61. Before and After: Vintage Dressers

So…yeah.  I’ve been really terrible at keeping up with this blog lately.  I blame the nice weather!  And going to the gym.  Both fabulous excuses, if you ask me.

Here’s the next post in my furniture series: a lovely makeover involving a set of vintage dressers.  Vintage Kroehler dressers!  That I found on Craigslist for $65.  (You know I’m patting myself on the back over here…)

Here’s what they looked like when we first got them home.

vintage dressers

vintage dressers

vintage dressers
I sanded them and gave them a couple of coats of Behr Popped Corn, which is a nice “warm” white.  I also gave them a bit of distressing with a sanding block and a cheese knife shaped like a miniature meat cleaver.  My tools known no bounds.

Don’t they look perty?

vintage dressers

vintage dressers
I’d eventually like to switch out the hardware to something a little more modern, but they work for now.  Drawer pulls are expensive, and mama’s gots bills ta pay!

Happy Monday, fools.

XO,
Gabriella

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32. Sneak peak at our upholstered platform bed!

I’ve talked about it so much I’m sure you’re probably sick of it, but the majority of our upholstered bed is finished!  It’s the knockoff version of Restoration Hardware’s Alder Tufted Platform Bed.

Adler Tufted Platform 56" Bed (Restoration Hardware)

Adler Tufted Platform 56″ Bed (Restoration Hardware)

Their model is 56″ tall and cost $2595…before shipping.  Yikes.  Ours will come out to 60″ tall, and if I’ve done my math correctly…$226.97!

That’s right, we built a similar bed for about 8% of the cost!  My original budget was $250; obviously I am super proud of myself for keeping things under my spending limit!

I finished the main part of the headboard last night, which definitely turned out to be the most labor-intensive part of the project.  My hands and fingers are still sore today!

Brace yourself for some awesomeness…

TADA!

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The only thing I think I want to fix is the top…I’m not loving how tight I pulled the fabric.  I’d rather it be a more flat edge instead of scalloped.  Anyway, it’s by no means perfect, but I think this headboard came out AMAZING considering I’ve never done any tufting in my life.

I am patting myself on the back as we speak.

I can’t wait to show you the final product once we get everything assembled!!!

XO,
Gabriella

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3. And here I thought I was Mrs. Fixit…

I had a long day at work yesterday and did not get home until after 9:00.  I set my things down, took off my shoes, and then proceeded to find this:

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Yep, the shelf I so painstakingly hung in my closet in order to create a home for all my clothes completely came out of the wall.  I needed this shelf.  Before I installed it, there was only one long pole across the top of my closet, hanging much too high for me to actually use (I’m only 5’1″, most things are too high).  I went to Home Depot, bought some shelving and the hanging kits, and followed the installation directions to a T.  I even busted out my level and drill.  I blame it on the 100-year-old walls.

I took everything out this morning before leaving for work.  Note the terrible carnage to the wall and my awesome shoe collection.

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I’m not really sure what I should do next.  Should I reinstall the shelf and risk further calamity?  Do I try a different type of shelf?  Do I give up and just throw my clothes on the floor? I’m really dreading the solution.

I’m just waiting for the moment that the OTHER shelves I installed (i.e. the second shelf in my closet and the two I put in Jason’s “closet”) eject themselves from the walls.

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On a brighter note, I’m pretty pleased with the way my distressed dresser is turning out!  Here’s a sneak peek:

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Hoping your closets don’t cave in,

Mrs. Fixit Gabriella

 

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