Someone Else’s House… Making 2 Vintage Dressers a Set!

A young couple that I know, recently bought a crafstman style bungalow in a lovely neighborhood full of similar styled homes all from the 1910’s and 20’s. This is the first of hopefully many posts I’ll be sharing with you of the amazing transformation this house has experienced since this hard-working, talented, creative and all around wonderful couple has purchased it just a few months ago!

1 1 dresser collage

Today I’m starting with a pair of dressers. This pair of dressers, like the young couple that own them, are each from their individual families. The taller dresser, is the husband’s from when he was a boy and before that belonged to his dad from when he was young. Likewise for the other dresser, it was the wife’s from when she was a little girl, but now they’re together.

In the picture you can see the grainy ‘before’ pic… yep, one of the dressers came into this family orange, the other was a white-ish color.

But now that they’re together, it was time to coordinate them. So…

1 2  dresser foot

First the ‘frame’ of the dressers and everything that wasn’t going to be papered was painted, being careful to paint the outside edge of the drawers as well. (This is an important step so that the paper doesn’t come all the way to the outside edge, protecting it to stay nice and flat on the drawer fronts.)

1 3 dresser upclose

Isn’t the wallpaper she selected so pretty? I love the linen texture with the subtle white outline on it.

1 4 dresser side

Each dresser needed to be treated a little differently due to the unique shape of each. His dresser got the wallpaper treatment on the sides as well as the drawer fronts.

1 5 her dresser

Her dresser was wallpapered only on the drawer fronts. Notice how careful the paper pattern is centered and continuous on both the fronts and sides?

1 6 pair of new dressers collage

I don’t know, maybe it’s just because I love this couple so much, but there’s something symbolic to me about how these two dressers came from two completely different furniture sets, and as they joined into this newly formed family, even though unmatched, they are now a coordinated beautiful unit.

Next time, I’ll show you the actual room transformation these lovely dressers are in.

I’m Linking up at these great parties, come and see the fun projects other have…

Posted on February 6, 2013, in Bedroom, DIY - Crafts - Floral, Furniture, Paint Treatments, Re-purposing, Someone Else's House, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Really a beautiful effect with the dark coffee colored base with linen drawers. Would you share the paint color and paint finish that you used? Is it a glossy? How many coats of paint should you give a dresser to cover it well? Thanks for sharing!

    • The paint is a heavy duty latex in a semi-gloss. and it typically would only take 2 coats. The color is from a Hirshfield’s line called Pebble Mosaic. And I agree, she did a wonderful job with the combination, they are so beautiful!

  2. What a great way to unify two separate dressers! And the symbolism is perfect! Did you do the transformation or did they? 😉

  3. Love this transformation! That wallpaper is really pretty. What a clever way to make the dressers a matching set.

  4. What a wonderful transformation..beautiful! Thank you for joining the Open House party.
    xx, Sherry

  5. You wouldn’t happen to know the name or brand of the wallpaper would you? This is exactly what I’ve been searching for!

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