This might just be our favorite Dumpster Dive yet! We now have storage galore, we love how the dresser and hutch look in the bedroom, and this project was a great reminder to live in the world of possibility.
If you remember from our post a few weeks ago, Gwyneth’s persistance is what convinced me to haul this monstrosity upstairs. The words “BROKEN!” scrawled onto the dresser in Sharpie, the countless scratches on the particle board and the terrible fake frosted glass plastic panels seemed like three good reasons to pass on this piece. That we had zero floor space for another piece of furniture seemed like an even better one.
How would you like to have this sitting in your entryway?
Gwyneth reminded me that when you’re short on square footage, you can always go vertical. It must be all the Nate Berkus Show reruns she watches while I’m at work. And when she suggested joining the Dumpster Dive Dresser with the bookcase in the bedroom to free up closet space, I stopped questioning her judgement and started ordering supplies.
Here’s how we used paintable wallpaper (and our bookcase) to turn the Dumpster Dive Dresser into our new storage hutch.
After we took off the drawers (and took them apart for what was an easy repair), we covered the body of the dresser with York Wallcoverings paintable wallpaper.
Gwyneth was a fantastic supervisor.
Then we removed the terrible plastic panels and covered each of the drawer frames with the wallpaper.
Next, we gave the dresser and the drawer frames two coats of paint, using Behr’s Studio Taupe. If you haven’t used paintable wallpaper before, it drinks paint like nobody’s business. (We used a full quart on this project.)
The wallpaper and paint marathon continued as we got to work on the drawer panels and our existing bookcase.
As I reassembled all the pieces, Gwyneth gave me her best “I told you so” look.
Our last step was to replace the original pulls with these from Martha Stewart’s line for Home Depot.
At last, our makeover was complete!
And now we are officially out of room. Until we find something else amazing on the street.
mk & Gwynnie