Thursday, February 7, 2013

A DIY Refinished Side Table with Lots of Storage!


As you have seen, I have been working on our bonus room/family room, layer by layer. Half of the space will be a play area for Ella {the half that this side table is facing~where I am standing while taking this picture} and I wanted some pretty storage for her toys. A few months ago, my mom was throwing away this dresser that my brother had left at their house when he lived there, since he didn't want it anymore. When I saw it, I knew I could turn it into toy storage. And you can't beat free!
{That is spray paint on the ground... My garage is a scary place... but not THAT scary ;)}


and here is the after....


I sanded down the top with really rough, 32 grit sandpaper since I wanted it to be the rustic natural wood. I will seal it with a clear matte wax. I painted the base and the drawers with my favorite creamy white homemade chalk paint {see color formula and tutorial here} and distressed the edges. I also replaced the hardware with these cup pulls from Hobby lobby. The bottom piece was missing off of the original, so I cut a board to fit, painted, and attached it. 


I also replaced the top drawers with a few baskets to try to update the look and make it more my style. I wanted to take away the focus from the dated curvy-ness. The size of the baskets are perfect, but I think I am going to end up spray painting them and sewing liners for them as well because I think I can make them match a bit better. 


I think Ella approves :).


And, of course I had to add a little Valentine tree to the top. Ella sits and points at all of the colors and tells me all kinds of things about it. 

I really love getting my hands dirty and using power tools! 

Update: I did end up painting the baskets... and who knows, I may paint them again :) But, for now, here is what it looks like now.


To see the rest of the bonus room before and afters so far click {here}! 

Linking up at Miss Mustard Seed
and the Inspiration Gallery at The Craftberry Bush

25 comments :

Amber said...

Awesome redo! Love it and your cute little tree! I have been following your blog and love it! Especially love that you are a fellow Idaho blogger! Thanks for all the inspiration!

-Amber
http://dimplesandpigtales.blogspot.com/

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great job on this piece, Kristen! I was reading about your home at City Farmhouse and am now a follower! : ) Your daughter is adorable. She reminds me of my granddaughter with her conversing with the dog. Too cute!

Kelly Rinzema said...

Great transformation. I couldn't even tell it was the same piece!

Ellie said...

Love the makeover, love your blog, love your little girl's name! I'm so glad City Farmhouse featured your home today so I could come follow along and see more of your pretty style! Have a great day!

Maggie Donnelly said...

Another incredible DIY!!! You're really making me jealous. I wish I knew how to use power tools. That is one of my goals for the future, learn how to do DIY projects around the home. I absolutely love how this piece turned out. Totally updated from what it was before!

~Maggie (Sweet Peas and Lucky Honey)

Roxanne Reinhart said...

Fabulous makeover and adorable model!!

belmonili said...

Wow, what a great transformation! Thanks for sharing!

Jenn @ Clean and Scentsible said...

That's beautiful Kristen! I love the baskets on the top. Your daughter is pretty darn adorable too!
Jenn xo

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

Wow Kristen! You made an awesome transformation here! (I think that was my dresser back in the 80s!) LOL Great update!
Susan

Dawn said...

What a transformation, you sure did turned that piece into something beautiful:)

Laurel Stephens said...

Your room is really coming together! I'm on the lookout for a similar dresser to use as a TV console, and I like what you did to yours so much, I just might copy the color and finish. (I pinned your favorite cake batter white color. Thanks!) Ella's pink sweater is adorable; she looks so snuggly and cozy in it. Now I'm off to see your home tour. Have a great day!

Spittin-Toad said...

Soo cute...I pinned it to my "Awesome Furniture" Board. :)
Denise

Jennifer Taylor said...

As usual.. you just bust out another amazing piece! Love it Kristen.. and that sweet little niece of mine! The bonus room is coming together so nicely!

Christine Vandormolen said...

wow, that was fast....pulled together beautifully....

Kim said...

Very nice. I really like the natural wood you left on the top.

Ruth said...

Wonderful transformation. It looks gorgeous!!
Ruth

Craftberry Bush said...

Hi Kristen...wanted to let you know that we featured your awesome table at The Inspiration Gallery. Thank you so much for sharing..xo http://www.craftberrybush.com/2013/02/the-inspiration-gallery-features_9.html

Jaime Lyn said...

What an AMAZING transformation! I know Lucy let you know that you were featured today with the Inspiration Gallery, I also wanted to let you know that I am adding this to our Inspiration Gallery Pin Board! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing project with us!
Jaime

Donna Huisinga said...

This turned out great! Makes me want to try a piece myself. I may get up the nerve soon!

Jeanette said...

Absolutely Beautiful! Pinning this one!

Debbie Booth said...

HI Kristen, what a great project. And the end result is so wonderful. I love it. It is making me walk through my house to see if I have something like that I could redo. I just love the baskets. YOur room and sweet little one are just perfect!
Blessings,
Debbie

Jen said...

I have a hand me down wide dresser just sitting in our garden shed. Guess I see my spring project ahead after admiring how cute yours turned out. I love bin pulls for drawer handles.

HEAB said...

Did you sand the base before painting and distressing?

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Abbie said...

Hi, I really love how this dresser turned out!! I noticed that your "Cake Batter" chalk paint ingredients call for grout. Do you ask the folks at Lowes to mix the grout in with it? Or is that something you add yourself? Thanks!

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