An Old Dresser RePurposed

Sometimes my visions are bigger than my budget.

Ok, not sometimes. ALL OF THE TIME.

I always think: Oh man! The things I could do if I had a money tree.

But you know what? Some of my most creative projects have come from working with what I already have.

I came across this site and saw the cutest little hutch:

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Red? Scallops? I was in love.

And I was going to give it my best shot at recreating a similar “old fashioned candy shop” look for Layla’s dresser.

A few years ago I found a little white antique dresser at an antique store.

I wasn’t super attached to this dresser and it was in need of a new coat of paint anyway. It had the chippy shabby look when I bought it, but after several moves it was more dingy than chic. It was a prime candidate for a makeover! 😉

I first painted a few coats of apple red and then sealed it with a shiny gloss. I found unfinished scalloped wood trim at Michaels. I cut it (or I should say Jon cut it… I wasn’t about to go anywhere near a saw with my big ol’ pregnant belly haha) to fit the drawers and then painted the scallops a bright white. I wood glued the scallops to the the dresser and, after the glue dried, secured the scallops with a few tiny nails (which I touched up with paint and would never even notice they were there). The last and final touch was replacing the hardware with shiny white plastic knobs.

The entire project cost less than $20!

And I think it looks a million times better than before.

If I wasn’t forced to be creative, I would probably still have a dingy chippy shabby dresser in my room instead of a fun “sweet shoppe” inspired red dresser in Layla’s. :)

To see the rest of the nursery click here.

I am excited to link up with Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch!

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