There is a small dresser in Callie’s room that has been in my family for many years. I believe it was my grandmother’s when she was a child. It served as a dresser for my doll clothes when I was little and now it resides in my little girl’s room. It needed a re-vamp as the finish was in less than great shape and the knobs were dated. I found inspiration on Pinterest and I began working on it. The project is not yet finished but I wanted to show you my progress thus far.
This dresser was my inspiration for my project. I have loved this transformed Hemnes dresser from Ikea since the moment I laid eyes on it.
I then primed the base and drawers with a spray paint primer.
Since I have been a bit obsessed with paintable wallpaper lately (see hutch), I purchased some more from Lowes to complete this project.
I then cut my wallpaper to size. The trim pieces were purchased from Home Depot along with a miter box since that is the only way to cut trim this thin.
As you can see above I was working outside on our spa and left my materials out overnight. BIG mistake! It rained and my pre-pasted wallpaper was drenched and thus needed to be applied in a flash the next morning. Some of the edges did peel up quite easily after the wallpaper dried so I did add some wood glue underneath them for better adhesion. I have not had any issues with this wallpaper adhering in the past so I’m sure the paste was in less than stellar shape after sitting in the rain overnight.
I then began to measure and cut my trim pieces. This was time consuming with the miter box but worth the effort. I glued the trim down rather than nailing it because the pieces are so thin and fragile. I used painters tape to secure them while they dried.
Now it’s time to caulk some of the gaps between the wallpaper and the trim. I will also caulk some of the mitered corners that have gaps. A little paint and new knobs and this baby will have a whole new lease on life. Check back next week and see the finished product.