Dresser Doozies

Dresser Doozies

Some people might say you need another dresser like you need a hole in the head.  Well, guess what?  I have several holes in my head, and I need them very much.  I use them for things like eating and breathing and hanging earrings in.  Dressers are equally useful.  You can stick one in just about any room in the house!  Bathroom dresser?  Sure!  Back porch dresser?  Why not? Kitchen dresser?  Now you’ve gone too far.  Just kidding!  You go ahead and put a dresser in the kitchen if you want to.

Here’s a great selection of dresser makeovers that are sure to please just about everyone.


Sarah at Funcycled aded some feminine flair to this bulky boxy thing with flashy new knobs and a distressed paint job.  I love how she played up the original keyholes!


funcycled dresser before


funcycled dresser after

And speaking of keyholes, here are a few more on a dresser that Reeves found on Craigslist.  It didn’t look too bad as-is, but the wood had already been stripped, and apparently the veneer too, because it had that weird fuzzy feel to it. You know what I’m talking about right?  Kind of velcro-y to the touch?  Anyhoo, she brought it back to touchable-ness with a soft plum paint job and added a hint of modernism with stripes.  Check it out on her blog  The Weathered Door.

plum dresser before


plum dresser


Better After reader Jane deserves a pat on the back or five for committing to tackle this sad sack of a dresser. The potential under there was obvious, but man!  So much work to get to it!  I don’t think I would have been brave enough.  But luckily she was, and she went the extra mile too, emphasizing the great little carved details with gold paint.

black and gold dresser before


black and gold dresser after


This dresser would have also received a ‘talk to the hand‘ from me if I had passed by it in the thrift-store, not that I truly go around saying outdated slang phrases to furniture in public, but you know, but not Elisha!  She saw right past the corny country details and fussy scalloped edge, and actually made it the best part of the whole darn thing!  See more from Elisha at Pneumatic Addict.

blue dresser painted


pneumatic blue dresser

Here’s a fun one from Shanna at Restoration Redoux.  You might first look at it and say, “Sure Lindsey, it’s a great makeover, but I wouldn’t really call an all-black dresser fun.” And then you would silently shake your head at me and think to yourself that I must not get out much.


shanna black vixen dresser


shanna black dresser makeover after

Well, ha!  Did you know it was hot pink on the inside?  Did you?  Huh?  Who’s the fun one now?

(It’s true, I don’t get out much).

shanna black inside


And finally, a recent makeover from Virginia at Live Love DIY. What I love about this dresser makeover is number one: it looks friggin’ awesome, and number two: she had already made it over once before.  That tells me that hey!  If you spent a bunch of time and paint and/or money on a makeover and didn’t looooove your results, by gum, don’t give up!  Give it another try! You might hit gold.

herringbone dresser before

herringbone dresser makeover

Sent me a dresser makeover recently and didn’t see it here?  Don’t fret.  An army of elves is working their way through my majorly backlogged inbox as we speak. Ok, not exactly.  But let me know if you’ve got any for hire.   Have a makeover you’d like to send my way?  I’d love to see it!  I’m always accepting submissions at BetterAfter(at)live.com



  1. September 6, 2013 / 7:51 PM

    Oh I love them all Lindsey – but that black one with the fuschia interior – WOW
    Going to visit 🙂

  2. Spring
    September 6, 2013 / 8:01 PM

    My mother in law kept a dresser in her kitchen. She stored tablecloths, cookie sheets, and other too big for her cabinets gadgets. Dressers in kitchens are awesome.

  3. September 6, 2013 / 8:45 PM

    Thanks so much for sharing our dresser among many other awesome pieces!! Great job everyone!!

  4. September 6, 2013 / 9:16 PM

    Holy hell! Jane really does deserve an award for that one! Awesome afters as usual Lindsey!

  5. September 6, 2013 / 11:40 PM

    My favorite is the transformation of the country dresser by pneumatic addict. I see so many of in this style and hate them. But the after of this one is so different and what can I say.. gorgeous.

  6. Joanne
    September 7, 2013 / 12:07 AM

    THANK YOU! For changing the format back! I couldn’t figure out how to comment from my iPad! Love this blog-gives me so many ideas! Thanks!

  7. Holly
    September 7, 2013 / 12:18 AM

    I like how the last one looks like it’s wearing a tie. Beautiful results all around!

  8. September 7, 2013 / 3:36 AM

    I Love your sense of humor, cracks me up! I really enjoy ALL the before and afters you feature. Maybe some day I’ll send you one of mine.

  9. September 7, 2013 / 1:36 PM

    ooh — that black one is my fave (I’m a fan of less fussy)! I love the sleekness that maintains such a sense of warmth. Now, to get some work done on my daughter’s CL dresser! (it’s gorgeous quarter-sawn oak that needs a bit of TLC…)

  10. Janet Martin
    September 8, 2013 / 10:30 AM

    I do think the black and hot pink is fun! However, having had to spend a lot of my long life with furniture that was “distressed” by wear and tear or “shabby” because it had been used HARD, I have trouble appreciating why people with talent and energy for makeovers want to create THAT look.

  11. Debra
    September 9, 2013 / 3:12 AM

    I’m glad to see this in regular format on my iPad.

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