Naked Bird Dresser {Nate Berkus Inspired Dresser}

Hi guys!  Seems like it’s been forever since I have posted an indoor furniture project, so now is the time!  Speaking of time, it just seems to fly this time of year.  What have you been up to?
Here’s what I did today:

Remember this dresser I found last week?  I actually passed it up when I took this picture and went on home.  I convinced myself that I really don’t have the storage for a dresser and have no business holding on to it until I do need one. 

The next morning it was oddly still on my mind, so I was determined that if it was still there when I drove by that I would grab it!   Of course it was still there, are you kidding?  Who would want a bright yellow dresser with “Pepto Bismol” inspired insides? 
This girl does!
Right when I pulled over, the next door neighbor walked down the driveway.  It was pretty embarrassing so I had to think quick.  I could hear the trash truck a few blocks away.   It was now or never. 
I told him I was on my way to Goodwill and couldn’t stand to see this go to the dump.  He then offered to help me load it up! little did he know!
I’m good, I tell ya’!  or pathetic!

Anyway, I got it home and called my friend and asked her if she would back up my story to MyLove that I grabbed it for her to take to her lake house when really I would try to paint it and incorporate it into my own home somehow! 
She quickly said “let me see it, I need a dresser!” 
She ran right over and loved it and described her vision for this piece…a dresser she just saw on the 
Nate Berkus show. 
I just happened to have that episode taped so I watched it and snapped a quick picture.  Cute idea with the black and white colors and how easy it would be to replicate.  I was on a mission now!
Funny little side note…Buttercup overheard us chatting and later asked “Mommy, why were you talking about the Naked Bird Show?”  Cracks me up now every time I think about it! 
So it sat in my garage for a little over a week.  My Love didn’t even notice it at first until I asked him to help me move it out to paint. 
I quickly sanded the entire piece, wiped down all of the dust and got to spraying! 
Don’t you hate painting outside sometimes?  I had to sand out the little gnats and bugs and spray a few more coats ugggghh! 

About ten hours later my friend’s vision was coming to life!  Wow, I am tempted to keep it now – I like the way it turned out!
Paint reference:  
Rustoleum Heirloom White Satin 
Rustoleum Dark Walnut Satin 
Let me introduce to you The Naked Bird Dresser!
I mean the Nate Berkus Inspired Dresser
Do you like it? 
The name is fitting, right? 
Naked Bird Dresser (still cracks me up – hee hee)
I even painted out the inside to get rid of the Pepto!
…and included a little surprise for my dear friend.
I cannot believe it went from THIS to THIS:
I am very proud and excited about it! 
I cannot wait to see it at her lake house – hint hint! 
So that’s ONE project I can check off of my UNFINISHED PROJECT LIST.
It’s going to be a great week around here. 
I hope it is for you too!
Linking up to THESE parties. 
TDC Before and After



  1. micki @ ADD housewife

    <3 <3 That is sooo awesome! tho i also dig the pepto pink. That would have totally worked AS IS for my little girls' room LOL

  2. It’s All Connected

    Adding the knobs is a great touch! Love the dresser, your little fib to the neighbour and The Naked Bird! ~ Maureen

  3. Jennie Larsen

    SO FAB. I LOVE IT! winks, jen

  4. Traci

    That is the cutest story. My daughter thought the Folgers coffee commerical said "solider in your cup" rather than Folders in your cup.
    This project turned out wonderfully. I really like the crisp lines with the high contrast. Now I want to paint something brown and white.

  5. Maria Elena

    Tami, you have really outdone yourself with this piece. It is gorgeous! You always do such a wonderful job with paint. Love, love the new dresser!

  6. Kammy’s Korner

    Oh you made me laugh!!! And I LOVE how it turned out!!!!!!!!

  7. Anonymous

    Tami, Fantastic job! Love the way it turned out! Can't wait to see your next "naked bird" project. 🙂

  8. Lindsey @ Better After

    Wow, that turned out great Tami!! Naked Bird, ha ha ha, that is hilarious!

  9. Anonymous

    Great job, Tami!! A huge improvement over what it was. Tell me please where you are finding these Rustoleum colors… I have yet to find heirloom white anywhere here!

  10. Rustown Mom

    Amazing! I am so mad at myself for not nabbing a wrought iron chair by the side of the rad the other day – by the time I went back it was gone! Darn! I mean, who puts wrought iron out tho the curb??? (shakes head sadly) I can't wait to do some curb shopping this summer – I'll let you know what i found (:

  11. Christa @ Controlling Craziness

    Love it. And I love the hidden spot of red. I can't believe someone was throwing that way, oh the possibilities!

  12. Donna Wilkes

    From curb to classy! The naked bird is a great name for a shop or a blog. You should use it! Came over from Someday Crafts party.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  13. Joani

    That was too funny. And, you didn't have to do anything to it save for paint. It looks fabulous. Hope the friend is as pleased with it. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

  14. Katie Goldsworthy

    Another fantastic find and remake! I love that you painted the inside red!


  15. Liz – Imageremix

    Your curb longings described me to a T. You done good and you didn't even have to have anyone back up your story. Great work. The best part was that you were doing it with a purpose for someone after all. yea!

    Thanks for posting this. I enjoyed reading it. I found you at Manic Mondays. Hope you'll stop by Quirky Vistas sometime.

  16. Anna

    Wow, great job! The after pictures are beautiful. I also love that your daughter called it the Naked Bird show, I will think of that from now on whenever I see Nate! 🙂

    Featured this on my FB page, thanks for linking up at the Weekend Warrior!


  17. DebbieDoesCreations

    What an amazing transformation and I LOVE the pop of red inside 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing at Toot Your Horn Tuesday 🙂

  18. Hardly Awkward

    I LOVE the dresser!!

  19. Becca @ The Sassy Penguin

    You did such a great job restoring it to a more classy adult look 🙂

  20. Firenze

    naked bird! Too delightful! A such a wonderful redo too. I wish I was brave enough to take the plunge and get started on a set of pine drawers (no runners on the drawers though). Thinking brave…
    TFS this great project!
    Helen — Firenze Cards

  21. Kim @ This Belle Rocks

    I love your Naked Bird dresser 🙂

    Just came over from Funky Junk's SNS linkup. Loving the blog!

  22. Jos @ Organized Chaos

    wow. awesome!

  23. the cape on the corner

    you've made it so much more timeless, and very quick thinking about taking it to be donated!

  24. Vanessa

    Turned out great! Love the colors

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