Made with Love: 70s Dresser Update

Made with Love is a small series that is about the things that I made/created for our little mister’s nursery. It is a series created for me to share our journey in putting a special touch on our own nursery and it is my hope to inspire the beginner and new mama and provide easy to follow steps on how to make any of these projects yourself.

This project was so fun to do and I love how it turned out! A friend of mine gave me this dresser years ago and it has been such a great piece to have and has moved with me seven times within the last five years. It’s a heavy, sturdy piece but it hasn’t always blended well with the style/coloring of my other furniture pieces so often it served its purpose tucked away in the closet.

When we found out we were expecting, we were in a small two bedroom apartment and didn’t have a lot of extra space so things needed to serve dual purpose (my fav 🙂 ). If you’ve seen our nursery reveal you know what our color palate vision is and this dresser has great mid-century, modern lines but needed a little more modern added to it.

Our first step was to sand it down to remove any protective layer so that the wood would absorb the paint (we used 3M SandBlaster, 100 Grit Medium Sandpaper). It worked perfectly for our overly loved dresser with very little coating on it.

My vision was to paint it in two tones. A soft grey and a stark white. As we were sanding, I LOVED the rich, soft, light tones that popped out in the handles so I decided to let them stay and that was the best decision for this piece. We painted the outer frame grey and the fronts of the drawers white and removed the stick legs (mostly because I’m 5’4″ and the legs would make it too tall for the changing pad to be on top).

What do you think of the final result? As for us, we love it and couldn’t be happier with it.

 

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