Hello, Friends! Last week for Thifty-Thursday, I talked about re-purposing thrifted items like fashion belts and grapevine wreaths. This week’s project features what was once a very, very sad chest of drawers my friend, Rachel, rescued for me for $9.50 at our local Goodwill. In fact, the chest was so sad, her husband laughed when he unloaded it in my driveway. I’m used to that, though. I bought a lamp at Goodwill once that was so ugly, the cashier laughed until she cried. But once I was finished with that little ugly lamp, my mom and brother got into an argument over who would get to take it home. You just have to have patience…and paint.
I knew right away that I wanted to use the chest in our living room as a place to store toys. While I love decorating and spend a lot of time drooling over Pottery Barn catalogs, I want a house that is lived-in and practical. I’m not a “get your feet off the couch” momma and in all honesty, my 18-month-old is more particular about things going in their place than I am. But still, I had grown tired of looking at all of her toys stacked in the Pack n’ Play, which had become the unofficial toy box in our living room.
The makeover process was longer than usual with this piece because I wanted to restore the top of the dresser to its natural wood, which meant standing on a chair for two hours with a power-sander and a scraper to rid the dresser of two layers of the nastiest paint you’ve ever seen. Once I had a bare surface, I stained the top and painted the rest of the dresser ivory. After removing the drawers and tracks, I stained the inside of the dresser to match the top. I decided to keep the bottom drawer for additional storage and recycled wooden knobs from another furniture project that matched the finish on the top of the chest. During the makeover process, I discovered that the top actually opens (it had been painted shut) and that gave me even more storage. I use it to keep extra diapers, clothes and sunblock tucked away. Hey, when you have a toddler you find ways to avoid another trip upstairs if you can. The baskets (which look an awful lot like Pottery Barn’s Savannah baskets if you ask me) were purchased at Wal-mart for between $7 and $10. There were ways I could have cut back on that expense but considering we could not find toy storage that wasn’t bright red, blue and yellow without dropping more than $200, I was happy to drop $80 on baskets knowing the project still came in under $100.
With the toy chest in place, I’ve created a little play nook for Ada. A Diaper Genie is tucked away in the corner and the baskets make toys easy to grab and easier to put awayh. I purchased the galvanized buckets in the paint section and Lowe’s (which I decoupaged with the leftover fabric from our window treatments) and created a place to hang them using stair railing hardware that we installed upside down. The buckets store crayons, markers and flashcards so they are easy for me to grab but out of Ada’s reach. I love how it all came together and I think this gives us practical storage space that’s still pretty. What do you think?
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