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Thursday, 21 March 2013

A few years ago, when I started re-doing furniture, there were only a few blogs I read. They were my inspiration and Kirsten at White Butterfly Furniture was one of them. I loved every piece she did and she seemed so real. Oh and she had 3 boys at the time...like me. She now has 4 boys and she makes it look easy!

Long story short, Kirsten recently moved about 20 min from me! I finally met her in person when we were all sweaty at the gym. We hugged and it was instant friendship!

Last week, my husband and I decided that our 7 year old and 5.5 year old couldn't room together anymore...for various reasons, but mainly because waking up at 5:45 am and giggling until 7:00am was becoming the norm. Not ok. That and the semi-nude wrestling that ensued when getting dressed in the morning. Moms of boys, can I get a "holla!"? Are my boys the only ones? If so, I don't want to know.

So we moved Mr. C (almost 6), to our guest room. We never use it anyway...but it was very girly. I emptied it out and we started fresh...but I needed a dresser.

Now, am I the only one who feels like thrift shops and Craigslist have become overrun with people who want to paint furniture? I mean, I love that people want to do this, but it is making it difficult to find decent pieces for cheap.

I emailed a few people, Kirsten being one of them, to be on the lookout for a dresser during their thrifting adventures.

She wrote me back and said she had one in her garage...turns out it was the perfect size!


This was after I jimmied the drawers out..they were STUCK. And one drawer was in pieces. I decided that I didn't even want to bother with fixing it...baskets were going to be used in place of a drawer.

I have a barn door headboard that I'm working on, so I wanted the dresser to have a "rustic boy vibe"...if there is such a thing.

After trying red, dark mustard and a medium blue (all of these colors remain under the final color...stripping is my least favorite and we're keeping this), I ended up with this:

Rustic top and drawers..waxed and buffed.

Baskets from Home Goods. Love.

My kid loves it and he's loving having his own space. Stay tuned for the headboard. It's going to be awesome!

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