Ruffle Shuffle

There used to be a potato chip commercial years ago, probably around a thousand years ago because I remember singing along to it as a child, and it went like this: “R-r-r-r-r-uffles have r-r-r-r-ridges!” Remember that one?  My sister and I would sing it over and over, rolling the r-r-r-r part so hard that it eventually morphed into a guttural growl, and we would run around screaming RRRRRRRuffles have RRRRRRRRidges!!! at each other all the time, and it was kind of scary.  

Thanks to the power of the internet, I have discovered that old commercial right here, and it is comedy GOLD. From the r-rolling fetishist at the beginning to an unexplainable appearance by Porky Pig at the end, it’s everything you’ve never dreamed of. Please watch it and then tell me your feelings.

Anyway. Today’s makeovers have nothing to do with potato chips or awesome vintage commercials at all.  But they do have RUFFLES!  Because is there ever such thing as too many ruffles?

rufflesYes. Trick question.

But a little ruffle here and there never hurt anyone, and it can give any piece of furniture some girlish flair.  Like this droopy chair that Beck at Beckwith’s Treasures revived.

Blue Ruffle Chair Before


Blue Ruffle Chair

Just the perfect amount of country charm.

And Kim at Exquisitely Unremarkable also wanted to fluff up this little side table …

Skirted Ikea Table Before


Skirted Ikea Table

… so she added a bit of ruffled fabric with tension rods. That’s pretty genius. What an easy way to bring in some colorful fabric or just hide wires.


And this next makeover has nothing to do with ruffles or Ruffles, but it’s got that same country vibe as the other makeovers, so we are just going to go with it mmmkay?

Ocean Blue Buffet with Walnut Top Before

Ocean Blue Buffet with Walnut Top

Samantha at I Love Fabuless Junk won a stare-down with a thrift-store vulture who was ready to pounce on this little buffet the moment she looked away.  Unblinkingly, she stood strong and was able to bring it home, where it serves as a chippy and distressed TV stand today!

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Hotline Ring

*ring ring!*

Hello, you’ve reached the Furniture Rescue Hotline. How can I assist you today?

Hi. I need your help. I don’t know what to do.

Well, that’s what I’m here for. What’s the story?

I … I found a dresser. It looks bad … really bad.

It’s ok. We’re going to get through this. How bad is it?

It’s missing some drawers.

How many drawers?

ALL of the drawers.

Ok, ok.  Stay calm. Is the dresser in a safe location?

Sort of. It’s in my garage. Next to seven other dressers I’ve ‘rescued.’

Oh boy.  Has your husband seen it yet?

Not yet.

Good. That’s good. We still have time.  Do you have access to plywood, stain, and beadboard?


Great.  Listen carefully and stay on the line.  Here’s what you need to do.  You’re going to break down four drawer spaces. Use the plywood to create a bench, then line the rest of the empty drawers with beadboard.  Paint it a pretty color and stain the top. Drag it into your entryway, dress it up with pillows and adorable accessories.  Boom. It’s a totally unique foyer bench and totally NOT another rescue dresser. Your husband will be none the wiser.


Cream and Wood Storage Bench Before


Cream and Wood Storage Bench


Yes! I’m here. It worked. It worked! It looks beautiful. I don’t know how I can ever thank you.

Don’t thank me. Just doing my job.  But you can thank Brooke over at Start at Home for the ingenious idea.

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Postfab Cabs

Storage cabinets are great for storing things and holding things. They are also a great place to set things and put things. What’s more, you can even organize things and arrange things in these hardworking cabinets! Wow!

But sometimes they are so busy storing your junk, they start to look like junk. That’s not cool. Let’s give them a little makeover to say thanks for doing a great job!


Harp’s cabinet below did not actually look like junk and was doing a fine job at holding wine and such. But she thought it could use a little more foxiness, so …

Foxy Wine Cabinet Before

Foxy Wine Cabinet After

… that’s literally what she did.  Check out her page at Lovely Things by Luna Claire to see the details, including those new pulls. (Spoiler alert! They’re foxes!)


Speaking of wine, that’s what Stephanie’s cabinet was designed to hold, I think. It could also be a mail sorter, or a shoe holder, or a system for inefficiently storing firewood. WHO KNOWS.

Silver Wine Cabinet Before


Silver Wine Cabinet Makeover

But I do know that it looks better now! She updated it with metallic silver paint, nailhead trim, and a cute little set of feet to raise it up. Just those few inches off the ground really matter in making if feel like a true piece of furniture. I’d say she ‘nailed it,’ if I enjoyed corny puns, and I DO.  See more at The Styled Soul.


Vicki and Amy added some punch to this cabinet that they fixed up to sell, with a hand-painted vintage bicycle graphic. Hand-painted!  So well done. 

Vintage Bicycle Side Table


Vintage Bicycle Side Table

If you want to learn the secrets of how they do it, they are happy to share over at Canary Street Crafts.


And right as you were starting to wonder if silvery/gray distressed cabinet makeovers were all I had for you today, enter this showpiece from Kandice at Just the Woods, LLC.

Before: boring cabinet.

Navy Pride Cabinet Before


Navy Pride CabinetAfter: vintage Navy-poster emblazoned cabinet! Amazing. It gets my SEAL of approval. (Corny Navy pun, CHECK!)

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Adding Cladding

Better After reader Amanda had found the perfect dresser to fit at the end of her bed. Spacious but narrow, short enough to be level with the mattress, with the perfectly weathered reclaimed wood exterior …

Ok, not so much on the reclaimed wood part.  It actually looked like it was stolen from the hair salon of my childhood.

Wood Dresser Before

You know what I’m talking about right? It smells like perms and looks like a Patrick Nagal print?

Yes, that white melamine would have fit right in at The Hairport.

But Amanda was not really aiming for ’80s Glamazon in her bedroom; she was after that aforementioned reclaimed wood look.  So she didn’t get mad. She got clad!

Old dresser redone with reclaimed wood 'cladding' as seen on

Cladding, to be precise, is how she described the process of wrapping the old dresser in new wood. I’ve been looking at it for a long time, and still can’t be sure how she did it.  Amanda doesn’t have a blog, so maybe she’ll share some details in the comments!

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