Master Bedroom Vintage Dresser Makeover with a White Wash

Good morning! I’m back this week with a mini makeover! I have been trying to decide what to do with this dresser for quite awhile now. I had scrolled through Pinterest and did searches looking for an idea for a mid-century dresser that wasn’t too mid-century. So easy, right? This dresser had been my aunt and uncles, then my sisters’ when we all lived at home and has been mine since I got married. I’m not sure of the exact age.

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When we first got it, it was painted dark brown. My husband sanded it all down and then we just left it as is. The wood is very soft and dirt and oils had absorbed into the wood.

Master Bedroom dresser makeover

I think this darker spot was from some candle wax.

mater bedroom dresser marks

My cat also decided to use this corner as a scratching post.

master bedroom dresser scratches

Since the wood is so soft, I was able to sand it by hand and all the dirt and oils came off pretty easy.

master bedroom dresser sander and top of dresser

The scratches were a little more difficult. Some of them were pretty deep. I sanded as much as I could, but I would have had to sand a lot of the wood away if I was going to get it as smooth as possible. I left it like this and thought it would work out okay.

master bedroom dresser sanded

I used Benjamin Moore Simply White and watered it down. You can’t really tell in the picture, but it is pretty watery.

master bedroom makeover paint

I used very little on the brush and even wiped some off before I started painting.

master bedroom dresser paint brush

Once my brush was ready, I started brushing it over the surface until it all looked even.

master bedroom dresser sanded top


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I would still like to do something with the mirror and my husband is working on some kind of frame. I’ll let you know what happens with it!

master bedroom dresser white wash

Doesn’t it look so pretty!

master bedroom dresser completed

I love the wood grain on here!

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This little vintage dresser was my moms and aunts when they were little girls. It held their doll clothes and all my cousins and I used it too whenever we played at Grandma’s house.  I use it for jewelry now, but it holds lot of great memories.

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I added a few turquoise touches and my seashells.

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I’m really happy how this dresser turned out! It was a nice simple refresh for the bedroom. Thanks for coming by today!


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Mini-Makeover in the Guest Room with Canvas on the Cheap

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Good morning! I’m a day late, but I have a great post for you today! Our family visited Disneyland back in May and Haley took this great photo of Walt Disney, Mickey and the Sleeping Beauty Castle. I worked with Canvas on the Cheap and they created this amazing canvas for me. I used it in my newly decorated guest room/Haley’s room. When Haley saw the canvas and the room, who had two comments, “I want the canvas” and ‘My room looks so grown up!”

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Guest room Makeover Walt Disney and Mickey Canvas

When I edited the canvas, I made the whole thing in black and white and then colored in different areas. The castle, sky, flowers and the statue all have some color to them.

Guest Room Makeover Walt Disney and Sleeping Beauty Castle

I love how it looks! The print even wraps around the sides of the canvas and there is even a hanger added to the back.

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Haley had made this bench years ago from an old desk and a headboard. Since she moved into her own apartment, I could finally move the bench out from the garage, where it has been sitting since we moved a year and a half ago. My husband revised it a bit and I touched up the a paint a bit. It fits perfect in here!


Guest Room Makeover Bench, Canvas on the Cheap, Disney Pillow

Here is the rest of the room. The one wall is painted charcoal and I decided to stay with this color. I added some turquoise and yellow accents.

Guest Room Makeover Bedroom Grey, Yellow, Turquoise

I left several of Haley’s things in here, so she didn’t feel pushed out. Of course, I want her to come home any time she can! She loves peacocks, but couldn’t take this lamp with her, so I kept it in here.

guest room makeover metal night stand

You can see her treasured Pirates of the Caribbean book, along with the beads she purchased while in Hawaii.

Guest Room Makeover White Metal Stand

Guest Room Makeover Nightstand Blanket and Book

The skull pillow was hers too (obviously, if you know Haley). I added a couple of others to bring in more color.

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I needed something small in the space between the bed and the wall and the stool was the perfect fit. I added a couple of books and a pitcher with some leaves.

Guest Room Makeover Side table stool and pitcher

My father-in-law made this bookshelf for my husband and me when we first got married, over 30 years ago. It has also been stored in the garage and I am very happy I finally have a good place for it.

Guest Room Makeover Book Shelf with Shutter Doors

See the cute floral basket in the bottom corner? I found it in the clearance aisle at Walmart. I snagged it up quickly! It is the perfect colors for this room!

Guest Room Makeover Blue and Yellow Floral Basket

Of course, Kiara had to get in on this picture business. Cutie!

Guest Room Makeover Mirror Reflection

Canvas on the Cheap is a great company to work with. The ordering was simple and the canvas came quickly. I hope you will take some time to check them out! Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a great week!


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Master Bedroom Reveal

I am back today with something new! Since we are relatively new to blogland, I haven’t had a chance to show you around my house. Not that you are going to see it all, because some of it is bad, really bad. We are talking half finished or 1980’s bad! There is lots of work to be done! But I do have the Master Bedroom done…at least for now! Things are always changing-just ask my family!

This is the view from the door as you walk in. I just changed to bed to this side of the room last month. I also painted it white. It had been where the dresser is now, but I was constantly having to walk around the bed to get to anything. So far, I am liking this better.

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I bought the lamp bases from Goodwill several months ago, but they were still new with tags, from Target. My mom and I just found the lampshades last week on our shopping trip. I added a sisal basket with some seashells and a large plate with the year of our marriage. There is also a picture of the family when the girls were small. Above the table are Lauren’s senior pictures. The long denim dress she is twirling in, she made herself! It was a team effort to sew through all that denim!

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Next up is the dresser. We inherited this dresser when we got married from my parents, who inherited it from my dad’s sister. We figure it is about 60 years old. My mom calls it blond wood, but I really don’t know much about it. The wicker chair is part of a set we bought when we got married.

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The little set of drawers in the middle came from my Grandma. It was my mom’s and her sisters when they were little and it held their doll’s clothes. I changed the knobs on it, but left the wonderful old paint color on it. A few other touches help to add to the beach look without going overboard!

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I bought this old fabric box from Goodwill. I thought it was a hat box, but do you see what it says on the side? “Silk Longs.” It must have held somebodies silk stockings!

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On this side of the bed I used a set of blue wicker drawers for the nightstand. The box is an old cigar box and then I added just a few seashells to keep it simple. On this side, I have Haley’s senior pictures.  I love the one of her holding her baby picture. So precious!

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I have an extra little corner in my bedroom that was added on after the house had been built. This extra space is what sold me on the house! I have a wonderful drop-leaf table here which belonged to my grandma, along with the chair. I added a sailboat and a mirror. There is an old suitcase underneath.

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Across from the table is another old cabinet. I bought this one from a yard sale from a lady who is a big collector of old things. I have placed all my quilts in here. I love how they looked all stacked up! Some are old, but other are new. I just love all the patterns and how cozy they are. I use these for all different occasions, but especially in the wintertime.

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Here is the view from this side of the room. Do you see the things peeking out from under the bed? Just a few random things that I had no other place for!

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Let me show you one of the coolest secrets about this room. See this little piece of paneled wall? Well, if you pull on the hooks, it will open to reveal…

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A shoe cupboard!! Do you see where Lauren got her love of shoes from! I love this cupboard! I’m sure my husband thought I was crazy, but this is the best thing ever!!

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I hope you enjoyed the tour! You can check out Laurens bedroom/guest room here, my hallway and one corner of my living room here, and part of my dining room here and here. I will keep plugging along on my different rooms and one day I will be able to show off the whole thing!

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My Closet Makeover

I’m finally back!  Nothing against the blog, but work has gotten me extremely busy and it has been hard to find time to write something for the blog.  But, I got a day off from work and finally found time to get something together…

My closet.

Closet Makeover

My closet is atrocious.  For more than one reason.

1. I have too many clothes and shoes. I need to go through them and get rid of some of my things.

2. I don’t have that much floor space because of all the shoes on my floor.

3. Even though I have the most clothes out of all of my roommates, I have the smallest closet.  That would be thanks to having the wonderful water heater in my closet.  Yeah…

Closet Makeover

So I took time go through my clothes.  I organize my shirts by color, so I took out the shirts by color and went through a process of getting rid of them.  My criteria to keep a shirt was: do I like it, is it long enough (I’m tall), does it still fit, and is it still fashionable.  I tried each shirt on unless I knew for a fact that it still fit.  I also went through dresses, skirts, and tank tops the same way.

Closet Makeover

I then went through the tee shirts that I own.  Now, I am proud to say that I have a very large black tee shirt collection, but I got rid of a few that I know don’t fit or that I don’t wear.  I also had some smocks that I had for work before we got new shirts that I was able to get rid of.

Now, the prized possession of my clothing, shoes.

A Mess in my Room

A Mess in my Room

Before I started, I took all the shoes out of my closet and off of my shoe hanger.  When I brought them out into my hallway to put on my staircase, I made quite a mess…thankfully I don’t have a downstairs roommate as of the moment, so it’s okay to make a mess.

A Mess in the Hallway

A Mess in the Hallway

But here are all my shoes.  All 60 pairs of them.

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So I went through them and was able to take my shoes collection down from 60 pairs to 43.  Honestly, I am pretty proud of myself.  It is hard for me to get rid of shoes.

I still have a lot of shoes

I still have a lot of shoes

So, here is everything that I am getting rid of.

Closet Makeover

Closet Makeover

And here is what my closet looks like now!

Closet Makeover

Closet Makeover

Closet Makeover

There is actually space that I can walk on the floor and put new clothes in the closet.  I have my work shirts separated from my tee shirts so they don’t get lost, and I am able to add new things if needed. What a difference!

Have you gone through your closet and what kind of stuff you have gotten rid of?!

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How to Turn Baking Pans into Chalkboards

Sorry that this post is late.  I have been busy with finals, work, and getting ready for Haley’s graduation on Saturday.  But I digress.

I have seen these chalkboards online and made one for myself, so I have decided to post how to turn a simple baking pan into a chalkboard.

First thing you need is these baking pans.  I bought these three at a thrift store for 10 cents each.  What a deal, right?

I have 3 pans here, but I only ended up using 2

I have 3 pans here, but I only ended up using 2

Next I painted the pan.  I wasn’t too particular if the paint for the outside of the pan got on the inside because it would be painted over anyways.  I chose pink and turquoise as my outside colors.  Shocking isn’t it.

Pink and Turquoise

Pink and Turquoise

Next, I taped off the edges of the pan to protect the color and not get chalkboard paint on the outside.  This was a little tricky because I wanted to cover the entire edge of the pan.  So I had to use quite a few pieces of tape to cover the edges.

Tape for Days

Tape for Days

Now, it’s time for the chalkboard paint!  I sprayed the inside of the pan completely to get a nice coat of chalkboard on the pan.

And Voila!  They are done.



I decided to make a checklist on the turquoise pan of things that need to still be finished before the graduation and graduation party.  Fortunately, I was able to mark one thing off already.  And the last two things won’t be able to be checked off until after the ceremony on Saturday.



For the second pan, I decided to put my salutation.  Because I love the saying and love pink, it worked perfectly.

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

These chalkboard pans are really easy to make and really easy to use.  I use chalk markers to write on them, and the chalk marker comes off with a wet washcloth so you can change what it says.  Check out my apartment bedroom blog here to see the chalkboard pan I have in my bedroom.