8 Lady in Red

>> Sunday, May 17, 2009

Earlier this month, during a trip to our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, we came across an old dresser in desperate need of a face lift. We had a feeling that, with a little TLC, this particle board princess would serve as a lovely console table in our home. Well, after a bit of sanding, painting, and reconstructing, she is ready to make her debut!

Here she is when we found her at ReStore...

First, we had to clean her up and sand her down to create a suitable surface for the primer to stick to.

Then came the hundreds of coats of red paint. Not really hundreds, but at least four or five. Those of you who have ever painted anything red know that it is not an easy color to work with.


Next, we attached contemporary brushed nickel hardware. We also opted to scrap the bottom two drawers to add a shelf for two seagrass baskets. We decided early on to use the piece as a console table instead of a dresser, and this simple step gave the piece a whole new look.


Finally, after a lot of love and patience, our new console table is ready to roll. Here she is in all her glory!

Isn't she lovely? Okay, I'll stop with the song references. What is even more fantastic than the end result itself is the price tag.

Budget Breakdown:

Dresser . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25
Paint & Supplies . . . . . . .$20
Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . $18
Baskets . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30
Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $93

For under $100, our entry way is no longer a neglected space, and we were able to gain more storage for odds and ends around the house. Not too shabby.



Tina,  May 17, 2009 at 10:15 AM  

Wow! What a big difference!

Ashley,  May 17, 2009 at 4:57 PM  

Where is the habitat for humanity restore?? I want to go.

Jessica,  May 18, 2009 at 9:21 AM  

She is so lovely! The hardware looks great on her too!

Eric and Cara Wilkerson May 18, 2009 at 9:55 AM  

Thanks for all the nice comments!

Ashley, there is a ReStore at 2567 Pike Avenue in North Little Rock.


Brent and Cara Beth Buie May 18, 2009 at 2:34 PM  

Beautiful. I have a piece of furniture in my garage just waiting for a makeover! What kind of paint did you use? It looks like semi gloss maybe...

Great Job!

Eric and Cara Wilkerson May 18, 2009 at 4:51 PM  

We did use semi gloss. You really know your paint! After 2 coats of primer and 4-5 coats of red semi gloss, we applied a coat of polyurethane for a little extra shine and protection from chipping.

Knitting is a wonderful thing! July 27, 2010 at 7:14 AM  

Did this dresser have the drawer pulls that had the posts in back that didn't have the normal phillips or standard screw on back? I found a similar dresser, but I'm having a heck of time trying to get the drawer pulls off.
If you had the same as mine, how did you get them off? Your dresser looks really nice. I'm going black from a before of, DARK navy blue with a cherry red top of dresser.

Live the Home Life July 27, 2010 at 10:37 PM  

Hello, friend! It's been a while since I tackled this piece, but I don't remember the pulls being particularly stubborn. However, I'll be honest, most of the handles were falling off to begin with.

Are you able to atleast loosen the pulls at all? You may be able to cut them off at that point. Keep me posted!


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