Thrifty Style Team… Misadventures in Painted Furniture

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Hello, my people!!! I’m back from an incredible weekend in Atlanta at the Haven conference and sharing this months Thrifty Style Post with my ninja style team! I have a recap of the conference in the works for later this week so hang tight on all the deets. This month I thought I’d share a dresser that has taken some heat, and it’s sort of become metaphor for all sorts of things related to this blog of mine. May I present Martha’s repainted dresser.

repainted MCM dresser

I found it on Craigslist and it looked like this. I didn’t think ANYthing of painting it because well… I didn’t like it. But… you all know how that goes.

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craigslist dresser before makeover

As is OFTEN the case with my ideas… I couldn’t make up my mind. Hence the crazy assortment of colors and pattern going on here. Here’s what I couldn’t decide between: the herringbone pattern and an ombre. I had the great idea of combining those two. Ya know… because both are super subtle ‘looks’ and all.

repainted multicolored herringbone dresser

And then I screwed up. I measured the drawers before painting to make sure they were all the same size. They are. But inexplicably… they fit into the dresser in their own specific spots. (Takeaway here is to label your drawers when you remove them…) So what you are looking at is a lovely patterned dresser… with mismatched color gradient. Oh well. At least I chose seven different pretty colors to work with, right?

mispainted dresser drawers with colorful herringbone

What has been your biggest DIY screw up?

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Other posts that feature this old gal?
• Kids Shared Bedroom
• DIY Lightbox
• Martha’s Desk Area
• Reupholstered Ottoman

The BEST part of these Wednesdays, though… are my partners in thrifty decor crime! Meet the team and hop around to all their blogs to see the clever ways they’re designing with their scores.

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  1. This turned out beautifully! I would never have seen the potential in the original dresser but you did and made it so unique and gorgeous.

    So happy to be spending another Thrifty Style day with you.

  2. How dare you paint that wood!!!!! Bahaha totally kidding. 😉 I absolutely love it. It’s colorful, it’s quirky, it’s fun. It’s perfect for a sweet kiddo’s room. Great job!

  3. Never in a million years would I have thought to paint it like this. And yet is fits perfectly with your aesthetic. And it looks perfect in the kid’s room. As for the mess up, we’ll call it artistic license and leave it at that.