Tuesday, November 10, 2009

{slimmed down dresser}

This little dresser used to be white, white little flowers painted on the front of the drawers. It began as a piece of furniture from my childhood bedroom set. The hutch (which is now in my craft room) was also part of the set. When I was 18, I decided I was so over the white, flowery motif, so I painted the set black. Being the furniture re-do rookie that I was at the time, I didn't sand or prime, I just painted. I started from the bottom and worked my way up, and when I began painting the glossy, laminate top, I realized the paint wasn't sticking, so I wiped it off and left it glossy white. And it's stayed that way for years, usually with a table runner covering the not so lovely laminate.

When we moved into our new home, I wasn't sure where to put the dresser. It just didn't seem to fit anywhere I wanted it. The depth was what really bothered me, as it jutted out in spaces I thought it would look cute. So, to solve the problem, I did what any handy gal would do.

I cut it in half.

My tool of choice was a circular saw, naturally. If you've never used one before, it's time to get your tool on (...i know, but don't say it...this is a PG rated blog folks), because they're awesome!.
After taking out the drawers, I just measured the depth I wanted to saw off and went from there.

After it was sawed in half, I took the wood that was in the back of the dresser and reattached it to the slimmed down dresser, so I could make some shelves.

We used 1/4" mdf for the shelves and cut them with a jigsaw. I also attached some molding to the front to hide the plain wood slats.

Finally after a fresh, new coat of paint (yes, I sanded the heck out of the laminate top & used a no sand primer to help it stick), and some new baskets from Ikea, the new dresser looks fabulous!

45 comments:

steph anne said...

Awesome, I love it and how nicely it ties with the rest of your decorations and personalized sign.

Katie said...

Amazing, as usual!!

Jill said...

LOVE IT!!!! No surprise there though. :) You're awesome!

The Smith Family said...

Loooooooooooooove this look! So so SOoooo cute!
~Shelley

Kristin said...

That is an amazing redo. LOVE it!

Meg and Alex said...

Looks great! You did such a good job, it looks like it's from pottery barn!

Stephenson Stories said...

Shan, You are amazing. I couldn't wait to see how this project turned out. I love what you did. I hope your kids get some of your creative juices! Mommacrawfish

Ms. Bright said...

Wow, what a great redo! I love how slimming black can be!

The Brady Bunch said...

Oh how I LOVE it!!!!

cathycan said...

amazingly cute!! good job!

Jill said...

Absolutely LOVE it!

Karlie said...

WHATEVER!!! I'm speechless....... you rock.

Lindsey said...

I saw your design make-overs on better after. Love your style.

I had to add you to my reader!

Libbie said...

Wow! Gorgeous! I wish I were that creative! Can't wait to see what else you do! Thaks for visiting my blog! I love just clicking around too! If that little shelf is ever missing...it might be at my house :)

Ashlee said...

stop it!! look how amazing you are!? and look at that little nook of your house. Would you like to come be my interior designer?!

BECKY said...

Looks just like from a magazine. :) Way to go!

Charlene said...

Soooooooooooooooooo very glad you happened upon my little world! Love to make new blog friends.

LOVE this dresser redo! You are so amazing. A circular saw YIKES! My husband would be terrified. He says I shouldn't even use a sharp knife. Hee Hee! (I have VERY double jointed fingers that haveNO strength & "Stuff/Accidents" just happen. Have a great weekend.

amelia said...

thanks for commenting on my blog so i could find yours! i love it! who would have thought to cut a dresser in half! genius!

Kate @ Bliss and That said...

I'm so glad you visited my little 'ol blog last night! :) I looove yours and will be back for sure!! I really need to start thrifting, as hopefully we'll be selling this house soon and gaining lots of square footage! We don't have enough furniture! I too have a chair from grandparents that needs re-upholstered. I wish you were close!! (Maybe I'll scan your blog for a DIY lesson...)

Anyways, I hope you can check out Part 2 of my home-showing nightmare!

Blessings, Kate

Mands Glenn said...

I LOVE! You just need your own TV show now and do this full time and get paid for it. Love it Girl!

-elle♡ said...

wow so amazing adn modernized

Christina Rodrigues said...

cute and creative!!

Jill said...

Shannon, I've been thinking about doing a give away so I'd love to!!! I've been playing with a few ideas. I'll email you and maybe you can help me narrow down. Thanks for the compliment! You're so awesome!

Portland Rose said...

I am so impressed with your skills!

Robster said...

This looks AMAZING!

Seriously, I just finished reading through some of your latest entries and photos. You have SO much talent...every room you show looks like it came straight from a magazine! Love it!!

Kelly said...

Hi! I found your blog through "Craft Rookie" blog, and I love it! You have such great ideas. I am now a follower! :-)

amelia said...

shan, to answer your question, no, i haven't taught any classes :) i am so flattered you like my photos... you made my year!!! i still have a lot to learn! if i ever feel confident enough to teach, i'll let ya know :)

~Linds~ said...

Love this!!! Love everything abou it! The white baskets, black cabinet are the perfect contrast for this awesome piece of furniture!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Lindsay
www.passengerseatkindofgirl.com

vanessa said...

You did fabulous on your segment today! I was at art weekend too! It would be nice to get a list of blogs from everyone there! :)

Kristie Moss said...

This is a great idea! I loved watching you on studio 5. Thanks for the great tips.

Nancy said...

Hi. I saw you this morning on Studio 5 and I'm excited to check out your blog, I'm loving what I'm seeing this morning, you'll definitely be added to my reader!

The Millers said...

I didn't know you were going to be on Studio 5 again today. How exciting it was to see you. I love the ideas in your blog. I will be following it from now on.

Miriam Ika Marshall said...

you are so talented!! i love it all!!

Meesh said...

Well check out that awesomeness!! You are such a creative lady, I love the fun things you think up. And I loved your two Studio 5 appearances! You are a natural in front of the camera, you didn't seem nervous at all. Nice work!

Talia said...

um, hi, that's amazing. Seriously, you are the coolest when it comes to projects!! My idea of a project is to paint something, and you're all "hey, I think I'll saw it in half and make it a totally different piece of furniture!" lol. LOVE it.

kerianne. said...

First let me start by saying this is absolutely the hottest diy dresser in the history of diy dressers. Why can't I ever luck out and find good furniure to re-do??? Sheesh.
Ok I'm new to blogging altogether, but I just happened to run across your blog and I freakin love it. OMG...it couldn't possibly get any cuter. I will be blog stalking you from this point on thank you. =)

Breezy said...

There is only one word for you..AMAZING!!!!!!

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Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

I am featuring this idea on my blog this Sunday!!!!

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Jan @ bobbypinsboardwalk said...

Beautifully done -- what ingenuity. btw -- may I have the other half???

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Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

I love this project! I am featuring it on my site here: http://www.somewhatsimple.com/what-to-do-with-an-old-dresser/
Thanks for linking the fun inspiration to my link party so long ago!!!