From Shabby to CHIC! A Vintage Dresser Redesign

I bought this vintage dresser at a thrift store for a mere $20.00 about a year ago. What a steal! I loved the shape of it and the casters on the bottom. I brought it home and placed it in the garage. I painted it white and distressed it and there it stood for months, tucked away under boxes of stuff! Life got in the way I guess you can say.
Well, last week I finally cleaned out my garage, cleaned up the dresser and it made its way into our master bedroom. It has finally found its new home and I Love it. I’ve hung an antique mirror above it and think they compliment each other perfectly.
Sometimes you just have a stroke of luck when out treasure hunting. I am sure whoever priced it at $20 could not see past its pitiful appearance. A simple coat of paint, sand paper and a little elbow grease transformed this piece from an “Ugly Duckling” to a Beautiful White Swan!
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24 Responses

  1. The Working Home Keeper

    Wow, it looks so beautiful!

    Mary Ellen

  2. LV

    That is a great vintag dresser. You did a remarkable job on the transformation of it. I love the way it turned out and looks in your bedroom.You did good.

  3. Sally Annie Magundy

    What a transformation! You did a wonderful job.

    Happy VTT,

  4. Tara Beaulieu

    Amazing what white paint and hard work can do, isn't it?! What a wonderful job you did and your bedroom (what I can see of it) looks so cozy and inviting- a real retreat! Happy VTT and thanks for sharing!

  5. Maureen

    You did a great job – it looks awesome! Oh, and the hydrangeas are a perfect addition.

  6. Coloradolady

    What a wonderful job you have done! It looks so sweet all cleaned up and in its new home!!! Have a great VTT!

  7. Raggedy Angel

    Don't you just love it when you find treasure shopping in your own house… looks wonderful! Happy Friday!!!!

  8. Bonnie@Creative Decorating

    I am traveling over from Transformation Thursday! I love it! It looks really nice in your room. I have an end table that I just bought for $10 and I am trying to figure out how I want to redo it!

  9. Gail @ Faithfulness Farm

    GREAT vintage, shabby chic dresser! I have a *thing* about old dressers 🙂


  10. Mary

    The whole vignette just looks wonderful! Lovely and romantic. Visiting from Show and Tell Friday~

  11. Donna

    Wow! Hard to believe that this was only $20! I love painting just about everything cream or white, and you did a fantastic job!

  12. Anna Matthews

    That's the kind of thrifting luck I need about now. Great job on the makeover!

  13. Meg

    Oh, I love it! The knick knacks on the top are perfect for the vintage look. Great job!

  14. Crystal Rose Cottage

    Yes, a definite swan! Beautiful!~Patti

  15. Melody

    Hi Lisa, Don't forget to stop over for the ECS Vintage Alhpabet Party. It starts tomorrow and runs the whole week, so there's plenty of time to join in!

  16. Rene @ cottage and vine

    I love it. Great job on the makeover and those hydrangeas are gorgeous!


  17. Atelier de Charo

    Love this, is a fantastic transformation!


  18. Kim @ Starshine Chic

    A beautiful swan indeed it is!! And a bargain to boot. I need to find me a bargain dresser like this.

  19. Creations By Cindy

    What a great buy! I am not believing you got that dresser for $20! It is awesome. Good for you. Be blessed. Cindy

  20. Susan

    What a diamond in the rough you found for 20 dollars!! It is gorgeous!! I love your blue hydrangeas and the blue and white pitcher.

  21. TheSmithHotel

    Great redo! Love it with the mirror too!



    wow! very nice! I got a dresser similar to this tonight. I was trying to figure out what to do with it. If I could make it look this nice, I'd be very pleased!
    great job.

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