Get a handle on it.

Everyone like to see a good refinishing job once in a while, right? I’m assuming so. Who wouldn’t? If someone said “Hey, I just refinished an antique dresser and it looks great, and it took a lot of work, do you want to see it?” who would say no? Only some giant jerkballoon. Certainly not you. You’re no jerkballoon.

So, would you like to see Shelly’s refinished dresser? Of course you would!

Here is where it started.  Missing some handles, weathered and scuffed, and stained with an unfortunate orangey shade.

Stained Antique Dresser Before


Stained Antique Dresser


And here it is now! The wood looks better than new. So deep and glossy and 100% brought back to life.

But as you can see, when Shelly sent me this project, the handles hadn’t all been replaced yet. Don’t worry. For better or worse, I took the liberty of photoshopping a few options on it myself.


Stained Antique Dresser antique pulls

What do you think about these black antique scroll pulls? I thought they went with the keyhole hardware nicely, but maybe not a great option with the new silver knobs she already has on the top drawers.


Stained Antique Dresser gold ornate pulls

What about ornate gold handles instead?  Yay? Nay? Okay? Whattya say?


Stained Antique Dresser cup pulls

I think these silver cup pulls are a good choice to pair with the silver handles she already has.  They look a little huge here, but that is the fault of the photoshop-ist.


Stained Antique Dresser silver pulls

Here is one last option: simple silver hanging pulls. Which one has your vote?

Shelly refinished this dresser for a friend, and estimates that it’s over 100 years old. The friend had already purchased a set new handles, but we may never know what they looked like, because they got stolen out of her car! Who steals dresser handles out of a car?? I think we all know the answer to that. JERKBALLOONS.

See more of Shelly’s refinishing process on her blog 100 Things 2 Do.

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Lucite Spotlight

Some people might hear the word ‘lucite’ and immediately think …

lucite shoes


It doesn’t always have the classiest reputation. (By the way, are these shoes ridiculous or what? I mean, there’s no ankle support whatsoever!)

But listen here. Lucite is in fact VERY classy.

How classy? At least $6,247.50 worth.

lucite chair

That’s exactly how much this Lucite chair costs, and it’s pretty darn classy.  “Woah, woah, woah,” you’re thinking. “I guess Lucite is TOO classy for me.”

Wrong again!

Christina recently updated this dresser with lucite, and the result is awesome AND affordable.


Henredon Mini-Bar Before


Henredon Mini-Bar with lucite pulls

Not only do I love the combo of the blush pink and white against the gold hardware, but these lucite pulls she created came out to about $21 a piece.  Not bad at all for a custom look oozing with chicness. The hardest part was sourcing all the materials, but luckily for you, she already did that part! She can tell you exactly where to find them. Get all the info on her blog Phoenix Restoration.

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Sweet and Dreamy

If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you can name each step of the furniture makeover process by now, yes? You know the drill. Strip and sand. Prime and paint. Wash and dry.

Wait, what was that last one? Wash and dry? You’re not making sense Lindsey. You’re talking nonsense! You’ve stayed up late too many nights in a row reading Beyonce’s unauthorized biography, haven’t you?

NO. Ok, yes.

Did you know that Beyonce once played truth-or-dare with Usher when she was thirteen, and someone dared her to moon him, and she DID? Ha!

Anyway, I’m actually fine, and I can function perfectly well through a Beyonce-binge, thankyou, and I am in fact making sense, because ‘wash and dry’ is a painting technique. So there.

Denise at Salvaged Inspirations has perfected the method, which involves first white-washing a piece then dry-brushing over it to create the dreamy, streaky look you see below …

Wash and Dry Vintage Dresser Before


Wash and Dry Vintage Dresser

Isn’t that great? Dreamyyy! She started by applying watered-down gray paint to the dresser with a damp cloth, always moving in the direction of the grain, then wiping it off before it had a chance to dry. You can build layer upon layer using this technique until you achieve the look you want. Then she applied small amounts of paint with a dry-brush to enhance it’s streakiness, finishing the whole thing off with an all-over sanding.

Check out her blog for tons more tips and tricks for trying the wash-and-dry technique yourself!

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Liar, Liar, Drawers on Fire

Have you ever wanted to try a furniture makeover but been put-off by the things that paint CAN’T solve? Like the faux drawers on this dresser? No matter how many coats of paint you slap on this baby, the top drawer is still going to try and convince people that it is actually made up of three smaller drawers. Not only is that look a bit outdated, it’s also dishonest! Stop lying to us, dresser!

And can we talk about the random keyhole? I love keyholes as much as the next guy, but that one has wandered really far from home.

Fear not, there is a cure for these ailments. No, not wood filler. That was my first guess too.  It’s actually …

White with Gold Handles Dresser Before


White with Gold Handles Dresser

Bondo! If you had tried to fill those big gaps with wood filler, you would have been at it all day and then some. Bondo dries much faster and harder, though it takes more effort to sand than wood filler. Doesn’t it look fantastic now? And that hardware is mmmmhmmmm.

Give it a try sometime.  Jennifer walks you through the whole process over on her blog Dimples and Tangles.


And for those of you who like your dresser makeovers dark and mysterious, check out this highboy that Vicki found at a thriftstore. It came with a mud-toned finish that she wasn’t wild about, so she sanded through it to the bare wood underneath.


Two-Tone Tall Chest Before


Two-Tone Tall Chest

Then she mixed up a custom stain using walnut and ebony, for a not-quite-all-the-way-black-but-just-a-hint-of-wood-grain-showing-through shine. Like it just slipped into a pair of black pantyhose. So risque! See it up close on her blog EntriWays.

Haha, I am laughing at the idea of furniture slipping into pantyhose. Oh my gosh, have you ever seen the pictures of dogs in pantyhose? Here, I googled it for you. You’re welcome.

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