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August 29, 2013

DIY Herringbone Dresser

We recently decided to mount our TV on our fireplace, and while Jesse works on that situation, I decided to have a little fun with the thrift store dresser that we've been using as our media console for the past two years.

Using just a little bit of paint and some painter's tape, I created my own little version of a herringbone dresser.

In case you never saw the original makeover of this dresser, here's a little back story. Two years ago, I found this at a thrift store for $20.

It was broken in just about every way possible, and was missing all of its hardware. And as a bonus, a little boy (apparently named Kevin) had carved his name into it about 10 times.
Thanks, Kevin.

It was one of the worst pieces of furniture I had ever brought home, but for some reason I was not deterred. So, I spent a lot of time sanding, priming, painting, and stenciling it, and ultimately I created a pretty decent media console. It was nothing special, but it did the job for nearly 2 years.
(See the original makeover 

 This time around, I decided to do something a little different. First things first, I had to touch it up because my aggressive vacuuming skills had really done a number on this poor thing. So, I painted the entire thing a really light shade of blue. 

Once the entire dresser was painted a light blue, I created the herringbone pattern with tape.

What you'll need:
paintbrush or small roller

I took the drawers out of the dresser and stacked them up next to each other on the floor in the correct order. Then, I created the below pattern with my tape. This took a little time and some trial and error, but really wasn't difficult at all. I just used 2 long vertical pieces and a bunch of short pieces in the center. I used a utility knife to cut the tape when it overlapped over two different drawers, and just wrapped the ends of the tape over the edge of the drawer. 

Once the tape was arranged in the herringbone pattern, I ran my finger along all of the edges to make sure the tape was firmly in place. Then, I painted over the tape with my paint. I decided to create an ombre effect by dipping my paintbrush in some white paint and lightening up the paint towards the top. 

While the paint was still wet, I removed all of the tape.
I don't know why, but this part of the project is always the most fun.

I let that part completely dry, and then I created the last part. I wanted a small line on the outside of the pattern in a lighter color, so I taped that up separately.

And last, but not least, I reattached my hardware after spray painting it gold.

And that's how I made my herringbone dresser!
Take that, Kevin. 

 I have no idea where this little creation is going in my house yet. For now, I just styled it up to take a few pretty pictures so that I could share it with you. 
So, don't worry. The rock wall mirror will be returned to its rightful home soon enough. :)

And that's all for today, sweet friends. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    1. HA!! Ashton, that seriously cracked me up. Oh, Kevin. :)

  2. That looks amazing! You did such a great job!

  3. This absolutely gorgeous and looks very high end! Great job!

  4. You are fabulous. This is beautiful. Kevin doesn't even know what he's missing.

    1. YOU are fabulous. Thank you. And no, no he doesn't. Virginia: 1, Kevin: 0.

  5. Couldn't you just see Kevin with this now? :) Beautiful!!


  6. SWOONY SWOON SWOON!!!! LOVE this!!! love love love this!

    1. Thanks so much Cassie! You sure know how to make a gal feel special! :)

  7. You. Are. Brilliant. That is all.

  8. LOVE IT! I love that I'm not the only one who randomly paints dressers and such without even knowing what I want it to be when it grows up! :)

    1. HA! Totally! I love it. Sometimes I feel like it works out better that way. Of course, sometimes I totally ruin stuff that way, too! :)

  9. If it looked like that all along, Kevin never would have messed with it :)

    LOVE this! You are so talented and creative - I never would have thought of that myself.

    1. NO, he wouldn't have! :) Thanks Holly! You are so sweet!

  10. When I saw this adorable dresser, I was all like, "Hey wait, isn't that the mirror from your awesome entry way!?"
    And it was!
    Love this--especially the color you choose--very striking! :)

  11. Super cute! Love your styling!


  12. Looks amazing!!!
    I may have to search my house for a place to recreate this. Too cute to pass up!
    -Karis (

  13. I LOVE THIS!!!
    I just HAVE to find a way to re-create it.
    Thank you for the great idea. Too fun!!

  14. Hi Virginia! I love everything about your dresser redo. You are so, so talented! I'm jealous... haha.

    I want to let you know that I've featured your dresser makeover at my Finding Friday: My Favorite Finds post here: Hope you have a chance to swing by, take a look, and grab my featured button!


  15. I Would love to feature your dresser, please let me know if this would be ok, love it!

  16. Virginia, I absolutely love your site and you have really inspired me to get going on some furniture projects! I have some hardware that I was wanting to spray paint gold and was wondering what you usually use? Thanks!


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