Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

There are certain projects that have sat on my to-do list for way too long because I was dreading them. They sit there forever because I think they’re going to take too long, or be too difficult. And then I get to the point where I can’t wait any longer and I think to myself “why didn’t I do this sooner?”. This project is one of those. 

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

We have had this dresser in our guest room since we moved into the house. It was my husband’s dresser pre-marriage. It is a really nice, solid wood dresser. I’ve always wanted to stain it and add some hardware so that it would fit in with the rest of our furniture a bit better. 

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

For some reason, I had it in my head that it was going to be this crazy labor intensive and time consuming project. It really wasn’t that difficult at all. I spread the project out over several days. I would take care of one step, leave it to dry, and then come back a day or two later for the next step. 

I wasn’t sure what type of wood I was working with {I’m now thinking oak, based on the wood grain that showed up when I stained it}, so I used wood conditioner to be sure. Wood conditioners are very important for softer woods. They penetrate the wood to allow the stain to absorb well and evenly. For the stain I used Minwax Polyshades in Mission Oak {satin finish}. I am in deep love with the Polyshades line since it cuts out the need to apply separate coats of poly. 

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

You can see in the above photo what the dresser looked like after a coat of wood conditioner and a coat of stain. I panicked a little bit because the color looked eerily similar to the orangey yellow kitchen cabinets I’m dying to paint. The second coat did the trick though and it ended up being the exact color I was hoping for. 

I wanted the finished dresser to have a sort of vintage library feel – a little card catalog-esque. {Remember libraries?}. The drawers don’t really need hardware. Do you see the line on each drawer? That is basically a built in drawer handle. 

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

Even with the built in handle, I really wanted to find card catalog pulls. I searched high and low and oh my goodness – they are ridiculously expensive! I was not about to spend $50 or more on hardware I didn’t technically need. When I was about to give up, I stumbled upon these drawer pulls from D. Lawless. I’ve seen other bloggers talk about this store before, and I don’t know why I hadn’t checked it out until now. They will now be my go-to store for hardware! They have a great selection and the prices are unbelieveable. 

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

These guys only cost 60 cents {!!!}, instead of the $7-10 a piece like some I’d found. I wanted them to have an aged brass look. I spray painted them with Rustoleum’s antique gold and then used a bit of rub-n-buff on them. 

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover The dresser looks perfect in this eclectic little guest room of ours. It’s the perfect space to display some of our favorite vintage items. :)

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

What to-do list items have you been avoiding? Time to get on that! ;)

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P.S. Please excuse the photos in this post. Our guest room is basically a cave and gets very little natural night. Also, I’m in no way affiliated with D. Lawless. I just think they’re awesome and I’m super happy with my find! 

 

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Succulent Planter and a Little LooK for Less {for you!}

Hi there everyone! I hope your week is going well so far. We’re so close to the weekend! There are a lot of fun things going on here on the blog that I want you to know about! 

First of all, I am so super excited to announce that I am a new contributor at All Things Thrifty. If you haven’t checked this blog out yet, you are missing out! Brooke is so talented! My first post is up today, and I would love for you to hop on over and read! I made a paint dipped succulent planter from a thrift store find :

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Most of you have probably seen the Look for Less Challenge posts around here. Six other bloggers and myself challenge ourselves {about once a quarter} to find a high end look, and well….create it for less money! ;) This time we want you to join in on the fun! 

Look for Less Design Challenge

Next Wednesday {July 23} we will be sharing our Look for Less projects, but we’ll also be including a link party for you to share your latest knock off project! The ladies and I will be voting on the best project linked up…and guess what?? The winner gets a $60 Target gift card! {Holla!}

Look for Less Giftcard Giveaway

 

Get to crafting up those projects and meet us back here on Wednesday, July 23rd. I cannot wait to see all of the amazingness that y’all come up with! 

{Click here to see my past LFL projects, as well as links to all of the girls’ projects!}

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City Sights : Portland, OR

Happy Wednesday! My husband and I just got back from our vacation to the Pacific Northwest. We have been to both coasts in the last couple of weeks and we are feeling it! We love traveling, but we are happy to be home. Home is good. :) Between being on West Coast time and WiFi issues, I am way off on my schedule this week. But as always, I’m happy to be back and blogging! 

One of our vacation stops was Portland, Oregon. Tim and I have both been before, but this was our first visit together. The fun thing about the Portland area is you can experience colorful city life, the mountains, and the ocean….all in one visit! 

CITY SIGHTS  PORTLAND

Here are just a few spots to check out the next time you’re in the Portland area! 

FOOD

Portland has no shortage of great food. One of our favorite places to discover restaurants was Division Street. This is a blossoming area of town full of hip food joints. A favorite of ours was the Sunshine Tavern. We both had the chicken burger and it was the best. Another favorite was Bread & Ink Cafe on Hawthorne Blvd. {recommended by a friend}. We ate there for dinner, but I have heard great things about their breakfast. 

City Sights : Portland, OR .... FOOD

Portland is also known for its food trucks. There are over 500 trucks all over the city, and you can usually find them in groups. I love going the food truck route when you’re with a group of friends — there is something for everyone! 

COFFEE

You cannot visit the Pacific Northwest without drinking your body weight in coffee {technically you can, but it would be very sad}. Forget Starbucks for a few days and check out some of the local shops. Our favorite was Stumptown Coffee. Delish! The atmosphere was great, too! {there are several locations in Portland, as well as some new spots in Seattle, New York and LA. Hurry up to Texas!}. 

City Sights : Portland, OR...COFFEE

Even with the large amount of coffee I consume, there’s no way to hit up all of the great shops in one trip. Here is a list of some of the top coffee spots in Portland

CITY

There is an abundance of things to see and do in the City of Portland. One of the must-do’s is the Saturday Market. You can’t skip this! Not only is it the ultimate people watching experience, you’ll find booth after booth of handmade goods, flowers, and food. There are always several street performers that are sure to keep you entertained.

City Sights : Portland,OR

If you are a book worm like me, you will absolutely fall in love {and maybe have heart palpitations} with Powell’s City of Books. The main store {downtown} is a full city block. That’s 68,000 square feet full of books. HELLO. I would recommend attempting to go at a slower time of day. We went on a Saturday afternoon this last time and it was extremely busy. 

Portland is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country. Can’t carry your bike onto the plane? Never worry! There are plenty of bike rental locations around town. Take a ride across one of Portland’s bridges, or through Forest Park

NATURE

My favorite part of our trip was exploring the nature in Portland and the surrounding area. We took a day to explore as we followed the Historic Columbia River Highway. We followed this route and saw the Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls, and Mt. Hood. The Oregon coast is also a short drive from Portland! You could potentially visit the ocean and mountains in this same trip. :)

City Sights : Portland, OR

That is just the very tip of the Portland iceberg. Ok, Locals! {or Portland-lovers} – what are your favorite things to do in Portland?

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