When I moved to NYC from LA three and a half years ago, I didn’t buy any new furniture. Luckily, since I was transferring offices with my company, they came and packed and moved all my furniture I accumulated over the previous 4-6 years. Well, recently my old Ikea dresser decided it had been through enough and finally fell apart.
I wanted to add a little pop of color to my room this time, especially after I spotted this blue dresser at Crate & Barrel. Only downside, the dresser was $1300 dollars!!!
Ummm…I may be doing okay for myself, but that’s still more than I want to pay for piece of furniture like this. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and set out to find a wooden dresser on Craigslist that I could paint and refinish myself to get exactly what I wanted, for a fraction of the cost. Fraction meaning around $250.
After a little searching, I found this handmade wooden piece on Craigslist for $100. It was a great shape, it was well-made (despite being a 20 years old) and had solid wood structure. I paid $60 for a ‘man with a van’ I also found on Craigslist that could transport the piece from the Lower East Side to my home in Harlem.
Now that I had it home, first thing I needed to do was find out how exactly to refinish this beauty. So I did a search on Google and Pinterest and came across step-by-step directions on Live Love DIY. Go ahead and head over to their site for the detailed step-by-step directions. While the piece I purchased wasn’t laminated wood like the instructions suggest, the directions were still perfect.
I then headed over to The Home Depot to pick up my materials, including brushes, paint rollers, painters tape, a pint of high-gloss paint in a Tiffany blue-ish color, and the polycrilic finish. I got all my materials for about $40 dollars. Here are a couple images of the painting in progress…in my living room.
After 3 coats of paint, 2 coats of finish, and 24-48 hours to dry, the piece was almost finished. However, to really give this dresser a brand-new look, I needed new knobs for the drawers. My design-savvy mother found the perfect ones for me on Etsy from shop KnobbyGal and ordered them for my birthday. They were handpainted and just beautiful, and only $3.75 a piece! With 16 knobs that needed to be replaced that came in at around $60.
So here’s the final project, which was created for $260 — and, if you ask me, looks 10 times better than the Crate & Barrel version that costs $1300 (and that doesn’t even include shipping).
What do you think?