It’s always good to know when to pick your battles, right? For instance, I know that when I am on Craigslist I will find projects, and when I find projects, I will not be able to resist them. Then, that leads to overload in my workshop and me asking myself, “What did you do?!?” Solution: STAY OFF CRAIGSLIST. There. I said it. To validate my logic, let me show you what happens when I take a peek at Craigslist. See this? That is the result of looking for 5 minutes. Yup. Now, stay with me here as Mr. I and I will show you how it became a girl’s bedroom set.
I am innocent, really. My oldest son needed a new project since finishing his last project – a free buffet (he rocked it!! See HERE.) So, I told him I would find something, if I could. tsk. Like that never happens, right?
This set is in solid shape, but the dresser was missing a foot, and there was some other repairable damage. No big deal.
When I saw this listing, I knew it might be something fun for him and I to tag team together. He would take the dresser and I would take the chest. The headboard got repurposed into a new life in this post. Bet you’ll never guess!
Team Haynes is ready to get this party started!!
As with most any furniture makeover, first Mr I. and I assess any damage. Since the dresser was missing a foot. We took of one of the others, traced it, and made a new one. Sounds easy enough, but it did take planing a board to the right thickness with our planer, then cutting it out with my jig saw, and then adding a routed edge with router. whew! Thank you, JC (aka. best husband ever) for doing that for us.
After that, we attack the set with wood filler, making sure to cover all the scratches and dents. Let me tell ya, there were plenty! Once the putty cured, we sanded down each piece with my sander and then we’re ready to paint.
Mr. I agreed with me that this set lent itself more to be a girl’s bedroom set and that it had a country feel to it. We wanted to stay true to that design, but also bring it new life. First, he added an embellishment to the mirror, and then we chose a pretty blue paint, called Paris Sky Blue by Glidden. (yes, we most often use basic paint because it works just as well as any other for half the cost).
Since the pulls weren’t brass or a desirable material, we chose to replace them. Before we get to the pulls, we wanted to have some fun. I had found this vintage wall paper at the thrift store and then purchased some trim at the local home improvement store. I also used wallpaper on this china cabinet, this antique radio, and on this nightstand. Fun!
After a whole lotta cutting and attaching, here is what we got…
Isn’t it cute?! Mr. I and I are so tickled by the results and hope you are too.
What a difference a bit of paint and a whole lotta DIY can do, right? I mean, do you think it is the same set? I think not. tee hee hee.
This sweet girl’s bedroom set is now available in my online shop and the best part is that both will ship for the same cost, plus add any smaller item too. Ya can’t beat that!
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Up next, I will be showing you what I do with these.
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