A few months before Louisa was born, I grabbed a basic changing table for $30. It tucks into our room and is great. But it’s not sturdy enough to grow with her, so time for an upgrade!
Fabric Topped Dresser
Louisa’s room is the shiny new room we put in over the garage and the colors are navy blue with some hints of green. I found this solid wood dresser on Craigslist for $40. If you’re anti painted furniture then read no further. Spoiler alert… I painted it. (I checked for a maker’s mark… nada; also, I didn’t love the stain color and wasn’t in the mood to strip, sand, restain, etc.)
You’ve read about lots of these painted Craigslist pieces on this blog, but quick recap of what I look for when buying used furniture: dovetailed joints, solid wood construction (note the bottom of the drawers are wood vs. particle board, etc.), and interesting lines.
I learned my lesson from the ombre that never was and started by labeling where each drawer fit. After removing the drawer pulls, I used Annie Sloan’s Napoleonic Blue chalk paint. This color is beautiful, incidentally… a nice rich blue.Typically, I like to bring in more contemporary drawer pulls to update older pieces a bit, but these were in mint condition. Kinda. They required a date with some Brasso and a pair of rubber gloves, but heck… what’s a Saturday night without some rubber gloves, right? (Check out this fun post from Kate to get a little more intel on your brass hardware….) They started out like this:
After soaking for 20″, they looked like the one on the right… the one on the left had another round of soaking. I used a toothbrush to get in the nooks and crannies and then some steel wool to really clean these bad boys up.
I mean… hard to believe it’s the same hardware!
There have been lots of really cool images on the intrawebs of fabric wrapped furniture. There’s a lot of pattern in the room already, but I loved the idea of jazzing up this dresser just a bit. Many of the pieces I saw, mentioned this video from Martha Stewart about wrapping a table in linen with polycrylic and then ironing to adhere it. I only used a piece of fabric for the top, obviously. I measured and cut my fabric… I was going to fold under the seams to prevent fraying, but this is a heavier fabric so I didn’t want a ridge along the edge. I used a super sharp rotary cutter to minimize the fraying and placed it carefully on the polycrylic. I ironed the fabric in place and went back over it with 3 more layers of polycrylic being careful to smooth and seal any little threads along the edge. So far, no fraying…
Isn’t it fun? This fabric was in my scrap pile but it happens to pick up the color of the brass drawer pulls perfectly. I love that you don’t notice the fabric from a distance but when you come closer, it’s a nice little howdoyoudo. We’ll put the changing pad right on top of the dresser when the time comes, but for now I like looking at my pretty pretty fabric.
Apologies to the non-painters of you out there… it’s not that I don’t like the wood stain, but I LOVE the paint and fabric. I mean, I did polish and preserve the brass hardware! Reminder of the before:
Fun, right? Can we talk about the magic that is brass polish, by the way?!