Sunday, December 7, 2014

Old Dresser turns Coffee Table

Here's a fun idea

for a furniture redo.

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Megan inherited an old dresser from Grandma

and cut it down to coffee table size.

The wood was stripped down to it's natural state.

After applying some Early American stain,

I ran a black glaze along the edge.

Then for the worn white look,  

I used vaseline on the edges for a paint resist.

After the white paint dries, sand the edges.

Now you have the farmhouse style

combining chippy white and natural wood.

I love the idea of finding ways 

to make Grandma's old furniture

updated and functional.

Now if you see an old dresser with drawers missing

or heavy water damage on the bottom,

remember there is still hope for restoration!

Happy Painting,

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Anonymous said...

Very clever! It looks good,and useful especially in small apts, with all the storage. Good tip on how to use damage dressers.

Anonymous said...

Great idea for damaged dresser. Can you share the style name/number of the rug and its place of purchase? Many thanks, Betty

Deb Hrabik said...

Rugs USA
Satara Edison Nickel
happy decorating,

Debbie said...

Wow! I love the way it turned out! Thanks for sharing the steps.

20 North Ora said...

What a great idea! Turned out so good.


Anonymous said...

This is beautiful Deb! I love the serpentine style drawers. What a unique coffee table this makes...people all over are going to be hacking up their old dressers lol :0) Your paint choices are perfect for the style of the piece as well ... Beautiful!

Have a great day!

Fox and Finch Antiques said...

That is an interesting idea. Any extra drawers can also be used in other ways. This is a terrific make-do project.

Feral Turtle said...

This turned out just beautiful! I love it.

Jordann@JHouseTawk said...

Hi Deb! .. I love what you did with this! I am going to buy a dresser with similar curvature of yours. I had a question though.. For your coffee table, did you just simply take the drawers (not used) out and cut the frame left of it into legs?? .. Or did you build legs for it? .. I DO NOT want to screw this project up HAHA. Your's is so perfect!!

Deb Hrabik said...

Hi Jordann -
They left the actual frame intact as part of the leg. But I'm sure it would work either way.
Have a great project!

Jordann@JHouseTawk said...

Thanks for getting back to me so quick! .. I plan to use the frame as well.. :)

Unknown said...

This is awesome. I would love it if you would share this at my party on Welcome to the Woods Wednesday ( It will be up a going on Tuesday evening. Hope to see you there.

Sarah @ Backwoods Babies

RusticOwlTreasures said...

Love this what color stain did you use on top

Deb Hrabik said...

Minwax Early American
Plus a black glaze edge
Have a great project,

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foreverdecorating said...

this summer I picked up a dresser much like this only with a long bottom drawer. The problem...someone cut the legs off. I am thinking of putting large wheels on it and making it into a coffee table or put on legs and make it into a stand for a TV. Your looks wonderful.

Deb Hrabik said...

Terry, that's a great idea!!

Jamie | anderson + grant said...

You always do such an incredible job with whatever you create here. I'm always drawn to your signs and furniture. This was an incredible transformation and the mix of paint and stain looks fabulous. I want this for my own house!

I'd love if you'd be willing to link this up at my party.

Merry Christmas!

Amy | Canary Street Crafts said...

Such a great idea for a damaged dresser. I love what you did with it!

Twice Nice said...

Deb that is so brilliant! Love the way it looks, you might have even thought it had always been that way if you didn't know better!

Unknown said...

Oh my! This is just amazing! If you'd like, I'd love for you to link up at Turn It Up Tuesday on my blog ( Incredible!

Rebekah @ Charming Imperfections said...

I love this! It's so cute!

Jamie | anderson + grant said...

I loved this transformation so much that I've included it today in the features at our Your Turn to Shine Party. Thanks so much for sharing with us and I hope to see you again. Have a fantastic day!

Lanita Anderson said...

Love the look of the antique dresser-turned-coffee table!! My husband loves to refinish furniture - I may have found a new project for him.... Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Wow! I way like it and would love to try my hand at something like this. Thank you for your vision and sharing.