Adding A Secondhand Dresser & A Moose Lamp

A dove and a moose walk into a bar. Just kidding, not a bar. That’s not kid-room appropriate. How about a dove and a moose walk onto a playground? Anyway, I’ll just cut to the chase. We finally found a dresser for Clara’s big girl room, complete with dovetailed joints! Hence the mention of a dove (ah, they don’t make ’em like they used to).

We wanted one for the playroom/ big girl room for Clara once she moves in there (so that eventual-second-child can use Clara’s original dresser since it works so well as a changing table in the nursery). And that way we’re not undoing one room to redo another room, which always feels counter productive. Plus nine more drawers worth of storage in our house = jackpot. Especially when it’s taking the place of an old room full of clutter, which used to be what this space was.

It was a pretty great secondhand score thanks to Sir Craig And His List (craigslist for those not down with my dorktastic lingo). For just $50 we’re the proud owners of this nine drawer dresser. As for how we found it, we just searched “dresser” on craigslist in our area a few times a week (maybe once a week if I forgot) for about a month and then finally this guy came up:

Our only real requirements were something from a non-smoking household (that’s a hard scent to remove), something with at least six drawers like Clara’s nursery dresser which has worked out so well for us (nine is a total bonus!), and something long as opposed to tall (since we figure as she grows she can reach these drawers and get dressed herself more easily than she would with a tallboy since she might not be able to reach all those upper drawers).

After we got it into the room, we tried the daybed and the dresser on a few different walls and preferred the dresser right to the left of the door as you enter the room (it’s a lot shallower than the daybed, which sticks into the room quite a bit, so we liked that on the back wall with the dresser across from it).

And here’s the other side of the room to help you get your bearings:

Oh but our new dresser’s not in perfect condition…

… so we’re planning to either refinish it or paint it depending on how the room evolves around it. We don’t want to rush into anything so it’s easiest to do what we call sticking & moving. We drop it in place in the room and just keep on adding other elements that we need in here (a rug, window treatments, art, a new light fixture, etc) and we’re sure at some point it’ll become a lot more clear if we want to refinish it in a deep wood tone, paint it a moody navy, or go snowy white with it. Who knows, we might end up somewhere else entirely! No matter what we decide, you know we’ll keep you posted!

But where does the moose come in? Remember the estate sale light that I sprayed ceramic-animal-white back here? Boom, moose.

I promised you guys a shot of him with his final lampshade on, so there you have it. Remember the fabric-covered shade was a book project (#182) so we couldn’t share it until the book was out but now that it’s out, I’m all about it. We used fabric leftover from Clara’s monthly picture to recover a shade that we already had, and I actually used the back side of the fabric (I’m a huge fan of using a fabric backwards to mute it down a little).

So now you’ve basically seen one wall of the room starting to come together. Can’t wait to hang something over the dresser. Hint: it’s not going to be frames or “traditional” art. We’ll share pics as soon as we have it done! Hopefully Wednesday (we’re on a plane all day today coming back from the West Coast, but we have a giant to-do list that we hope to tackle tomorrow and then shoot and share things as soon as we can).

Oh and you’ve already seen the daybed on the other side of the room, but just for fun I thought I’d toss this picture in here too so you can see how the upholstered lamp shade “plays” with the pillows and blanket. It’s looking pretty happy in there. And I can’t wait to add some other colors like navy and teal and yellow. Soon I hope!

In the meantime, who’s the cutest fake sleeper you know? Does her name start with a C and end with a lara?

What are you guys searching/eying/buying on craigslist? Any other furniture sources that you love? Do you know any dove/moose related jokes? Did any of you guys go thrifting this weekend for the ol’ Macklemore Challenge? Thanks so much for all the fun we had with that on Friday. Can’t wait to see what you guys scored!


    • Kerrie says

      I am so glad the superlatives came out, so that I could come back to this. I want there to be something about antlers (i.e. the dove responds “antler you so kind”… I am so bad at these things, but love the concept.

      I was actually coming back to comment that the dresser could one day look really cool in the ombre styling like the dresser in your room, but all white except pink doors. Maybe it has too many doors or there is already too much color in the room, but I still like the idea! :)

  1. Melanie says

    I’ve been searching for baby chicks and some supplies for them on craigslist. I just got a load of firewood off craigslist yesterday.
    BTW, I wanted to tell you how much I loved the thrift shop video. I hadn’t heard the song and we’ve been rocking out to it all weekend!

  2. Kara says

    I attempted to do the Macklemore challenge this weekend, but everything was expensive! But there’s always a silver lining in everything: I’ve discovered a local indie thrift store! I’ll have to go check out the regular chain thrift stores this week, time’s running out!

  3. says

    An early post! I love the dresser, I even think it’ll look good painted. Although, I do agree with waiting to see how the room evolves. No matter what, you two usually make a good decision lol.

    I just bought a Crate & Barrel metal/glass coffee table off of CL a weekend or two ago. I wanted it because I can spray paint the currently black metal frame. Funny thing is I too am waiting to do it so I can be sure of what color I want it to be. Also, I noticed the other day it’s the same exact coffee table you guys had in your first house! The irony :)

    Someday I hope to get the before/after pics of my house posted on the inter-webs.. If only there was more time in a day!

  4. Melanie says

    I’ve been searching for baby chicks and some supplies for them on craigslist. I just got a load of firewood off CL yesterday.
    BTW, I wanted to tell you how much I loved the thrift shop video. I hadn’t heard the song and we’ve been rocking out to it all weekend!

  5. says

    Paint it navy! I vote navy!

    I have a question for you: when searching for the dresser, did you give much consideration to the furniture you already had in the room (ie. geometric daybed and mid-centry-funky kid’s chairs)? I know you’ll make them all mesh in the end (heck, they’re already meshing now), but did you have any particular aesthetics in mind?

  6. says

    That dresser is PERFECT! I love the feminine lines, and cannot wait to see how the room evolves and if you refinish it or paint it. Clara is such a lucky lady. She will be able to stash whatever she wants in NINE drawers!

  7. says

    A leeetle sick with jealousy over your awesome craigslist vintage dresser finds! I’ve been searching for a vintage six or nine drawer dresser FOREVER without luck (they are all ridiculously expensive or badly redone or just…awful).

    It’s a great dresser which should grow up with her nicely.

  8. says

    I’ve been searching Kijiji (more people in my area use this than Craigslist) for a rug. Our poor dog slides all over our laminate floors. Hoping to find one soon!

  9. Andrea says


    Can you tell me the manufacturer/name of the blanket? I love it and would like to find something like it.


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