Friday, March 9, 2012

New Twist on an Old Dresser {with sheet metal}

The challenge for American Crafter this week was "Hardware Store Gems"... so naturally, I started by going to Lowe's to see what I could find. My idea was to completely re-do the dresser in my master bedroom. This thing has got to be at least 20 years old... it is a hand-me-down from my mom. Here's a look at what I've been staring at for the past 8 years when I wake up every morning:


Pretty sad, huh?

Here is what I came across in the sheet metal aisle...

It's a 24x36" decorative aluminum sheet {in Union Jack pattern.} It was love at first sight. With a name like "Union Jack" how could I not buy it? It was calling my name... even at $27 a sheet.

OK, before I go any further, can I show you what I did? I can't wait any longer! I promise I will get to all the other stuff in a minute.

Can I just tell you how much I LOVE walking in my room now? Let's just have a little reminder of what it looked like before I started this makeover...


Yikes!!!! {If you are here for the first time, please don't let this picture scare you!} You can read more about it here. But seriously, this dresser makeover has completely transformed my bedroom. (Well, at least one side of it!) It makes me smile every time I look at it.


OK, now on to the good stuff.

I started this project with the biggest DIY splurge I've made in the past 6 months... Annie Sloan chalk paint. About a month ago I was driving through Utah and stopped to buy 2 quarts {Pure White and French Linen} and some Clear Wax. Over $100 later, I was wondering if this stuff is all it's cracked up to be. I'll tell you more about the painting process and my thoughts about it next week, but I did take some advice from one of my favorite bloggers, Emily at Decor Chick. You can read about her thoughts & tips on AS chalk paint here.

Today, I will be showing you how I created the drawer fronts and updated the hardware for my new dresser!


1. The first thing I needed was a pair of tin snips to cut my aluminum sheet. I went with the Wiss multi-purpose pair ($13) and they worked wonderfully. I measured my drawers, then made sure to cut the metal on the line of the pattern {creating a clean, uniform edge for each piece.}

2. Next, I painted each piece with Pure White chalk paint and a foam roller. 2 coats was perfect. I also sprayed it with a clear polyeruthane to protect it from chipping.

3. I just wanted to see how they looked on the drawers... loving that Union Jack design!

4. Here is what my dresser looked like on Day 2. All painted and waxed, ready to be gussied up :)

5. Now I faced the question I'd been dreading... how am I going to attach these babies to the drawers? My first idea was Gorilla Glue. Then I read the back and realized that it "foams up" to 3 times the size after application. {Not gonna work with all those pretty holes in my pattern.} After taking a closer look, I saw the perfect circle spot that repeated throughout the design. It was the exact size of the Medium Zots {also known as glue dots} that I've used on other projects.

6. So I went for it! I attached the Zots around the edge of the sheet, about every other "spot" and a few extras on the corner sections. It worked great! They are attached well, and I just added a few dots of Krazy Glue on the corners to make sure they are really secure.


7. Before I attached the adhesive, I cut holes in the metal {using my tin snips again} to match up with the existing holes for the hardware. Then I attached the Zots and adhered the sheet to the drawer face.

8. Adding the new drawer pulls made me sigh.... ahhhhh. Aren't they beautiful?

9. Another shot of the new drawers :)

10. I was struggling to find knobs for the top drawer. I wanted something unique to set it apart, but not totally different from the geometric pattern on the other drawers. I found these beauties at JoAnns (70% off too!) They were a little "tribal" for what I was going for, but the shape was perfect.

11. I gave them a few quick coats of white paint and voila...

12. Turning them on the diamond slant completed the look.

So that's it! Thanks for sticking it out through this post :) Let's take one more look at the before and after:


Now that I'm done with this, I'm totally motivated to get going on my other Master Bedroom projects. Hopefully I'll have more to share with you soon.

Happy Friday!


Linking to:
five days five ways  feature friday free for all Positively Splendid The Girl Creative Skip To My Lou Home Stories A2Z Whipperberry Chic on a Shoestring Decorating 52 Mantels The 36th AVENUE Photobucket Chatty Chics TDC Before and After Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

56 comments:

  1. Just voted! Keep me posted, I absolutely love the dresser!!

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  2. Going to go vote for you! I love this. You did a really great job! Found you via Tatertots and Jello :)

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  3. Visiting from TT&J! What a wonderful makeover. I love that sheet of metal you purchased and also love how you transformed those knobs! Just perfect. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Gorgeous!! Your dresser turned out so pretty! I love the metal on the drawers!!!

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  5. I reviewed all the other projects that were submitted for this challenge and I have to tell you that you hit this one out of the ballpark and it looks to me that you are the clear winner. I voted for you and wish you lots of luck in this round!

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  6. Love this dresser--and yeah, those little drawer pulls are absolute perfection!
    I hope we both make it through too ;)

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  7. Love it! The pattern makes it different from other redos on the web and the colors are hip and chic! So cute!! If you have minute I would love if you linked it up to my party!

    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/03/latest-and-greatest-22-and-bed-crown.html

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  8. It's absolutely stunning! Great detailing! I'm following you on link now! Come follow me back i you'd like. :)

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  9. This turned out amazing!! Love the added metal to the drawers. Never would have thought to do that.

    Hope you win :)

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  10. This is a great project! Loving that metal on the dresser...oooh the ideas!

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  11. What a neat idea! I love that metal sheeting...I used it to make a jewelry holder inside an old frame. It's very useful stuff and it looks amazing on that dresser.

    Megan

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  12. Such an awesome idea! That is one of the coolest dresser makeovers I've seen!

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  13. I'm too late to vote, but if I'd gotten here on time, you would DEFINITELY have had mine! That is an awesome transformation, and pretty darned inspirational! I see a trip to Lowe's in my very near future...

    Thanks for posting!

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes, you have to check this stuff out... they had a quatrefoil design that was really cool too.

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  14. I'm too late to vote, but if I'd gotten here on time, you would DEFINITELY have had mine! That is an awesome transformation, and pretty darned inspirational! I see a trip to Lowe's in my very near future...

    Thanks for posting!

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  15. that looks awesome! i love the hardware, too, it's a perfect match!

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  16. would love it if you could share this on my link party

    Natasha xxx

    www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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  17. This looks wonderful. I love the color and style! The knobs are great too. Great job!

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  18. Holly, It is amazing! I love it. Why is it that out own bedrooms come last? I started mine almost 2 years ago at "project days" in Pine Valley....Well, maybe I'll finish it one day & then I'll be ready to change it. Lisa

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  19. this is so awesome! and i don't know what is going on but i am not getting your blog in my reader- i followed, and then i subscribed too when i realized i wasn't getting it... i am sure it is a google issue. anyhow, LOVE this dresser- genius!

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  20. What a great idea! I love that stuff and the dresser is gorgeous! Love the gray.

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  21. Hi! Saw this at Someday crafts linky party and had to stop by and take a better look and say hello! So glad I found your blog - am your newest follower! Ok - the dresser...shut the front door!!!! What an ingenious idea to use aluminum sheeting! Such a beautiful transformation and DIY. Love it and love your sunburst mirror - mind sharing where you purchased the mirror? Please visit my blog and say hello - I love to make new bloggy friends :)
    Heather @ settingforfour.blogspot.com

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  22. I just pinned this! What a cool idea and it looks so good! If you have time I would love for you to come share this at my link party!
    Amy@homehappyhome.blogspot.com

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  23. great dresser re-do! totally transforms your room....and i have never heard of Zots before either. Very cleaver!

    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos
    http://decoratedchaos.blogspot.com

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  24. This looks amazing! It is so pretty! I have to ask though...are the edges of the tin sharp? This is just so so beautiful!

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  25. This transformation is amazing! Don't forget to stop over and grab a featured button from Whimsy Wednesdays at www.thenymelrosefamily.blogspot.com/2012/03/whimsy-wednesdays-2.html.

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  26. This looks amazing! I totally agree... how could you not buy the Union Jack? Thanks so much for sharing it our Uncommonly Yours link party! Can't wait to see what you are up to next week!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  27. Okay this is SO cool and clever I have NEVER seen anything like this before!!!! I would SOOO love for you to come over to my place and link up!!! :o) and ps I voted for you in round one!!!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy
    http://jaimelyn11.blogspot.com/2012/03/crafty-scrappy-happy-me-thursday-26-and.html

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  28. Oh my goodness this is AMAZING! I'm saving this in my files for future reference! This project would be perfect for our linky party featuring "Transformations" called Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal, I know our readers would love to see it too! (It starts tomorrow- Friday, March 16th 2012 at 7:00 am and reoccures every 1st and 3rd Friday)

    -Whitney @ TheRoosterAndTheHen

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  29. Very pretty! I would love if you stopped over to my Creative inspiration linky party (happening NOW) and linked this up! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  30. This is AAAAAAMAZING!!!! Would loooove for you to come link it up to our Fave Furniture Fridays!
    http://sugartotdesigns.blogspot.com/2012/03/baby-jar-topiary-felt-flower-tutorial.html

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  31. That is the most awesome transformation I have ever seen! You have a great sense of style. Congrats on the advance!

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  32. Absolutely GORGEOUS! You've been featured in my Saturday 7 Spotlight this week. :) http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2012/03/saturday-seven-spotlight_17.html

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  33. Your dresser looks absolutely beautiful! I love the color scheme and the pattern.

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  34. I love how your dresser turned out!! I love the colors and everything about it!!
    I hope you'll share this with my "Unveil Your Genius" Link party!
    http://taylornorris.blogspot.com/2012/03/unveil-your-genius-link-party_15.html

    Happy Weekend!

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  35. Hey! Just found you for the first time! Love it! If you have time tonight, can you link up at my place so I can feature this project!?
    Melody
    http://chattychics.com/2012/03/13/your-turn-wild-wednesday-2/

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  37. Wow! What a great looking piece! All of that hard work sure does make a difference. Saw your post over at I Heart Naptime!

    Gabby
    The...Late, Young Family

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  38. Wow what a beautiful dresser! A real "wow" piece!

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  39. Holy smokes! I can't even put into words how much I love this transformation and how amazed I am at the beauty of something found in the hardware store! The fact that you even looked at that sheet metal and came up with this idea is pretty cool!

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  40. I never would have thought to paint those knobs. What a great look!
    Anna

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  41. So creative and unique Excellent!

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  42. Holly, your dresser turned out fabulous!!! Great idea on the stencil that you used. Love, love, love it!

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  43. I absolutely love the dresser redo. So creative and looks awesome. I will definitely have to do this!

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  44. WoW!!!! That ROCKS! That is a project to be excited and proud about!

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  45. This is the best idea ever! I think I am going to have to copycat you because I am in LOVE with your dresser! Thanks for the detailed instructions!

    -Peggy

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  46. Post are very interesting,I really like your blog & the way

    you wriiten it ..Thanks for sharing this creative ideas.suitcase

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  47. thanks for sharing.

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  48. Very simply done for such a drastic change. I love it!

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  49. Thanks for the idea !!!!. Is so cute and such a transformation for sure. and is better than you can buy is solid and wood instead of pressed board.Nice touches to the fronts.

    I used a baby crib bed ends.The bed was out in the trash and grabbed it. It was solid wood and 2 inches thick. I sanded it. painted it white and put spacers in to make space out from the wall.Turned it sideways & hang my quilts I made. There is so much you can do with peoples trash if you just happen to get there before the trash man lol!!!!!

    Debbie Kelly http://somewhereinstitches.blogspot.com

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