Teen Dresser: REVEAL

On this beautiful Wednesday morning I have another series wrap-up for you!   The lonely teen dresser that once spent its days in a dark closet is ready to take on the world with its new, modernized look! 

The look was achieved using chalk paint .  Curious about chalk paint?  You can view my blog post on the topic at www.novodecorco.com/blogposts/2015/8/5/chalk-paint-how-to-make-your-own .  I did prime this piece to begin with because I was undecided about whether or not I would be using chalk paint.   Typically with chalk paint you can skip priming.  

Here are some pictures of the piece in all its black distressed glory:

The top drawer's previous hardware was a size I could not find anywhere in stores!  So I decided to fill in those holes, sand, re-paint, and drill a new hole in the center.  I have to give the drilling credit to my awesome husband Karl.  I have learned how to use a drill and strive to be independent with it....someday.  I'm just not ready yet!  It can be scary drilling holes into furniture when there is no margin of error!   I guess I had better start practicing on scrap wood! Additionally, Karl did a Menard's run for me to find the right size screws.  He did this during his prime packing and preparation time for our northern Wisconsin family vacation  (which starts today actually!).  So for that I thank him from the bottom of my heart. 

Of course what's a finished piece without some sort of fun surprise?  I added drawer liners to all the drawers.  And now it's looking complete.   

This was before I figured out a solution for the top drawer/hardware dilemma.  if you look closely you can see there are two holes on each side of the top drawer. 

This was before I figured out a solution for the top drawer/hardware dilemma.  if you look closely you can see there are two holes on each side of the top drawer. 

The dresser has some spunk now! It's moving up in the world and will soon occupy a space outside the closet.  That makes me smile.   There's nothing quite like re-discovering the beauty in a "tired" piece.  It's like getting a brand new piece of furniture.  And then there's the fun with adding decor to enhance a new piece....I'll save that for another post!  (but I couldn't resist the globe)  Hopefully the new teen owner will be kind to his new piece!  Hahaha.   Alex: I'm paying a surprise visit to your house for a peek at what you've done with it.   No bobble heads.  Totally kidding. 

Do you have a piece of furniture in need of some TLC?   How can you bring new life to a piece you own?  Look around your house.  I bet you find a piece or two!  

And now for the before/afters in full view:  (best part) 

I hope you liked seeing this little dresser get some new life as much as I did!  Thank you Erica! 

Signing off of another fun furniture series.....and heading to northern WI in about an hour!