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Dresser & Nightstand Makeover

February 24, 2012

As mentioned earlier in the week, I have been working on updating the decor in our master bedroom. I’ve gotten pretty far and now I’m done giving our old dresser and nightstands a little makeover.

I have never even attempted to paint furniture before but now I want to go flea market shopping and buy furniture, just to paint it…

So what do you guys think?



I sanded the top of the dresser and taped the edges with my complimentary samples of 3M ScotchBlue™ painter’s tape. Then used Kilz 2® Latex Multi-Purpose Stainblocker and Glidden® Interior Low Odor Mate White paint. Lastly, I used Minwax® Water-Based Polycrylic Protective finish in a Clear Semi-Gloss. I followed these steps for the tops of the nightstands as well.

The main reason behind the idea for painting a decorative design around the hardware was to cover up the holes of the old drawer pulls. You are probably wondering why I didn’t just buy new hardware that would fit right? Well lucky me owns a dresser and nightstands with a super odd size drawer pull. My only options were to leave the hardware (yuck) or fill in the holes and re-drill new ones to fit more universal-sized hardware. I chose the latter. The one thing I may change is use crystal knobs on all of the drawer fronts rather than pulls. Which would mean more drillin’ and fillin’. Maybe next week…

To create the design on the front of the drawers, I measured super straight lines and marked with a pencil then used my painter’s tape again. Then to create the decorative corner, I used a circle shape and traced a section of it on the corner. For painting, I followed the same steps as for the tops of the dresser and nightstands.


Yes, you have a good eye! That IS the Anthropologie Celestial Coaster that I featured in my 10 Lovely Valentine’s Day Gifts post. I was there a couple weeks ago and couldn’t resist. Can’t mess up the paint with a water glass ring.

If you are looking to update the front of your dressers or any furniture for that matter, check out O′verlays. They are a great way to add decorative designs to blah pieces. I can’t wait to order and try them myself. One of my blogger idols, Kate of Centsational Girl, just featured a great giveaway opportunity and discount code for them!



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Painted Recipe Box

February 17, 2012

Now that I’m consistently baking and trying not to poison my family with dinners, I found  it to be a pain to drag our iPad or laptop over to the kitchen for recipe ingredients and instructions. We all know I have a slight obsession with boxes… I made another just for my recipes.


– Craft box (I found this one at Michael’s)
– Painter’s tape (3M ScotchBlue™ painter’s tape works great and they were lovely enough to send complimentary samples)
– Spray paint
– Acrylic paint
– Medium and small paint brushes
– Acrylic spray
– Patterned paper
– Printed recipes sized for your box
– Glue, scissors, tape measure, pencil and screwdriver

How to:

Step 1

Remove all hardware. Apply painter’s tape to create straight lines and to avoid getting spray paint on places you don’t want to.

Step 2

Spray paint your color of choice. I used Krylon Primer in white. Once dry, remove painter’s tape.

Step 3

Paint remaining sections of the box. I chose a pretty Robin’s Egg blue and a metallic gold color.

Step 4

Choose patterned paper that will be used as the backing for your cut out recipes. Measure the inside of the box and cut the size appropriately. For this specific box, I cut 5″x2.75″ sized rectangles. Type, print and cut out your favorite recipes then glue to the patterned paper.

Step 5

I wrote out “Recipe Box” in pencil before painting then went over it in this deep pink called “Razzle Berry”. Once dried, I used an acrylic finishing spray by Mod Podge to give it that extra shine. Replace hardware.


How do you like to store your recipes?