This was a dresser given to me by my grandmother. It started out as a chipped creamy yellow and I remember she had it loaded with sewing scraps and materials like for-ev-a. Take a look at how this old, tired piece of furniture will transform from blah to oh-la-la shabby chic dresser.
The dresser before its transformation
It was pretty damaged, but I convinced my dad to repaint it in crackle paint for my kids rooms. I never had to worry about it getting damaged or destroyed.
The dresser fit well dressed up in my girls rooms and then rustic looking later in my son’s.
Anyway, somehow when my kids got new furniture I inherited it again and just stuffed it in my closet. Point is that she was free to me and SHOULD have been left out on the curb many times over. But I have rescued it thinking she would have some potential.
Here is the candidate. She really was shabby and boring and was in need of a makeover real bad! I didn’t even take pictures of the sides where my children have decided to scribble their names beautifully monogram with their own personal touches!
Finding dresser inspiration
I found some dresser inspirations on the web and these were my favorites:
And then this…from Twice lovely
I like the damask stencil dresser the best!
I am pretty good at stenciling, but not too patient to put in the work to sand, repaint and stencil. Plus I only have time to work during Buttercup’s nap-time, so it would involve much more time than what was allotted to me.
Stencils for painting on wood
Drawing Painting StencilsReusable Stencils for Painting on Wood Home Sweet Home, Welcome, Grateful Stencils Americana Decor Stencil Large Reusable Wall Stencil Christmas Stencils Template
So, I put on my thinking cap and ModPodge came to mind and I came up with this. I just printed the typography out from my computer, cut out and glued right onto the dresser. I am in love. It has the perfect element of shabbiness that I like but glammed up a little.
And Now… The Shabby Chic Dresser – From Blah to Ooh-La-La
Ta-da! I love it!
Here is the top of the dresser that holds my jewelry box, inspiration frame and necklaces.
I read this framed quote every morning when I get dressed! It definitely encourages and inspires me.
34 thoughts on “Shabby Chic Dresser – From Blah to Ooh-La-La”
Cute, cute! It really is ooh la la!! Great remake!
Thank you 🙂
Tami, what a great transformation!! I just saw your post on the newbie linkie party. I am a newbie as well and your newest follower. I hope you will follow back! God bless you!!!
WOW that is fantastic. I love the crackled look too. Thanks so much for sharing with my newbie party.
Thanks girls! I had fun working on it! 🙂
This looks great! I'd love it if you shared this at my party that started today.
Love the lettering! I'm a new follower!
Thanks Mandy:) I would love to join the party!
So in LOVE!!!! So Chic, just perfect!!!
🙂 Thanks for following!
Great… you did an awesome make-over. I also like the dresser top and way the jewelry has been arranged on it.
BTW… that demask stencil dresser is one of my favorite internet finds as well!!
Thanks Tanya 🙂
This is darling- would love for you to come share at my weekend decorating party at my blog- it's so cute!!
Thank you Courtney! Love your blog, I am your newest follower. I linked up to your party, thanks for the invite!
oooo lala!!! 🙂 I got inspiration from that white and gray damask dresser too! Small bloggin' world, eh? 🙂 I'd LOVE for you to link this up at Trash to Treasure Tuesdays on Kammy's Korner! 🙂 http://kammyskorner.blogspot.com/2011/10/trash-to-treasure-tuesday-link-party-2.html
Thanks Kammy! Will do 🙂
Ooh la la indeed! That looks great Tami! I can't believe that's just straight from your printer!
Hey there- just stopping back by to say thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! 🙂
Lindsey – so glad you like it, thanks for checking it out! 🙂
Courtney – my pleasure. Loved visiting your blog!
That is so cute! Great job and a wonderful way to dress it up. I love how you mixed in the Spanish "pantalones" with the French text. I need to do this for my daughter. That damask dresser is amazing too.
I really just went with the words that I thought looked best, better to mix it up a little – right? Thanks for visiting!
What an great way to dress up drawers. You have given me such a great idea to use. Thank you so much for sharing. I will follow on my way out so I can revisit. I hope you can find the time to come visit me and do the same. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Cheers SpecialK XoXo
Tres chic, and I love the quote from Scripture, too.
You are fun! I like your style. I'm joining you! I like to save garbage too. 🙂
Holly @ Down to Earth Style
Beautifully done! Your dresser is gorgeous. You can also use Elmer's glue for a crackled finish…
Much cheaper than crackle medium!
So appealing! Absolutely love it.
I love the french words! I need to make a version of this…absolutely adorable!
Very cute! I love rescue pieces, especially when they have a personal history. Great job! Visiting from Curb alert Party, I'm now a follower
Absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing. Patti @ OldThingsNew
Tami, this is just so beautiful and I can't believe you did it with mod podge, that is super! Just found your blog through Embracing Change and am now following you.
Happy New Year,
I'm reading the chain of comments and now I am wondering if I am a no reply commenter as well? I'm scared. Please let me know when you have a chance.
Amanda @ mommy is coocoo
PS fan freaking tastic job on the dresser. Brilliant idea about the printer.
Very pretty Tami! And here I thought I was the only one who had a dresser in a closet! Thanks for linking up for the favorite furniture makeovers of 2012!
Stacey of Embracing Change
I've seen this floating around pinterest and I didn't realize it was you piece. I almost used it as inspiration for a similar dresser I redid, but I didn't realize it was just mod podged on…so smart. It looks fantastic! 🙂
Ooh la la! I love this! Thanks for sharing with us.
Ooh la la! I love this! Thanks for sharing with us.