Tuesday, August 16, 2011

DIY: White Retro Drawers...

This is my very first attempt at a DIY and I must say it actually turned out really well...apparently I don't believe in starting out small, because I went straight from never doing any kind of furniture restoration to doing the biggest, most heaviest piece of wood you can imagine (seriously this thing weights a TON!)...but I guess it's good to just jump straight into the deep-end sometimes, right? And as I said, this time it seemed to work...so this is the story behind this particular piece: a few months ago before we moved into our new house, I came across this junky drawer set which someone had discarded on the street corner ("one woman's garbage is..." you know all the rest)...anyway, much to my husband's horror, I saw the potential and luckily for me a friend with a truck happened to be staying with us during this time as well...so we heaved the beast onto the truck, and lugged it up 8 floors up to our apartment (okay there may have been an elevator involved but still...) and it sat in our over-cramped living room for a good 4 months completely untouched...but once we moved to our new place, we had a garage where I was able to sand it down, give it a fresh coat (or 5) of paint and now it sits pretty in our kitchen...check it out...
...I saw the potential, and I am sure glad I did...

...volia, after some (intense) elbow-grease, a lot of sanding and even more painting, it looks fresh and new in our kitchen...
Not only did it suit our new place completely, but it also acts as an amazing storage place for all my random stuff that our kitchen didn't have the cupboard space for (tea cups, tea towels, recipe magazines, bill receipts etc.)...can't wait for the next new project...stay tuned...
Love K

17 comments:

Pop Champagne said...

this is freakin amazing kat! it looks brand new you did a great job!

Kat said...

Wow, what a world of difference the sanding and painting made! You did an amazing job, and the white really pops against the wallprint. I restored beloved dresser of mine and it serves the exact same purpose in our kitchen too!

Linh @ La-La Linh said...

You did an amazing job!!! Looks wonderful.
-Linh

Heather said...

WOW they look amazing!!! It's so cool what sanding and white paint can do lol. Fantastic job they look so modern!

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Megan said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I SO want to do this soon!! My dresser could use an update :)

Courtney Erin said...

Holy crap, that looks amazing!

xoxo ~ Courtney
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P.S. Great blog.

Teresa said...

amazing work!!!!!!!!!!!!! it looks way better white! cute and difficult, right?

xx
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fashion and frank said...

That is seriously very impressive - thanks so much for your comment x

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Cacy said...

Amazing job :)
I like it :P

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Kimberly said...

Hey !
Those Drawers look great before and after, especially after :)
I'm really into Retro furniture

Xoxo

The Odd and Chic said...

OMG - LOVE this!!!!!!! You did a fantastic job!

Following your blog, glad I came across it! Stop by soon :-)

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xxx

Plami said...

You did a great job! The drawers look amazing!


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Erika said...

wow u r indeed amazing and talented!!!!!!!!! Look at the end product!!!!! IT'S AMAZING!!! gorgeous :)

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Justyna said...

you got the purtiest house on the blog, and that's a darn fact1

Kel said...

Wow what a face lift!!


Lots of love from Sydney,

x Kel

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Jen said...

AMAZING! I LOVE IT. it looks super expensive. I did this with a 6 drawer piece for my bedroom from a $40 craigslist find. Super heavy too, I think it's b/c it is actually made of real wood, not like pieces now adays.
You are so talented!

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Rebecca Jane said...

It looks AMAZING. Seriously. I have been wanting to do this kind of project for ages but my lack of a car has prevented it thus far.

SUPER job.

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