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Trash Day: Bedroom Set

Adrianna from Dreams of Perfection sent in this nightstand, dresser and mirror that she got for $60.

The great thing about this dresser, nightstand and mirror is that they are pieces that can be found in almost every town, and they’re very easy to transform in a day or two.  

Since Adrianna is all about hand painted details (one expertise among many!), I thought of some different options that would allow her to dress up her pieces a bit more than the standard solid color treatment.  Here are some of my favorites.

Blue Painted Dresser Chest, Paisley Artwork

This hand-printed paisley detail is something I haven’t seen before, but I love it on this piece.  The paisley print is intricate and eye-catching, and I also love that the original knobs (or some that look like they could be original) were painted the same color as the solid background to blend in with the overall design.  



I found this image and absolutely love it!  It’s definitely different, but I think it’s really hot and most certainly one of a kind.  The large flower pattern and color combination give it a modern look that doesn’t compete with the traditional french-style dresser.  This same treatment would also work well with a large geometric print in a contrasting color.   Refinished in this manner, the dresser makes a great focal point for any living area, be it bedroom, living room, or entryway.  

I originally imagined something with stripes that would have a similar appearance to this, minus the stamps.  My choice of colors would be a soft pink & white (great for a child’s room) or a classic black & white (fitting for office, bedroom, or living room).  Another option is to paint the body a solid color, and then add stripes to the top of the dresser like this


in a coordinated color to the body paint.  Grey & white, or grey & yellow would be a great choice for this option.  

I love the hardware at the top of the dresser.   

For a simple makeover route, this would also look great in a shiny black (my go-to color) with ring hardware in a shiny brass, or a gold-leaf treatment.  Here are some great (and inexpensive!) ones from House of Knobs.

Siro Cabinet Hard...
Siro Cabinet Hardware, Antique Gold $5.12 

Richelieu Hardwar...
Richelieu Harware, Burnished Brass $4.62

Hafele Cabinet Ha...
Hefele Cabinet Hardware $5.62

Updating the hardware with classic pieces is also a great way to make this piece pop with a (relatively) minimal amount of work.  

 I absolutely LOVE the mirror she found, and a quick coat of a glossy black, white, or gold spray paint will have it looking amazing in no time–great finds for only $20 each!

Thanks for sharing your “trash”, Adrianna!  

Have you found a great piece that you’d like to share? Email me so I can feature it here!  Trash Day is all about highlighting your previously unwanted piece of second (or third or fourth) hand furniture, so send in your fabulous unfinished find.  One person’s trash can always be another person’s treasure–click the “Contact Me” link above to email me!

15 Comments on Trash Day: Bedroom Set

  1. Decor I Adore
    March 31, 2010 at 9:10 am (8 years ago)

    I love the mirror too! Wonderful finds!

  2. charmaine
    March 31, 2010 at 10:13 am (8 years ago)

    Love that bold floral and the stripes!

  3. L. Duncan
    March 31, 2010 at 10:22 am (8 years ago)

    love a french dresser!

  4. shari @ little blue deer
    March 31, 2010 at 4:21 pm (8 years ago)

    Why oh why can’t I find things like this?? That is going to look so great when she finishes, whatever she chooses to do!

  5. Irene
    March 31, 2010 at 5:02 pm (8 years ago)

    I love all 3 pieces. I think the options you gave her are perfect.

  6. Claire Watkins, ASID allied
    March 31, 2010 at 5:17 pm (8 years ago)

    Love, love that second dresser!! Haven’t heard of transferware on a dresser, must investigate, thanks for that! Whatever she does, I’m sure it will be fabulous, Love a good refurb!

  7. thelennoxx
    March 31, 2010 at 5:48 pm (8 years ago)

    How does this girl do it? That mirror is exactly what I am looking for!!

  8. JIN
    March 31, 2010 at 8:36 pm (8 years ago)

    This is a great idea! I’m loving that French dresser featured above 🙂

  9. Jesse
    March 31, 2010 at 10:06 pm (8 years ago)

    What great pieces!

  10. Dreams of Perfection
    April 1, 2010 at 4:08 am (8 years ago)

    I love the chest w/ the flowers! Freakin love it!! I may do that with the dresser. I had a tutorial on how to do it, but that was on the computer that crashed 🙁 Thanks for showing my “crap” 🙂

  11. Sharstin
    April 1, 2010 at 10:05 am (8 years ago)

    amazing finds! and lovely eye candy~

  12. Redesign Diva
    April 5, 2010 at 10:29 pm (8 years ago)

    OMGosh! I love that paisley, and that black flowered dresser! MAN! Girl you can find some thangs! I love it!

  13. Kathianne
    May 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm (8 years ago)

    Most of the furniture in our loft is this style- French Provincial. It was my childhood bedroom furniture. I repainted it all (not quite as fun as the ideas you have here though) and it totally matches my style- shabby chic.

  14. Contemporary Bedroom Furniture
    August 11, 2010 at 1:23 am (8 years ago)

    Really it is a nice blog and this furniture is so stylish, I would like to tell you that you have given me much knowledge about it. Thanks for everything.


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