Before & After Distressed Dresser

Jason's busy with stuff for work and I cant mess with the dinning room furniture because the top coat is drying. So its a quite weekend here at the Koenig's house. Time to change that, & I have just the thing in mind. Since we got new bedding for my birthday our room kinda isn't flowing right.



Yes I've found a new love! We got the bedding on sale at Kmart for $40.00. The two white pillows were on clearance for $5.00 a piece and the mustard yellow pillow was a yard sale find for $1.00.



Here's whats not flowing well with our room. The dresser Jason's family gave to us about a year ago. This was the first project Jason and I first upcycled and started this blog. We had no clue what we were doing at that time, hence no top protection coating, the uneven stain job and the cheap hardware.



Lets get Jason's suede recliner out of the way for a better look. 



The thing I love most about the dresser besides the strange layout of the drawers, is the legs. I want to find some way to make them stand out more. So I'm thinking a dark colors for the hardware and legs, and a light color for the wood.





Let me say I made Jason wake up Sunday morning in the middle of a tropical wave to help me move the dresser & take these pictures. Oh the things we do for love!

I had some left over paint from us painting our dining room and I've been trying to use it all up.
Once I finished painting the dresser I took some sand paper in 120 grit and distressed it some.
I then applied some water-based poly.

Distressed Furniture:  Distressed furniture is newer pieces of furniture that have been conditioned to have the appearance of older pieces that have seen a moderate amount of use. The process for distressing furniture often depends on the style, the amount of distressing that is desired, and whether the piece is painted or stained

You basically want to distress areas that you think would be in contact alot. I chose to distress the edges alot, and only a little on the flat surfaces.

Unfortunately when we bought the knobs and pulls for this makeover they didn't carry them in black. So I had to buy some Rust-Oleum Textured spray paint, using it on the hardware and legs. I actually love them being textured besides smooth.

You like the stars? I bought two from some yard sales and gave them a makeover, using gold and tan spray paint and some painters tape. This project took a total of $15.00 that's including the cost for the stars.




Now we have a new dresser and slowly the room is coming together!
Thank you all for stopping by and I look forward to reading your comments.



<3 Jamie Koenig

72 comments:

  1. That looks awesome! The stars are great too :)

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  2. Beautiful job on this dresser. $15? Yikes! Thanks so much for sharing your talent and blessings to you, Patti

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    1. Thank you! $15 might seem like alot for the stars. That included buying two different cans of spray paint at $5.00 a piece. The painters tape, and three dollars for the stars. :)

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  3. Way to go! You REALLY did a great job and the pictures are wonderful. I love that shabby chic look. The stars really make the whole thing POP! Thanks for sharing your work. Happy Creative Every Day!

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    1. thank you...Yes for some reason the stars make it POP!

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  4. Lovely work! The stars are a great deco touch.

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  5. Love the dresser and the stars!! Nice job!

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  6. I love your refinish!!!!! Can't wait to see your room:) I posted fabric flower to The Goods party:) Stop over:)

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  7. That dresser looks beautiful.. and the striped star was really creative, it looks awesome!

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  8. I have to say, I would have never picked up a dresser like this! But NOW I WOULD!! You did an amazing job. I love it.
    I would love to have you join my PAint Party on Thursday Startathome.blogspot.com
    Brooke

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    1. The legs was the part that made me want it. Glad I could change your mind.

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  9. Great job! Love the dresser finish and the star stripes look amazing!!

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  10. As awesome as this dresser redo is...I have to say I love the makeover on the stars. I've been contemplating painting a large one I have. I think you may have convinced me. :)
    Kelly

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  11. Great job - I like the refashion. Enjoy your week.

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  12. That came out so good! I've been wanting to try restoring an old piece of furniture!

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  13. Very nice! Wish I was that crafty because I love the look of a piece that has a lot to tell :)

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  14. I like what you have done - looks great

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  15. The dresser looks great! And I love the yellow pillow! Stopping by from Whatcha Work-up Weds! :)

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    1. Thank you Alyssa yes the yellow pillow is an eye catcher.

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  16. I love what you did with the dresser! It sounds like a lot of work, but it looks like it is worth it!

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  17. Thank you for sharing your dresser makeover at Tuesday Trivia. I absolutely love it. What a difference. How fun to blog together! New follower. I pinned it and will share on google+
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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  18. Wow, I love how this turned out! I have yet to try and do the distressed look, but looks easy enough!? Maybe I'll give it a try.
    -Kayla

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  19. Wow! That dresser is beautiful!! I love the knobs and the not so structured look the drawers give! Loving the stars too! I would LOVE to have you share this at my link party!!
    http://www.madetobeamomma.com/2013/07/homemade-by-you-60.html

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  20. Hi~ Thanks for stopping by Turnips 2 Tangerines and thanks for the follow:) It must be fun to blog and create together~ Love the new dresser look, I have one in particular that could use a "new" look~ Now following~Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  21. Love how your dresser turned out...the knobs just make it! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/07/centerpiece-wednesday-and-wrap-up_17.html
    Karin

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  22. Love what you did to the dresser! Awesome, thanks for stopping by and linking up with Soul Food Monday. Hope to see ya next week again :)

    ~SimplyyMayra @
    PonderWonders

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  23. That dresser looks great! What a fantastic project and superb budget. It makes it so that anyone can do it. The world needs more of that. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend.

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  24. Oh my gosh - the dresser looks beautiful!!! And I love it with the stars! You have inspired me to try doing our coffee table in the family room :) I was your neighbor at Thurs. Favorite Things & am so glad.

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  25. Very, very cute! I love the uniqueness of the dresser & love how it turned out! And, I love the fact that you're using up old paint instead of going & buying new - way to be thrifty :D I saw you at House of Hepworths :)
    Blessings,
    Nicole

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  26. Jamie! You did an amazing job on the dresser! And, I love the stars!! Thank you for sharing and thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House! It means the world!! I would love it if you would share this fab post at my Make it Pretty Monday party which is still live. Here is the link if you want to check it out. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2013/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-58.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  27. Wow, what a difference! You did a great job! I love the starts too! It was worth moving the dresser for the pics b/c it really is a lovely picture. :)

    Gina @ Gina's Craft Corner
    http://ginascraftcorner.blogspot.com

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  28. Hi Jamie,
    What a great project - I'm always intimidated to take on a big one like that. Yours looks so beautiful, I love the starts, too!
    Hope you're having an awesome day.
    Ang
    Juggling Act Mama

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  29. Very nice work! I wouldn't have recognized that as the same dresser! Well done!

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  30. WOW, what a transformation! We had a dresser very similiar to that when we first got married, then gave it to my sister, then got it back.....it has made the rounds! And seen ALOT of paint. It is gone now. did a GREAT job abd I love the stars too!!!! XO, Pinky

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  31. Beautiful! I love how cup pulls instantly update a piece of furniture! Great job. :)
    Lisa @ {createinspire}

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  32. I love before and afters!!! It looks amazing! Love the stars!

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  33. Hi! I'm visiting you via #sscnet Blog Luv day! What an amazing job u did on the dresser! I'm especially in love with the striped star...

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  34. Great transformation - love the color and the distressing.

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  35. That dresser is Gorgeous!!! I love how it turned out! We have a link party going on right now and every Thursday that I would love for you to share this at and anything else you would like! We would love to have you!
    http://twoyellowbirdsdecor.blogspot.com/2013/07/thursdays-temptation-73-fabulous.html
    Jill

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  36. Oh I LOVE this! I am actually about to redo my dresser as well! Thanks for linking up this week at the Make Bake Create Party!

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  37. My partner and I are looking to set up our natural salon with furniture done exactly like this only in our signature creams and blues. Thanks for linking up at SSCnet blog luv

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  38. You two do such a great job together!

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  39. Wow! Amazing makeover! It is beautiful! Thanks for linking up to Give Me the Goods! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  40. Love it! What a difference a little paint makes!

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  41. The dresser looks amazing! Fantastic work!

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  42. Distressed DIY really seem to be in right now and you nailed this one! I love the before and after but, especially the after! It looks GORGEOUS!

    My readers would love to see this before and after! I’d love it if you linked this up over at Living Well Spending Less for Thrifty Thursday this week! http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/category/thrifty-thursday/

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  43. Great job, it looks amazing! Thanks for sharing it at Fluster's Creative Muster. Now that you found our party I hope that you'll be joining us again.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

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  44. Love the dresser makeover. Stopping by from SSC and looking forward to seeing more of your work

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  45. Thanks for linking up with the Friday Flash Blog. I hope you checked out the highlighted posts as well as everyone’s terrific entries. Have a fabulous weekend!

    Jennifer
    thejennyevolution.com

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  46. Oh yes...WAY better! I love it! Hello! Thanks so much for linking up at Make Bake Create! I have a weekly Homemaking Party that I'd love to have you join, if you'd like! It starts over every Thursday.

    Here's the link for this week's party: http://www.hopeineveryseason.com/2013/07/our-library-day-and-homemaking-party.html

    Have a great night!
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

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  47. Looks great!! You have inspired me~!~ I have a dresser that I want to turn into a media center! Thanks for sharing!! Come visit my blog sometime! <3

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  48. Wow, doesn't look like the same dresser at all!

    Thanks so much for linking up on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party. Voting has started, please take a moment to cast your vote on your favourite link of this week :) I look forward to seeing what you share with us this week.

    x
    Natalie
    Marigolds' Loft

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  49. I love it! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me Party!

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  50. Thanks for linking up to Gingerly Made's Show & Tell party. You've been featured! http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/07/show-tell-features_22.html

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  51. Beautiful finish!

    I've featured your project here:
    http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2013/07/made-by-me-89-linky-party-and-features.html

    -Q

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  52. The dresser looks great and I love the stars!! Great job!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and linking up to the Weekend Beautiful party!
    Shawna

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  53. I love your painted dresser! You did a great job! Thanks for sharing your project at The Pin Junkie Link Party. It was featured this week! I hope you'll stop by to get your featured button.
    http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2013/07/friday-link-party-27.html

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  54. great job! i totally want something like that in my entry

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  55. Super stuff, this post won last weeks' vote on Tutorial Thursday Linky Party and as such will be featured tomorrow (1st August) Don't forget to drop by and grab your featured button.
    Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to see your newest creations.
    x
    Natalie
    Marigolds' Loft

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  56. Love it! Nice job!

    Pam
    @ www.pjstreasures.blogspot.com

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