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Everyone needs an LBD – little black dresser

This buffet had a lot going for it.  Maybe too much.  You know how they say that after you get dressed, you should take a look in the mirror and remove one accessory?  Poor little buffet. No one ever taught her that. Carvings, appliques, routered details, ornate pulls, contrasting wood grains, woah.  It needed a “Honey. Let’s take it down a notch.”

Reeves was happy to help tone her down with simple black and a set of outrageously awesome oversized glass knobs that do all the talking.  Beautiful!  See more at The Weathered Door.


Glamourous makeover of a vintage dresser!


Glamourous makeover of a vintage dresser!

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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)

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A distinctively distinguished dresser.

Good morning.  (That’s assuming I survived attending the Haven Conference this past weekend, and working on the Habitat For Humanity house with GMC on Sunday, and gotten my kids safely off on their first day back to school today).  If so, it is indeed a good morning, and I will plan to be back later to share more of the events!  Or, I might be taking a nap.

But until then, please enjoy this makeover from Pelham at Urban DEN.  (I really like that name, Pelham.  I like to say it aloud every time I read it, in a distinguished British accent). Anyway, I’ve seen about a thousand of these dressers before, but I’ve never seen one done quite like this.  I’d say it looks very distinguished as well. I love the exposed top.  And navy and gold never get old.  Hey, I made a rhyme!  Yeah, I’m taking that nap now.


See more from Pelham with his popular checkerboard table makeover right here!

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California Dreaming Dresser

This post is dedicated to my mom and sister who are living it up in California as we speak, without me. Bunch of lame-o’s. They are planning to go to Disneyland and go shopping and hit the beach. I’m planning to fold some laundry and sweep my driveway.  It’s practically the same thing.  Except NOT. They’re probably drinking colorful beverages and hanging out of the back of a convertible and starring in a music video right now.  Well, guess what?  I’ve got this adorable dresser makeover by Debbie at Painted Therapy to distract me, so … wait, is that a beach cruiser?  Et tu, Debbie!?

Like that?  Check out Debbie’s red bike dresser right here.

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