When Michelle sent over her fab furniture makeover we had to share her mouthwatering before and after pics. Here’s her letter:
About a month ago I found your site by accident and completely fell in love with it! You’ve even inspired me to start my own blog! I could go on and on but I don’t wanna waste your precious time cuz you guys are busy little bees. I just wanted to show you a piece of eye candy that I re-designed! I bought this dresser off of craigslist.org for only $20! Then I painted it white, slapped some new hardware on it and replaced those bar looking things on the doors with glass. Isn’t it amazing what a little updating can do? Hope you love it as much as I do! -Michelle
Here’s Michelle’s hutch straight from craigslist:
And here’s the same piece after a bit of primer and paint (click here for a full furniture painting tutorial):
Isn’t that amazing? Thanks so much for sending your photos our way Michelle! What do you guys think? Didn’t she do a fantastic job? Paint never ceases to amaze us- and we love that she added those panes of glass to open everything up. It’s like a whole new piece that could easily be sold at Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel for at least 1k. Love it, love it, love it.
Wow- that looks great!
Awesome! What a great makeover!
Kristin @ Domestic Ease says
How fun!!! Thanks for sharing–and enjoy your holiday!
CONGRATS on the baby!!!
Meg Lyttle says
Wow, that is awesome!! Good job. It’s amazing what a little paint and vision can do. :)
Great! But I liked the original hardware better… I hope they saved it for a future project!
Wow, it looks so much better! Great job, Michelle!!
dee-LISH! That is so beautiful!!! Great job, Michelle!
WOW! I love it!
That really is an amazing piece!
Wow. That thing was ugly.
The new fixtures are great.
Holy cow! That thing was HIDEOUS, and now it is GORGEOUS!! I totally envy people who can see something like that and look past what it is to what it can be. Great job Michelle!
Jill Stigs says
Ah….mazing! I would have not seen the potential on that one. Great job…….thanks for sharing.
Gorgeous! Love the new hardware. Great job Michelle!
Lisa in Seattle says
Neato mosquito! I love the new fixtures – they give it a unique contemporary vibe that you don’t usually get from hutches. The wood detailing on the lower half looks super in white. I will check out your blog for more info – curious to see how it fits in with the rest of your decor, etc.!
i think it looks a ton better!! good job :) one thing though…I think if there was a way to remove that whatever-it-is inside under the shelf…looks like a drawer? I think it would look better. but as it is still an amazing transformation
ps–was just in the goodwill today and saw a great desk that could be really revived with a little fixing up…YHL has inspired me too!!
Oh. Wow. That is beautiful! I was thinking the same thing; $1299 at Pottery Barn would be my guess!
Fantastic change! What a difference, from the outdated, musty look of the piece in its earlier condition to how it is now. Great idea! Thanks for posting!
That makeover is awesome!! That’s it-I’ve got the bug! I’m refinishing something this weekend! :)
knoxville used cars says
OMG that is abolutely stunning! I want it!
[email protected] says
OMGosh, that is amazing! I LOVE it! Good reminder that beauty is in the eye of the DIY beholder.
i have a suggestion: how about you wallpaper the glass panels to hide those drawers?
good job btw, looks great!
Jennifer S. says
It looks so much better! Maybe she could add paper to the inside of the glass like Sherry did to her storage amoires in the basement. That way she could keep the shelf thing in there, it would just be covered up by the paper. Just a thought!
I agree!! It looks amazing! Great idea from the above comments… adding paper to the glass could really make it fun!
Gorgeous!! I don’t agree with the suggestions to wallpaper the inside… I think the drawers inside add some interesting detail to the cabinet. Wallpapering is better on a low-end thing like the cabinets in the basement, especially when unattractive things are stored inside. I imagine that the dishes that go with this cabinet are beautiful and it would be nice to display some of them, and the drawers look really symmetrical and intriguing.
Amazing sleek result!
[email protected] says
love how the white emphasises the depth of the panels on the bottom…
Jennae @ Green Your Decor says
I am seriously drooling over the after. I don’t think it needs wallpaper at all. I think the point is to use it to display whatever is inside. I’ve been looking for a chair on Craigslist to update, but I never seem to get lucky enough to find something with this much potential. For $20, I would’ve scooped this beauty up right away too!
Paula Grace says
Wow, well done. The detail just pops with the new finish. Cabinets like this are perfect for a make-over. My husband and I did one for our dining room. It came out so nice ~ I love it to this day because we rescued it from the back room of a consignment shop (the room pieces go to just before they are put to sleep) and did the work ourselves to refinish it. I wish I had before and after pictures to send you :( Happy weekend!
It looks awesome! Great job Michelle!
It looks nice, but I’m disappointed in this current fad that something must look like it comes from PB or CB2 to be “cool”. I personally find beauty in unpainted wood. I love the warm look of stained wood the best, whether it’s in furniture or window trims or molding.
It really is a beautiful piece, I can never find anything good on craigslist!
Greg Stallworth says
Love it! The white paint and replacing the old handles with new and modern ones plus those chrome buttons made this work for me.
Katie Lynn says
What a beautiful piece! It’s truly amazing what a community the two of you have created through your blog. I’m constantly impressed and inspired by not only what you do, but what your other readers do. I’m still a bit scared of trying my own redesign, as I’ve never done a thing like this, but boy does Michelle’s makeover make me want to try!
Excellent job on the redo. You did a great job.
I find the inside of the cabinet, takes away from a great looking dresser.Too busy. I would put wallpaper either on the front or back of the glass. Fabric is another idea. Wooden dowels on the backside with gathered fabric.
Thanks for sharing.
Wow Michelle thats beautiful! Is there any way to find out what color paint Michelle used on her dresser?