This past week I sold my old dresser and decided to turn an old bookshelf (that I got for free!) into a barn door dresser. I wanted something unique and rustic and I thought the idea of adding barn doors would be an fun upgrade!
I now have a place for all of my little items to be separated! Lord knows I love to have things organized! I loved the latch for two reasons…I think it looks good AND I can keep the kids out of my things!!! 🙂
Yes I know that the handles and those top beams are uneven…but I’m okay with that! 🙂
I think it makes it look more rustic…errr….I messed up and I didn’t want to fix it so I’m telling myself it’s amazing that way! 🙂
I started by getting some 1×3 beams from Lowe’s (which they cut for me there for free). I laid them all out on the ground on my back patio.
Wood screws (1 1/4) to make it all stay in place, Minwax wood stain (color in Provincial) to get that barn wood color, black hardware to hold the doors on, and some chunky gate pulls (they were silver and I spray painted black).
And then I made my sweet husband help me carry it all the way upstairs so I could set it up!
I love how it turned out! Even with all of the imperfections and mess ups! It was a much simpler project than I had thought it would be and turned out just how I was hoping it would!
BASKETS INSIDE: Target \\ BASKETS ON TOP: Michaels \\HANDLES: Lowes \\WOOD STAIN: Minwax in Provincial
Last year, we had an extremely tough year. Some very unexpected turns in events, most of which were completely out of our control, left us with little sleep, a lot of stress and some very emotional days. This new “hobby” of mine began one day when my heart was heavy and my house felt dark. So, I picked up a can of paint and went to work on my kitchen table. Then, I painted the coffee table, then a dresser and so on and so on…now, the majority of the furniture in my home has been painted! I’ve only got a few pieces left to go.
Furniture restoration has become a pastime, a stress relief, a version of art, and a little bit of a side business. I love to work with chalk paint for the cottage, rustic, soft, worn down look. And distressing is my favorite. Most of the time I purchase pieces that are very inexpensive from places like Goodwill or off of Craigslist. I love to take something that one person thinks is trash and turn it into something another person would consider a treasure.
I am typically so excited to get started on new pieces that I’m absolutely terrible at remembering to take the “before” photo! I’ll try to do better with that! This hutch used to be a very light oak with a ton of kid stickers and scratches on it. One of the drawers was broken and the light didn’t work. I’ve since sold this hutch, but I love how it turned out.
It’s a very, very faint turquoise color with black and dark gray accents. I added the wood backsplash (do you call it that on furniture), for a rustic, custom made look. This piece was listed for only a few days before someone came and bought it. They said it was “perfect” for their dining room. I say mission accomplished. I’ll post tutorials for a “how-to” soon!