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Aged office dresser re-do | DIY Before & After

“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’” -Brian Tracy

Working from home isn’t always glamorous, let me tell you- as I’m writing this I’m also making grilled cheese sandwiches for my kids,  (pretty sure I just burnt one while writing this ;) ) doing laundry, unloading the dishwasher, processing photos from my latest wedding, packing for our move (I have 4 days left at this house!), packing for an upcoming road trip, and prepping the house for the new owners!    All on top of two wonderful, but very busy children running around me  like wild animals!  (Love them to pieces, wild animals or not!)

But…you know what, I wouldn’t change all of this for anything. It is who I was made to be, exactly where God wants me to be, and I embrace it every day.  Working on pieces like the one you will see below-is another way I find serenity in my life as well, and take a little time to refresh myself!  (I may sound a little crazy, but I’m sure some of you out there understand this craziness ;) )

So, how do I bring a little bit of peace, calm, and cheer to my space?!  I customize pieces that will surround me, that I can look at and be reminded when and how I did the project, and I bring in pieces that don’t say ‘office’ or ‘work’ so I feel relaxed while I am working.

Today I decided was THE day to finally re-do an awesome dresser/cabinet that I picked up from a thrift store last year for just $10.00.   It is a beautiful piece that spoke to me and there was no way I was leaving the store without this in tow in the back of my Jeep.

I love white, I really do, but I have so much white in my space, that I decided it was time to add some darker colors in my work area, to add depth and character.    After a trip to the deep south-west of Texas in 2009, I fell in love with the rustic side of home decor, and you will see in a little while how I add some rustic into this re-do as well.

So grab an old dresser, some paint, your paintbrush and come along with me on this little re-do journey!

PROJECT: Office dresser re-do.

PROJECT COST: Under $30.00


PROJECT SUPPLIES: Dresser, paint, paintbrush, chalkboard paint.

PROJECT TOOLS: Palm Sander, sand paper.

Project Instructions:

1.) Grab an old dresser from your room, your basement or pick one up for a good deal at a local thrift store.

2.) Prep work.  Prepare your dresser for painting. Remove drawer pulls and knobs for easier painting & to replace if desired.  [I noticed that there was a beautiful turquoise paint showing through.  Turquoise is one of my favorite colors, so I thought it would be cool to let some of that show through on the completed project.   ]

Wash your dresser down top to bottom with warm soapy water, to rid it from any dirt or residue that has built up on it over the years.  Once completely dry, you can grab your awesome palm sander and get to work!  I sanded quickly over the top and a little on the sides.  [This will again be sanded after the final coat of paint, but will make the final steps of sanding/aging easier, with less paint to cut through]

3.) If you sanded your dresser as I did, you will need to wipe the entire piece down again with warm soapy water.

4.) Paint! This is the fun part.
Grab whatever color/kind of paint your prefer.  I had Rust-Oleum metallic accents paint laying around from a previous project, so I decided to use it again and save myself some $!  [LOVE this paint, it has such an awesome shimmer to it, and goes on very smooth]

5.) Customize.  Add some chalkboard paint in any areas that you can!  I chose to paint chalkboard paint on the front door and on both sides on a few of the panels.  This will be great for taking quick notes while I am working!

Scuff with sandpaper where desired, to give your piece an aged, vintage look and to add character.

6.) Add new hardware (if desired).  I picked up these awesome , rustic drawer pulls & knob all for under $17.00 at Menards in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

7.) Enjoy!  The project is over, now it’s time to sit back and enjoy, draw some doodles and add your piece to your work space or location of your choice!

Bonus Tips:

*When sanding, make sure to sand in the direction of the grain on your piece, and keep in one constant direction, and always take care and caution when using any kind of power tool!  Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re afraid to try something on your own, or  have someone show you exactly how to use the tool you are using, if you are a bit unsure.

*While, sanding and painting, stop every now and then and take a walk around your entire project to check for places you may have missed, messed up, or have some dripping paint, so you can correct your error before it’s too late.

*If no other color under your current color, and you wish for the layered look, just swipe on a quick coat of color before your final coat-and sand/scuff in random areas!

*On warm days, always hydrate yourself and take breaks when needed.

* Do not toss or throw away your old hardware; knobs/drawer pulls.  Instead, donate them to a place like Building Hope in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, or even Habitat For Humanity where they can reused and re-purposed!

How fun was that?  Easy too wasn’t it?!   Remember, you don’t need to spend a ton of money or go over your budget to bring some cheer, fun, and character into your space!

Thanks for reading,


{To purchase your own Tomboy Tools Pink paintbrush, please email Tracey at , make sure to tell her Kelly from The Pink Hammer blog sent you!}

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