This highboy dresser was in pretty bad condition. The old finish was dingy, stained and in desperate need of a makeover. The dresser is for a little boys nursery, so we chose brown, a nice masculine color. We sanded this dresser like crazy before painting it with a few coats of brown paint. We wanted some wood to show through, so after painting it we distressed it a bit. We left the hardware as it was because we liked the contrast it created.
Since we know little boys like to touch, hit, and climb on things we finished it with a coat of paste wax to protect the finish. It should be a piece that he can enjoy for many years to come.
Vintage furniture is a great choice for children’s rooms. Unlike a lot of the stuff you can buy these days it is constructed of solid hardwood. A good piece of furniture, like this highboy dresser, has dovetail joints and wood drawer glides. It’s sturdy and durable and you can find great deals at places like thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. Then paint it yourself, or bring it to us! We’d be happy to do the dirty work for you. Our labor charges for a dresser like this start at $177.
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My mom is a DIY kind of gal. When I was a kid I remember trips to thrift stores, strolling the hardware store isles, and of course spending hours feeling fabric at the yardage shop. She was constantly transforming bargain buys into treasures for our home. With a fresh coat of paint or a new slipcover, she gave old furniture new life. We have always enjoyed being creative together and in 2008 we turned our hobby and passion into a business.
Alchemy fine living is a creative business. We offer furniture painting services, upholstery, and custom slipcovers. We also sell a few hand crafted items on Etsy.
I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom, Connie, taught me from a young age how to spot a deal at a flea market or a thrift shop. She could always spot the hidden potential of an old, worn out piece of furniture. I learned to sew when I was four years old and all through the years I helped my mom with DIY projects around the house.
In 2008 she & I turned our hobby into a business. We re-do old furniture and hand craft items for sale in our Etsy store. For those who, like us, love to DIY we offer lots of tips and advice in our tutorial videos. We also offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services for those who don't want to tackle the project themselves.