Spray Painted Dresser Makeover

Here’s a cute dresser makeover from Tiffany.

I see dressers like this all the time at yard sales and even at the thrift store for under $50. They are solid wood, very sturdy, and last forever.

If you see one for sale, consider buying it and updating it with a few coats of spray paint.

you can spray paint furniture! Looks great and easy to do.

For Tiffany’s dresser she removed the top piece and the lower drawers. I love this idea because the baskets give it texture underneath and deeper storage.

She used Valspar color radiance flat spray paint and the color was caramel honey. I think yellow is absolutely gorgeous!

This works great in an entry, dining room, or could even be a television stand. You would just need to drill a few holes in the back of the dresser for the cords if you wanted to store your DVD player or cable box in the space at the bottom.

Tiffany did not prime her dresser before she spray painted it, but if your surface is shiny I would recommend lightly sanding and priming if you don’t want it to eventually chip. Tiffany likes the distressed look, so she painted it without priming.

Make sure the furniture is clean and dust free before spray painting and allow the paint to fully dry between coats. I recommend allowing the paint to cure for several days before placing anything on the furniture.

When I lived overseas the only paint available was spray paint, so we used it to paint everything. I was always happy with the spray painted finish. If you haven’t spray painted a piece of furniture before I would try it! It covers well, especially in areas with fine detail, and is quicker than painting with a brush.

I spray painted this mirror for the girl’s bathroom and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I tried chalk paint originally, but it was very hard to get coverage in all the wood detail. I was able to spray paint it in about three minutes.

Finished picture coming soon!

spray painted mirror

I love that Tiffany turned the four drawers she removed from the dresser into shelves! I absolutely love this idea and that she personalized the shelves for a friend!

dresser drawers made into shelves

Tiffany attached her drawers together but there are several other ways you can use dresser drawers as shelving. So, so cute and clever!

I love this idea for a single drawer shelf for storage in the bathroom from Beyond the Picket Fence.

dresser drawer bathroom shelf

These dresser drawers found on Country Living were turned into a bookcase. Remove the hardware allows you to position the shelves in different directions. Lining the drawers with wallpaper or fabric gives it an awesome custom look.

dresser drawer bookcase

Last month I asked for my readers to submit their best makeover and repurposed projects. I was amazed at how many creative and awesome projects you submitted. 

Over the next few months I’ll be sharing some of your amazing DIY projects! If you have a project you’d like featured you can submit it here. We’re giving away a $50 Amazon gift card every month to one reader who submits their own DIY project. 

You can submit your project here! 

 

 


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Dresser to Dress Up DIY Makeover

Dresser to Dress Up DIY Makeover at The Happy Housewife

This absolutely adorable dresser to dress up DIY project was submitted by Alexis. This is such a fun project and can be completed in a weekend.

To create this dress up station remove the top drawers from the dresser. Place a piece of wood over the bottom drawer that remains in the dresser and screw/ nail it to the rails on each side so it is secure.

Secure a pole across the top for hanging clothes and attach hooks on the sides for accessories.

I love the fun pink color Alexis used and paper lining the back of the dresser. This is great if you have a piece that isn’t in the best condition because the paper will hide a lot. I would use a Mod Podge to attach any paper or fabric to the surfaces.

This would look so cute in a play room or little girl’s room. You could also paint it to coordinate with a living area in your home. The possibilities are endless!

Last month I asked for my readers to submit their best makeover and repurposed projects. I was amazed at how many creative and awesome projects you submitted. 

Over the next few months I’ll be sharing some of your amazing DIY projects! If you have a project you’d like featured you can submit it here. We’re giving away a $50 Amazon gift card every month to one reader who submits their own DIY project. 

You can submit your project here! 

 


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Low Cost Child Safeguarding Tips for Your Home

This summer I teamed up with Safety 1st, whose products I’ve been using for years to help create safe spaces in my home for my kids, to give a very special gift to one of our military heroes.

We headed to South Carolina, for a Designing Spaces Military Makeover for the Lunt family.

When Stephen Lunt was deployed to Afghanistan, he was forced to fight an insurgent in hand-to-hand combat. During the fight, the insurgent took a pickaxe to Stephen’s head which caused a great amount of internal damage, resulted in multiple surgeries and the removal of parts of his brain, and a long and painful recovery.

Through Operation Homefront the Lunt family was provided a beautiful townhome and the team from Designing Spaces gave it an amazing makeover. 

I love all makeover shows and it was fun and exciting to be in the middle of a real life, less than a week home makeover.

Ashley and Stephen have a baby boy, and Safety 1st wanted make sure he had plenty of safe spaces in their newly remodeled townhouse. We spent a hot summer day helping install safety gates, magnetic cabinet locks, corner guards and more.

After seven kids you would think I knew everything about creating safe spaces, but spending a few days with the Safety 1st team taught me a ton!

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The most important thing I learned from this trip, nothing can replace parental supervision. Child safety devices are awesome and they make our job as parents so much easier, but keeping an eye on your kids works best, every single time.    

Thankfully my friends at Safety 1st have tons of great products and tips to help mitigate potential hazards in your home. I’m excited to share some of the things I learned with you.

No Cost/ Low Cost Ways to Safeguard Your Home

Store harmful cleaners and chemicals out of your child’s reach.

Cleaners stored under the kitchen or laundry room sink might be easy to reach for you, but they are also easy to reach for your kids. Store them up high in a locked cabinet or closet that is inaccessible to your child. 

Cost: Free! 

Remove things like towels, dish rags, or potholders from the oven handle.

This is one I was doing for years, it is convenient to wipe your hands on a towel but a child could grab the child and accidentally open the oven. 

Cost: Free! 

Front oven lock: Under $5

Store sharp objects out of reach.

Does anyone keep their blender or food processor in a lower cabinet? I know I did! Certain kitchen tools have very sharp blades and can injure your child.

safety_makeover

Store sharp objects up high and out of reach. Let the kids play with the plastic containers, you’ve probably already lost the lids anyway!

Cost: $0

Wires and electrical outlets should be covered or hidden.

Tuck cords and wires out of reach in living areas and bedrooms. Depending on your furniture you can keep wires out of site or use a wire hider or cord shortener to keep the in view cords safely away from curious fingers.

Cost: $0-$5

Secure furniture to the wall. 

As you know, I don’t buy a lot of new furniture, but when I do, many of the pieces come with a furniture wall mount. This is critical in a house with small children.

If you don’t have furniture mounts you can purchase furniture wall straps which attach securely to a stud in your wall and keep your furniture from tipping.

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Kids are curious and they will climb on furniture! Take appropriate precautions to keep them safe! 

Cost: Under $5 

Keep kids in child friendly areas. 

If you have an extra curious toddler there is really no substitute for supervised safe spaces. You can use gates, high door latches, and door knob covers to keep them in a child friendly area.

Children do not need to be left alone in places like bathrooms, garages, and kitchens which are a filled with potential hazards. 

Safety gates are available for under $50 and are a great investment. My gates lasted for years and we are still using them to keep the dog out of certain areas of the house.

The nice thing about gates, door knob covers, and outlet covers is that they are portable, so if you are traveling this month you can take them with you and create safe spaces no matter where you go.

Cost: Under $50

As you can see, creating safe spaces for your children is really about looking at the house from their perspective. This might mean crawling around on your hands and knees to find potential dangers that could otherwise go unnoticed.

You can also watch the awesome Military Makeover that was done for the Lunt family and see their reaction to the big reveal!

 


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Organizing with Binders: Clean Home, Fresh Start

Over the years I have tried many ways to control my paper clutter. I discovered that the binder system works best for organizing important files and documents in my home.

organizing with binders

I like binders for several reasons:

  • Portable: If you have ever moved file folders and the movers don’t pack them correctly (meaning right side up) you have a big mess when you unpack them at your next location.
  • Flexible: I have stored binders on shelves, in cabinets, and in drawers.
  • Cheap: Binders are a dime a dozen at yard sales, and even if you buy them new they aren’t very expensive.
  • Easy to use: For me, binders make it easy to file and keep track of papers. I can’t stand “flipping” through file folders with my head bent down over the file cabinet trying to locate an important paper.

Items needed for a using binders to organize your paperwork:

Extra items:

Page dividers

page dividers
Page Protectors

Pencil Pouch

binder

Currently my binders are stored in a drawer in the office. I have a To Do folder that is kept in a convenient place for immediate filing.  Once a week (or sometimes once a month) I take the papers out of the folder and organize them in the binders.

binder organization

I use the page protectors to hold documents are more important and can’t have holes. I use the pencil bags to store small items like envelopes, used checkbooks, store cards, and receipts.

I printed labels on white paper for the spine of each binder, so I can easily see which one I need. I have binders for:

  • Investments
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Homeschool Records
  • Medical Records
  • Car Records
  • Household Records

binder organization

About every six months I go through my binder and shred unneeded documents.

I love my binder system. For me it is so much easier than digging through file folders to find paperwork. For the first time in my life, we have moved and I have not opened up a box of disorganized papers on the other end.

What filing system works for you?

 


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