by tammy

update your look

This dresser has been following me around for thirty-some years. There’s a picture somewhere of my mother painting it Sunkist Orange. I was in the picture too… large and in her belly.

Twenty years later, I’m visiting my parents and noticed it’s new ‘wooden’ look. Five years after that they moved cross-country. Guess who got the dresser?

Now, I’m the one to give it a new look. Two coats of semi-gloss and new drawer pulls made this old piece come alive.


Before I repainted the dresser, I did a bit of maintenance. With use, I noticed that the bottoms of the drawers would sag under the weight of my clothes, so I reinforced the bottom board in each drawer with hammer and nails.

Then I unscrewed the old knobs, lightly sanded the dresser, rubbed it down with mineral spirits and applied the first layer of paint.

The hardest part.. waiting 12 hours before applying the second coat.


Instead of just painting and replacing the knobs, I decided that a small investment would take the dresser to new heights. My first instinct was antique looking glass knobs.. but the prices were either too high, or the gratification was not immediate, so I decided to open my options.

After rummaging through countless hardware stores, websites and eBay lists, I settled on handcrafted deer antler knobs from an artisan on eBay, $25 for 12. Since I only needed 10 for this project, there’s a lucky two laying around for something else.

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  • Brandybg2222

    Can you provide the URL for the knobs? They’re amazing! Maybe you could adhere them to a randome piece of wood and make a small bag/coat hanger to match ;)

  • http://me.withoutrhyme.com tammy

    There are so many cute ideas that you can do with these knobs. There are actually a variety of different products… I bought mine on eBay over a year ago. I would suggest just doing a search on eBay and see what you come up with. Here is a link to some search results I just did: http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_n...If you have dogs, be careful. It took over a month to teach my little boy NOT to eat the dresser knobs!

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    It’s really an awesome idea. It’s s great to have new looks for your furniture without replacing it. The drawer knobs come in variety of designs which can enhance beauty to your Almirah.

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