my own craft room but I always end up painting on the kitchen counter.

Sweet Bunny said...

It looks lovely and organized! Can't beat that!

The Brown Box said...

I love it--what a great idea! Now, I need to buy me an old dresser!

Kristin said...

Dang that looks good! Not so sure I'd go through all the work for it...but that's just cause I'm lazy! ;) Really looks great, though; I think I'll keep my eyes open to see if I come across a cool dresser at Goodwill or a garage sale.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Man!! Who'd a thunk it! It REALLY looks great. And how functional is that??! Perfect!

To The Moon and Back said...

Chris this looks great! LOVE IT! Can you tell me what paint you used for the baskets?

CocoJ126 said...

the dresser looks great hard work pays off...that includes bugging a hubbie and

You've been tagged:

The Rules:1. Go to your Picture Folder on your computer or wherever you store your pictures.2. Go to the 6th Folder, then pick the 6th picture in that folder.3. Post that picture on your blog and the story that goes along with the picture.4. Tag 6 other people that you know or don’t know to do the same thing and leave a comment on their blog or an e-mail letting them know you chose them

Have fun!

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Shannon said...

Totally worth it and very cute!!

Mimi Sue said...

Here's my 2 cents worth. Love how it turned out. Mimi

The Smith Family said...

I wish I could be creative. I really am going to try this year. I think the dresser looks AWESOME! I love checking out your blog to see what neat things you've done!! Keep it up girl!!!

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

TOTALLY!!!! Love it!!

M ^..^

(and that you are Anne Elliot! I never see that!)

M ^..^

Janiece said...

I love your blog!
and the dresser...cream
I did borrow on of your link buttons.
Cute, Cute Blog

Jenny said...

I love it!

Mandi said...

It really turned out great! Definitely worth the work in my opinion!

Kaitlyn said...

That looks so great! Love it :)

Barnes Yard said...

Oh Love it!! It does seem like it would be easy...Thanks for trying it out for us :)
-Jill

Emily said...

Love what you did with the dresser. After seeing this I think I'm going to try making over a metal filing cabinet.

MeganSloan said...

I like it! If I can find a long dresser, I'd want to do that for a buffet in my dining room ... I have an empty wall! Great job!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Look at all the organization! Rock on!

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

It looks great! I wouldn't think it would be that much trouble to put the baskets in either. Oh well, it sure looks great now!
-Kim

Suzanne said...

It looks amazing. Now I want one.

The Stewarts said...

I gotta know where you got that dresser - it's exactly what I'm looking for my entry way.

Tammy said...

Hi, I love your blog! I found it through Layla's. I had seen what your "inspiration" piece was before I had seen what you had done and have done a version of it as well. I just love how reading yours and other blogs gets my creative juices flowing, thanks!!

Aunt Spicy said...

Definitely worth it!

Magic Brush said...

Love the dresser.... I have a love affair with furniture that I can buy and paint/redo. Pretty! Pretty! Glad I found you today from Girly Stuff. The Magic Brush

shortmama said...

Gorgeous! I need those kind of redos!

Tanielle said...

So gorgeous!!!! I love it!

JamieH said...

That's a really AWESOME idea! We have something similar to that in our kitchen/dining area too.

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

What a GREAT idea - love it!

cat said...

Oh that looks great! I have an old cupboard that I want to arrange for craft stuff.

Hillori said...

I need you to come to my house and help me!

mommytoalot said...

Looks fantastic

Fresh Mommy said...

Wow, that looks wonderful!!!! What a great job! It looks awesome!!

:)
~Tabitha~

freshmommyblog.com

The Daily Dear said...

What a fun idea!

Lanie said...

cute!

countryfriedmama said...

I like it! I recently learned how much work the simplest project can be. Good for you getting this one done.

Creative Junkie said...

I would so love to have something like that in my bathroom! It's beautiful!

Mikki Black said...

Congrats on your SITS feature. The dresser is very very nice. It turned out beautifully.

Pam said...

Happy SITS day! The dresser looks great!

Mimi said...

Beautiful. It looks like it was worth all of the hard work.

Cindy said...

What a great idea! Happy SITS day!

sandy said...

That's beautiful!

Margaret said...

That is so pretty. I need one now.

Frugal Finds said...

I love what you have done!!! Great ideas that look fabulous!!

tammy said...

That looks really good!! Who would have thought taking a drawer out and adding baskets would be that kind of work, though. Looks like it was worth it. I love it!!

Farmgirl Paints said...

You always have great ideas. Congrats on SITS day!!

Trish said...

Your dresser looks great! I may have to try something like that in my granddaughter's room.

Happy Thursday, SITSta!

Blessings,
Trish
http://joyfulheartblog.com

My New 30 said...

Looks fantastic! Maybe you covered this elsewhere on your blog, but did you just remove the slider thingys that the dresser drawer would have glided on? Anyway, it turned out very nice!

Happy SITS Day!

Mary

Courtney D said...

Such an adorable project- seems worth the work to me! Visiting from SITS today-great blog!

What A Card said...

Definitely worth the work...it looks great with the baskets!

Toni said...

Wow that looks amazing!

Connie Weiss said...

That is adorable! I love it!

Charmaine said...

Gorgeous!! I've been looking for something to put in my kitchen for extra storage... I'm going to have to look around and see what I can find!

Laura said...

That was a great idea.

Hello from SITS!

Anita said...

Happy SITS day!
This is a great idea!

Momma Miller said...

I can't tell you how excited I am to see this post. My daughter has a dresser that we got right when she was born. It's a pretty nice dresser and was given to us as a hand-me-down from one of my old 2nd graders. Anyway, we've fixed the bottom drawer so many times, I've lost count. We were just about to give it way because we're tired of fixing the drawer. But now I know we can try the basket idea. It looks so nice and I really think it will be functional (especially if we use it in the toy area!). Thanks! And HAPPY SITS DAY!

~Shaye

Reluctant Housewife said...

I love that. It's a great idea to replace a drawer with baskets.

I need a craft dresser. Yesterday. I'll have to add it to my wish list.

Natalie said...

Happy SITS day!!
You are A.MAZ.ING!!
I was going through some of your past posts, I'm just in awe of your talent!!

Jenny-Jenny said...

Fun, and inspiring!

Rachel said...

It looks great and very organized! I could use something like that to help with the pile of boxes of craft/scrapbooking stuff in my room!

Industrioushead said...

This is a very cute idea! The baskets give the chest a more interesting look. Happy SITS day!

Momma-of-5 said...

That's adorable! I've always wanted to try do do that with a dresser, but I've never found baskets that fit right.

(Visiting from SITS)

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

Okay sure..dresser..fabulous. But even more I love those things on top of the dresser..where did you get those?

Mandy said...

Awesome! I would never have thought to remove a drawer and replace it with baskets. They look really great! Congrats on being featured!

Brandy said...

happy SITS day. love love love the dresser. now come do my house.

koopermom said...

Looks great! I have a dresser in my dining room that I painted lime green.

Reeni♥ said...

I love it!!!

mrs zeee said...

Ok, totally not blowing smoke here: THIS IS A GREAT IDEA!!
I have an old dresser whose drawers refuse to open. I am gonna rip that sucker out and add baskets. Thanks for sharing!!

Kasey said...

That looks great! I like how you used the baskets. It gives the dresser a totally different look.

Kelly Deneen said...

I love it!!! Now I have an idea what I might do with my daughter's dresser that has a broken top drawer. hmmm....

Joy said...

Clever and stylish!

Congrats on your SITS day!

Tiffany said...

That's great! I could use something like that in my dining room to tidy things up.

Our Crazy Life said...

What a cute idea and your work is beautiful! Congrats on being the featured blogger on SITS today!!

Jaden Paige said...

I love the way this looks! And the baskets in the top really make it :) Awesome!

greedygrace said...

love this! So neat yet simple!

Happy SITS Day!

Rbarakat said...

Great job! Love it!Happy SIts day!

Rbarakat said...

Great job! Love it!Happy SIts day!

Tara said...

BEEUUUTIFUL!!! love it!

Cammie said...

Super cute, and before reading everything I thought WOW, that looks easy. not so much huh? heehee
Happy SITS day

Controlling My Chaos said...

It's gorgeous. Happy SITS Day!

Brandy said...

That's just gorgeous!

C.G. the Foodie said...

I wish I had your skills!

Linda Hughes said...

Wonderful! What a great idea! One more reason you should be featured on SITS!

Amy said...

That is a great way to keep things all together.

Angie Marion said...

Love your idea! Visiting from SiTS!

Angie Marion said...

Love your idea! Visiting from SiTS!

Days of Whine & Noses said...

WOW! That is so cool!

Happy SITS day :)

Bethany said...

When my husband finally gets a new dresser, I want to do this with his old one! I absolutely love it!

Libby said...

I really love this. How cute! I would keep it white, it looks very crisp and fresh (very shabby chic). I want to do this in my bedroom now, thanks for the idea!

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

The dresser is really nice. And, I think dressers are completely underrated as furniture for other rooms. We have a nice dresser in our living room to serve as the place where our TV goes, along with picture frames. In the drawers we keep kids toys and movies/DVD's. SO functional. Plus, if we ever want to move it, we can use it someplace else (unlike an entertainment center!)

Happy SITS day!

christy rose said...

It looks Great!

Jennifer Juniper said...

It's so funny to click on this from SITS when I've already loved and admired it! Great job, if I didn't tell you before :)

Heather said...

Love it!

Marrdy said...

What a cute idea. Need to show this to my daughter.

meghanwelch said...

Great job! I love the baskets!

carma said...

veerry nice!

Nikki said...

Came from SITS.
Tell your hubby great job for it looks beautiful!

Aubrey said...

I think it looks great! I love the idea of baskets instead of a drawer!

Amy said...

Very inspiring and oh so cute!

Happy SITS day!

{Katie Lane} said...

Too cute!

Blicky Kitty said...

That looks gorgeous! It looks super stylish, like it came that way. I have totally clean house envy! :)

Rachel said...

I love it... so cute. P.S. I "stalk" Cherry's Jubilee too. Isn't she inspirational?

Mariel said...

I like it white! Looks good with your trim and is a contrast against the wall. Great job!

Mariel
www.oneshetwoshe.com

Muppet Soul said...

INSANELY jealous of those craft drawers...

Ahh, to have organized paint...

Stephanie @ BizzieMommy.com said...

It looks great. Enjoy

Amy said...

Congrats on being a SITS feature! I've been here before and will keep coming back! :)

A Mommy in Jeans and High Heels said...

That's absolutely gorgeous!! What a fantastic idea! Dropping by from SITS!!

Anne said...

That looks great!! I love the organization. :D

Also - I LOVE your blog design!!

Grand Pooba said...

That looks awesome!! I love all things organized, I get high off that stuff.

Great job!

Delectable Dining said...

Great ideas and the finished product is so cute! I am definitely going to have to try this.

Ali said...

I never thought it would have been that involved either! Good to know!

Tranquility said...

Wow - that project turned out so well! I love those little green baskets - so handy!

Lavender n Latt├ęs said...

Wow - it really looks great! I love projects like that.

Sara said...

Looks awesome! Great job.

Merrily Down the Stream said...

Oh to be organized... Happy SITS

Taryn said...

I AM SO GLAD YOU ARE THE SITS GAL TODAY! I've been following ya for a while, and you TOTALLY DESERVE IT, Darling!
And, the dresser is gorgeous! As always, thanks for sharing!

Love,
Taryn

Rae Ann said...

Happy SITS Day!

What a gorg dresser. It looks totally professional. Wow!

Leslie said...

It's GORGEOUS!

Zeemaid said...

Love it. It's totally gorgeous. I'd like to do something like that for my bathroom/laundry room. I never would have thought about taking the drawer out and putting baskets in. Too cool.

Happy SITS Day! :)

*Megan* said...

Wow that is a beautiful dresser! And I never thought about removing a draw and putting baskets, what a neat idea!

Stesha said...

You are so creative. I would keep it white for now too. If only I could have your design skills.

Hugs and Mocha,
Stesha

Jeanne Finelli, RN said...

Your finished dresser is so pretty. Making something unique is a lot of work, but the results will make you happy everytime you look at it.

StampinMom said...

Like the baskets in there...I might have to try that one out.

Jamie :-)

Michelle said...

That sounds like me. I'm still trying to figure out why it would be difficult to put baskets in ;) And this is why I don't do crafty! Or tech, for that matter.

Vickie said...

Happy SITS day! I like the dresser with the baskets. I need to use something like this for my craft supplies.

jubilee said...

I love to see such creativity. Feeds the soul, you know?!

Sparcam said...

Gorgeous! So worth it, I'd imagine! Happy SITs Day!

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

I love that! It looks great white, since it matches your trim. Stopping by from SITS!

Gamma Sharon said...

What a great idea! I think it looks fabulous!

Again, Congrats on being the FB.

bluntdelivery said...

congrats on SITS! love what you did!

www.bluntdelivery.com

Mandy said...

Happy Belated SITS day to you! What a great idea!!

Susan said...

Stopping By From SITS a day late...the dresser looks very cool. I love the baskets in the top drawer spot.
Hope you had a great SITS day.

Tonya said...

I love it! Now I want one! :)

Mom said...

What a great idea. And it's beautiful!

Stop by and visit.
Life...EXAGGERATED

schleifmama said...

Just joined SITS and checking out some posts - I loved your Dresser. Glad you mentioned the hard work it took or I'd just pull the drawers out and hope for the best!

Shannon said...

Very nice!

I'm very late... but hope you enjoyed your SITS day!

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