Before & After: Antique Dresser Re-Do!

I had been looking for a medium size dresser with a cool shape for the bedroom. My husband doesn’t like to use a dresser, which lends to all of his things being tossed around the shelves in the closet. I didn’t want anything too large (seeing as apartment living doesn’t promise the space for any furniture, let alone large pieces), and I didn’t want to pay much more than $100 for a fixer upper.  I looked and I looked and I looked on craigslist and at thrift shops for the perfect old piece to redo.

It really did seem hopeless. I looked for months! I even considered painting an Ikea dresser when I was feeling desperate. Then, finally, there it was. An antique, solid wood short boy for $120; complete with mirror!


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The whole thing had quite a bit of cosmetic damage; all small stuff, like water rings and a couple little scratches. I tend to feel bad paining quality wood (this is walnut). So, I tried to sand it down to see how much of the varnish I could get off to re-finish it. It would have been a ton of work to sand it down completely by hand. So, I painted it.

I used the same paint I used for the three tables around the apartment. And, I used a similar process to paint them. I sanded them down a little bit all over. Then painted them and sealed them with the same fast drying polyurethane.




And then the mirror fell and broke so I bought this mirror.


And then I decided that I didn’t like the new mirror. So, I had the old mirror repaired.



I moved the gold mirror above my other dresser, but it might be too large. I’m thinking of moving it above my headboard. I don’t know though.

I still need to find some new knobs (I’m thinking gold) and attach the mirror to the back of the dresser (I need to talk to my dad about that). But, for the most part I’m super happy with the way this project has turned out.

So, tell me what you think!

So Blue…

Yay for home improvement projects!!! My husband and I have had these three tables since the very beginning of college. And, seven moves and some time spent outside has left them less than ideal looking. I had been thinking about painting them for a long time, but hadn’t found any inspiration for a paint color/style.

But, thanks to Pinterst I found inspiration!

Via Little Green Notebook

Via Little Green Notebook

Let’s talk about why this picture is so perfect! The color combination is fresh and happy while still feeling luxurious and classy! This color could work in any room of my house.I’m also obsessed with gold hardware right now. I just freaking love it!

So here is what they looked like before:


The small table on the left is the one that I painted. It was in the worst shape out of all of them from being left outside for a while.


This set of coffee tables was the first piece of furniture I ever purchased for myself before moving to Chicago. This table has burn marks, water rings and bite marks from my dog when she was a puppy.


Another angle of the same table. I don’t have a before picture of the smaller version of this coffee table (BAD BLOGGER!).

I rough sanded the tops of the tables a little, applied two coats of the Galapagos Turquoise semi gloss paint and primer. Then I applied a two coats of Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane. The quick dry didn’t seem very quick, but what do I know.

And now, for the transformation!


This is the smaller version! It’s hard to see the color, but you get the idea. This is a little nook I make in the dining room.




No knob yet, but the color is perfect! You can’t tell at all that this was almost a trashed piece of furniture.


Doesn’t it look great with the duvet cover?


The bigger coffee table. I love the white tray with it! I should have used a wood fill for the very obvious hole. Oh well, live and learn.



I think it looks great with all the yellow I’ve added around the house, too!

My photography skills aren’t great (obviously). But, you get the general idea. It’s sorta a subtle difference, but it has totally changed the way I think about these three pieces of furniture. I’m still working on finding the ideal hardware for these pieces.

Now if only I could redo the hideous sofa just as easily!


Color Your World

I love home decor that is bright and full of life. These photographs by Rachel Whiting, are so perfectly vintage and feminine. I imagine the person who lives here is an artist in a small flat in an old world city. I especially love the pink bike!

Amazing Flowers For Spring

Floral arrangements can be the most unique feature of all wedding decor. They create a feeling and set the formality of the whole event. Not to mention, flowers add a natural element and life to the party! These gorgeous arrangements from Ruffled are simply incredible. I love the way very traditional wedding flowers are mixed with more exotic greens and branches creating whimsically elegant arrangements.


spring wedding flowers

spring wedding flowers

spring wedding flowers

spring wedding bouquets

spring wedding flowers


rose ranunculus bouquets

spring wedding flowers


spring wedding flowers

Check out the full post at Ruffled.




Love Me In the Forest

Mmmm… fall, and in the woods. What’s not to love? The warm colors, the soft textures and oh… the leaves. Here is a collection of beautiful fall ideas to make your fall wedding perfectly dreamy. Enjoy!

A wooden wheelbarrow overflowing with lush greenery and other decorative elements

Martha Stewart

fall wedding table using lace, red leaves and vintage dishes


woodland wedding invitation ideas from Rifle Paper Co.


Quilt-covered hay-bale seats for the ceremony

Martha Stewart

Jane Austen Wedding Inspiration

Green Wedding Shoes

Groomsmen's boutonnieres made of cotton blooms, succulents, and lavender

Martha Stewart

incredible fall bouquet // photo by // flowers by Story Farms


Fall tablescape

Inspired Design

I hope you enjoyed this lovely fall themed post!


Beautiful Baby’s Breath

I’m totally in love with baby’s breath! I wish I’d used it almost exclusively in my wedding. It feels so whimsical, like a fairy-tale garden. Here are some of my favorite uses of baby’s breath from around the blogosphere. Enjoy!

Babys breath flower girl crown

Flower girl crown from Style Me Pretty.

Place Cards in Wooden Drawers With Babys Breath

Escort cards in baby’s breath filled drawers. Elizabeth Anne Designs

baby's breath chuppah

Baby’s breath chuppah! Style Me Pretty.


Baby’s Breath centerpiece and place settings. Love. Wedding Chicks.

Perfect Bouquet (photo by Jonathan Ong)

Sweet and simple bridal bouquet. Ruffled.


I hope you enjoyed this! For more gorgeous baby’s breath ideas check out my pinterest board.


Light on The Icing

I love cake (well I love all desserts, I’m not partial to any one kind) and I especially love icing. But, not everyone loves tons of frosting. And, sometimes the icing can take away from how good the actual cake is. So, here are a few gorgeous cakes with very little icing!


sweet wedding cake

ZsaZsa Bellagio: Some of the Little Things I Love


Sources: Ruffled, Wedding Chicks, ZsaZsa Bellagio