Show and Shell

I found this little dresser on Kijiji. It was advertised as free and was only 10 minutes away. I emailed right away after it posted but, when I heard back from the girl, she upped the price to $10. Uh...okay...I told her I'd still come to check it out and if I liked it I would pay the $10.

When I got there it turned out to be a girl from my mom group. I haven't actually talked to her much but I still felt like I had to buy it since I knew her.

It wasn't in too bad of shape, there's a chunk missing from the corner of one the drawers but that just adds character, right? The knobs had to go, they didn't match and there was one missing. I still had 6 oversized wooden knobs from the ReStore waiting for a 3 drawer dresser.

It didn't need much in terms of preparation so I quickly got to painting. It got a couple coats of the same off-white that I've been working with for a few dressers. That gallon has been lasting forever!

Then it sat...and sat....and sat. I was waiting for inspiration. It was almost exactly the same as the antique dresser I did but it didn't have a mirror.

I realized it's the perfect height for a change table so I went with that idea. I tried to make it bright, fun and gender neutral, I really like the way the colours turned out!

Party on, Wayne

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  1. Yummy!!!! Love those blues you used. Definitely worth the $10 :)

  2. oh my gosh- i LOVE it, cathy! this has to be my favorite so far. you just keep outdoing yourself. i wish i had a nother nursery to decorate so i could buy it! but that would mean another baby, and i don't really wish for one of those right now. ;)

  3. Your work is impeccable. You have great instincts about how a piece should be finished. Great addition to any nursery!

  4. Very nice Cathy, the turtles are super adorable!


  5. Super cute transformation!!!! Great buy for $10. :)

  6. Oh gosh! How cute is that!?! It's absolutely adorable! You did such a great job transforming that dresser!

  7. I absolutely love this dresser. You did a fantastic job. Great colors and sooo cute!

  8. I like it too! Not your ordinary dresser! Very cute!

  9. That is the cutest idea! If your selling it, I'm sure it will go quick!

  10. Sooooo sweet~! I am a sucker for vintage furniture on casters. And that chunk of missing wood wouldn't bother me one bit.

    Please stop by, we're giving away a super Roxy girl's bedding ensemble--$100. value.

    Jane T. visiting from frugal friday

  11. so who ups from free to charging? That is just weird. Having said that, I like what you did with it. so cute.

  12. I love these! Makes me wish I still had my old school dressers! ;)
    I also wanted to let you know that I gave you an award on my blog:
    Have a great day! :)

  13. I love this transformation. The turtles and numbers are perfect! Great job.

    By the way, thanks so much for stopping by Billie Monster. :O)

    ~ ~

  14. you already know how i feel about this dresser, but i wanted ot say thanks, too, for linking to my party!

  15. Ack! Those little turtles are oh so cute! Thanks for sharing.