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It’s amazing what a coat of paint will do!  I can’t wait to share how we transformed a dated, beat up dresser into a farmhouse nursery dresser.

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There’s no denying the power of paint.  A single coat of paint can transform even the ugliest, most dated piece into something beautiful.

Better yet, it’s probably the easiest and most cost-effective way to transform anything in your home.  A room, a dresser, a picture frame.  Imagine the difference paint can make.

But, I can’t say I’m still not completely shocked by how incredible the dresser for our nursery looks after some paint…

I had been looking on Craigslist for a few weeks for a dresser when I came across this beauty…

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dresser makeover DIY | farmhouse furniture | furniture makeover DIY | painted dresser | farmhouse nursery

And I mean beauty both seriously and sarcastically.  Its obviously seen better days.  The old green or yellowish green color (puke color?) with the blue pulls straight from the 90s doesn’t make it outwardly beautiful.

But, I didn’t see that.  I saw it’s shape.  The pretty arch at the bottom, the small piece chipped from the top left drawer,  the random marks and gauges on its surface.  Oh, if furniture could talk!  Imagine where this piece had been!

I knew as soon as I saw it in person it would be perfect for our farmhouse nursery.  We paid $60 USD for it, which was admittedly more than I wanted to spend.  But, it’s a solid wood piece with plenty of storage that we can use for years to come.

We used spackling paste to fill in some of the bigger gauges on the top of the dresser.  After it dried, we sanded the whole dresser down (especially focusing on the parts we had used the spackling paste).

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dresser makeover DIY | farmhouse furniture | furniture makeover DIY | painted dresser | farmhouse nursery

Once it was sanded, it was ready to be painted!

I talked a bit about the color decision in the design plan and Instagram, but, I was so torn about what color to paint it.

Most of the nursery was neutral.  The rug, the crib, the rocker, the curtains.  Even the shiplap wall was a creamy off white (Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams).

I wanted to go bold.  Which is terrifying to me when it comes to choosing paint.  I like to stick to anything gray.

After narrowing it down to two shades of pink (moss rose and rose embroidery)….

I actually went with the darker of the two … MOSS ROSE!!

You guys, I was seriously so nervous to see what this color would look like on the dresser.  Would I hate it?  Could it be painted a gray color over the dark pink after I inevitably freaked over the boldness of the color?

Well, much to my surprise, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the color.

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It looks so perfect agains the creamy walls and new shiplap wall we just installed.

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Of course I traded out the tired blue handles with some rustic knobs I found at Hobby Lobby (for 50% off, seriously don’t buy knobs unless they’re on sale).

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I went back and forth on whether I wanted to sand it down after painting.  This would have given it a more distressed look.  I decided not to in the end.  But, I don’t have a particularly good reason as to why I chose not to distress it except I loved how it looked after painting 🙂

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dresser makeover DIY | farmhouse furniture | furniture makeover DIY | painted dresser | farmhouse nursery

I am SO happy with the dresser makeover.  I could not picture it looking better than it does.

Do you think you could go bold with a furniture makeover?  Or are you a gray kinda girl, too 🙂

Wishing you a joyful day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S.  I know I promised a farmhouse nursery weekly progress update, but, we have gotten almost nothing done the last few weeks so there’s nothing to share.  My poor hubby has been working on things after the kids go to sleep (since that’s the only time we have to do anything) so  I’m hoping to have an update to share next week.

 

 

 

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10 Comments

  1. Kelly @ North Country Nest

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE the color. It is so bold and fun and beautiful; just perfect for your baby girl! And those rustic knobs are stunning – what a nice find at Hobby Lobby for half off 🙂
    Best,
    Kelly

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Thank you so much Kelly!! I’m so happy with the color we chose and how it looks on the dresser. Hobby Lobby has the best knob selection!

      Reply
  2. Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins

    I LOVE the color! It’s a slight break from the traditional pink that gets used in girl nurseries, but still super sweet and feminine.

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  3. Lora

    The color turned out great and you didi pick a perfect piece! Lines and solid wood are the most important details for me when choosing furniture to makeover.

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Thank you!! I feel like you can’t find furniture like that anymore (solid wood with pretty details). It’s one of my favorite pieces in the nursery!

      Reply
  4. Jenn @ Loveland Lodge

    It is 100% perfect for a baby girl’s nursery. I absolutely love that color!

    Reply
  5. vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

    The dresses really turned out beautiful! I’m usually not a big fan auf pink either, but actually painted my baby’s changing table pink also. Well, the dresser, that we converted into a changing table, was actually painted long before we knew we’d have a girl. 😉
    XO! Vanessa

    Reply

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