~A Thrifty Treasure Makeover~




Stop by Rhoda’s Southern Hospitality, for Thrifty Treasures, each Monday.

I’ve shown the dresser, in previous posts, with a little preview hint of the makeover.  Last week, the makeover was completed. 

The dresser is one of the elements of a mini makeover of the master suite.

The cost of the dresser was $25.  A little sanding, $10 worth of paint & faux finish mediums, turned this thrifty diamond in the rough into a treasure, at the total cost of $35.

This style and size furniture is often found in children’s rooms; a child’s room is where the furniture served, for many years, in it’s former home.

When I saw the dresser and a matching chest of drawers, from the road, that day in June, I had one of those light bulb moments.  Not long afterward, the pieces were loaded in the back of the truck and on their way to our garage. 

On a side note: Lately, we’ve discussed selling the truck and buying one of those snappy new Camaros.  But then, what in the world would we have to bring home treasures like this!  It’s a dilemma!


An in progress photo shows the dresser, after 2 coats of Sherwin Williams Front Porch, latex satin; a sample size container.  The cost is under $5, for these samples.

J painted the dresser.


The drawer pulls were spray painted with Rustoleum dark brown.  After the hardware was completely dry, I brushed the high spots with Ceramcoat Metallic Bronze, by Delta. Later, Rub n Buff Patina was applied, making sure to allow it to settle in low places or crevices, here and there. After polishing the patina finish, I used Raw Umber acrylic medium to darken areas; giving more “age” to the drawer pull.  A matte finish clear acrylic spray will protect the finish from chipping.


The photo, below, shows a drawer pull after the metallic bronze paint is applied to high spots. The top pull is shown with the application of Rub n Buff Patina, before it has been refined and after. I used my fingertips and a soft cloth to achieve the effect.



The finished drawer pulls. 

The faux finish varies on each piece; hopefully giving the appearance of natural patina.



A sweet metamorphosis, sitting at the foot of the iron bed, in our room.

In this photo, the walls are Laura Ashley Gold #3, soon to be replaced with SW Antique White. The prints will be recycled to another room.  The dark tables will be replaced with painted pieces.

The bed linens and panels will remain.

I’m considering a replacement for the area rug.  The hardwoods are beautiful. I’m actually thinking of not having floor covering.



The makeover continues with more painted furniture, a new chair with ottoman and Sherwin Williams Antique White, for the walls. The reveal will be featured here, sometime during Fall.


The round table, formerly used on the back porch, has been painted SW Medici Cream (another sample) and will be used for the “new” room.  On lower right, the fabric for the wing chair and ottoman. 

We ordered the chair and ottoman, from a locally owned furniture store.  We knew the chair we wanted, because we have two of them in our hearth room.  They are so comfortable and have worn very well, through the years, even with Miss Molly. 

Thank you, Angie, for helping us find our favorite chair and ottoman!

The new look, for our room, is neutral with painted and stained furniture. 

We redid the room over two years ago.  At that time, we left the walls painted Laura Ashley Gold #3 and used a darker pallet for accessories, rugs, and furniture, found in other rooms of our home.

We are hoping for a lighter brighter, more relaxed atmosphere for the room.

The Metamorphosis continues…mondaymet

at the Back Porch and at Susan’s Between Naps on the Porch.


Click above, for Make Your Monday.