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Dresser & Lamp Makeover

Over the next few weeks I’m going to share some projects from my son’s “big boy” room!
His room is nearly complete, and I’m finally ready to start showing it off.
At the end of the month we’ll put all of these projects together for the big reveal!
Previous posts in this series:
When trying to figure out what furniture to use in my son’s new room, we weren’t sure what to do. We had never painted furniture before and most things we owned were a hodgepodge of hand-me-downs.
The dresser above was in the guest bedroom which is now the toddler room. I wasn’t a big fan of all that wood so we decided to go out on a limb and give it a paint makeover. And what a difference some black paint can make!
The top of the dresser is smooth with a different finish than the rest of the wood so it was originally taped off until we figured out how we wanted to paint it. After painting the rest of the dresser and removing the tape from the top, we decided we liked the look of the wood on top of the dresser! It gives it some character!
Something else that helps give the dresser some character: lightly sanding the edges on all of the drawers. I *love* how this turned out! It helps to define the drawers so you’re not just looking at a sea of black.
We kept the same hardware on the dresser and simply gave it a fresh look with some spray paint.
(The dresser was actually repainted last November so I can’t for the life of me remember which spray paint brands and names we used!)
I lucked out and found a great black lamp base and a shade to go with it at Walmart.
It was definitely a lamp that I thought would “grow” with my toddler. But it was a little Plain Jane so I scoured the internet for ideas of something to do to it.
The stripes were inspired by this lamp shade from Pottery Barn.
I really like how the simple stripes dress the lamp up and keep it masculine!
I simply used blue painter’s tape to tape off my stripes and black acrylic paint. Its not a super clean edge, but I kind of like it that way!
All lit up!
I definitely think that this dresser and lamp will be something that will be able to stay in my son’s room through the years. And, who knows, maybe one day it go to college with him! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. He’s almost 3, and I certainly want to keep him little for quite a while longer. 🙂

You can see the entire room reveal here!


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Karisa Kinkade

Thursday 6th of October 2016

The dresser looks stunning! I’ve been wanting to add more dark colors to my home, but I was afraid of how it would turn out. But yours look great! I’m totally remodeling my dresser now. Love the post!


Tuesday 26th of July 2011

Wow--i love the revamp of both the dresser and lamp! Thank you for linking up last week at Sew Woodsy! Please come back tomorrow and link up your most recent project!


Wednesday 20th of July 2011

Great job. You took it from ho hum to wow! Love the lampshade idea.

Kyra @ RACKS and Mooby

Wednesday 20th of July 2011

I really love how the dresser came out. ANd the lampshades are great too! Nice job!

Just Jaime

Monday 18th of July 2011

Looks so sophisticated! Love it!

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