This dresser is from the stone age. It weighs about 1 ton and is indestructible. In its original state it was even uglier than this. It’s solid wood with a veneer top. I painted it black once. My son had it in his room for a few years and decorated it with stickers. Eventually it ended up in the state it’s in now. However, it is sturdy with very few chips and dings – not sure where it was made, but they definitely don’t make’m like this anymore.
It’s in what will soon be the guest bedroom. We’re going to have an out-of-town guest next month, so I have been very motivated to get this room in proper order as soon as possible. I thought I’d start with the dresser.
When I redid the dresser for my daughter she didn’t have a care as to how it looked, she just wanted it white. I had envisioned something with a little more “wow” to it. I’ve been highly unmotivated lately, but I need to get this done. I wanted to get the greatest wow with the least effort.
The white paint job from a few months ago is still good, I decided all this dresser needed was new pulls and perhaps a simple design. I opted for decals rather than hand painting. I just don’t have the time or patience for that this week.
First, I applied the decals. Easy enough.
I then removed the old handles and used wire and beads to make these drawer pulls. This required a quick trip to the craft store (they happened to be having a sale on beads!). I spent about $18.00 on beads. I bought more than enough because I really had no idea what I wanted to do. I ended up with this simple staggered pattern.
I sorted the beads for each pull into little bowls to make for quicker assembly time. I used the screw driver to hold the wire taught while I applied beads.
I will be applying a liner in the drawers to cover up this wire. Maybe a bright yellow felt liner would be a nice surprise.
Well that is this weeks project. I was a little unsure of using wire to make drawer pulls I thought over time the wire would become stretched out, but it is surprisingly strong and sturdy. I used wire from a hard ware store not jewelry wire. Also, this is in a guest bedroom and the dresser will not get a lot of daily use. I’m not sure I would do this on a dresser likely to under go a lot of daily wear and tear. I am happy with the result though:
Have a great week.