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Say What? My First- Ever Furniture Makeover {Lacey’s Dresser}

Dear Friends,
I’ve been harboring a dirty little secret.  I’ve had a “home” blog for two years yet I have never made-over a single piece of furniture.   I know, I know – impossible.  An oxymoron even.  Aren’t home bloggers serial furniture re-doers?  Not this one, apparently.  I do dream of taking Craig’s List cast-offs and making them glam but you can’t run a marathon without practicing first.

I threw caution to the wind and Lacey’s dresser got a wallpaper makeover. I couldn’t be happier.  It was not exactly smooth sailing but we will skip to the end result, okay?


I made some mistakes along the way which is all part of the learning process. I don’t think you can tell with the final product. I chose Lacey’s dresser because it was a white stand-alone piece.  I figured if I messed up really bad it didn’t involve stain and I could just sand & paint.   Also, the fact that it isn’t part of a set made for an easy decision.

The wallpaper was a catalog clearance item:  Graham & Brown for Land of Nod.  The knobs are from Hobby Lobby.  I originally wanted Anthro knobs but they were $10 each.  And I needed nine.   So instead of spending $90,  I wasted copious amounts of gas driving to Hobby Lobby every week to check their knob inventory.

The mirror was a cheap HomeGoods find.  I’ve had the sconces for nearly a decade.  The roses are from our yard.  The pottery piece my mom gave me several years ago.  The box holds Lacey’s baby book & a few mementos.

I attached the wallpaper with spray adhesive and used a spray polyurethane on top.  There is a tutorial on that coming next week.   Big mistakes included.

I cannot wait to show you Lacey’s bedroom.  The dresser is elegant but the rest of the room says “little girl” in a big way.  Not blog-ready but on the horizon for sure.

So, what do you think of my first furniture make-over?   Mr. C says it looks “sort-of Grandma” which I  translated to “vintage” and took as a total compliment.


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Edited to add:  The tutorial is finished.  You can find it here. 🙂

P.S.  I did paint a bookcase in college.  I added vines & flowers- it was so very nineties.  Not sure if that counts.   I’ve slip-covered furniture.  And made a coffee table into a side table. And tackled Ikea cabinets.  But I’m saying that, because of a statute of limitations, this is my first furniture makeover.  This is my blog so I win.


  1. Not a serial redoer! I’m shocked! And a blogger too! Mercy. Look, unless you live in a 10,000 square foot home, it would be impossible to continue doing projects constantly. I appreciate your honesty.

    What a sweet addition to that little chest of drawers! It was cute to begin with but I love how you added to it. Great job!


  2. Wow Erin!!!What a great makeover. Your daughter’s dresser is gorgeous! I’m going to pin it and share it on Facebook!

  3. It’s beautiful Erin, well done. Have always wanted to do this but have never had the nerve!! Maybe you’ve inspired me…. lol xxx

  4. That looks AWESOME Erin!!! I love the color and pattern combos – something I would have never been brave enough to do (or creative enough to envision). But it works together so well.

  5. It looks fantastic. Probably one of the nicest make overs I have seen recently.

  6. I say BIG WIN on your first furniture re-do!! I love the wallpaper…and I think your hubby needs to spend a little time on pinterest, because then he’ll understand that this dresser is absolutely NOT Granny…unless you have a very hip granny 🙂

  7. I’d say that is a pretty awesome job!! Doesn’t even whisper that it’s your first furniture redo! I love the look for a girls room 🙂

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  8. The dresser came out really nice, we totally can’t tell the mistakes you mention, it looks perfect, and I am sure the most rewarding part is that you made it yourself. It’s beautiful!

  9. That is gorgeous! We have an old dresser that I’m hoping to one day re-do. This has given me some fabulous inspiration. 😉

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  10. Oh my goodness! That looks so good! I just LOVE the dresser! I wish I could do it. We have an old dresser from when my hubby was a kid and I could make it super cute for the girls room but too afraid to mess up! Love this re-do!

  11. Well, you would never know that you’re not a pro based on the results from your first go-round. Looks really fantastic! In fact, so fantastic, I’m featuring you this weekend on Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL! : )

  12. Stopping over from 5d5w, super cute dresser!! I love the yellow!

  13. Oh my gosh, this is gorgeous! When I first started blogging last winter I shared about a dresser I redid with wallpaper, I love yours and makes me want to do mine over with lighter and softer colors now 🙂 if you’re interested here’s the link to mine:

  14. Wow ! I love that ! Was the dresser wood ? I ask because I would love to do that do my daughters bedroom set (Nightstand, desk, dresser) Unfortunately, it’s a formica type material – wonder if the wallpaper would stick to it ? Did you cover the wall paper when you were finished with a polyurethane or something ? Thanks – lovely job !

  15. Love this! I am dreaming of dresser like that!

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