Free Dresser- Free Makeover!

Anyone who knows me knows I love FREE things!  Who doesn't right?  A good percentage of things throughout my house were free.  I am cheap lets face it.  I cringe if I have to buy something new and full price.  Don't get me wrong...I love new things, but, at a discount.  A lot of the time something old can be made to look new and then you feel this huge since of accomplishment....Look what I did!  Such a better feeling than paying tons of money.  (which by the way I don't have...)

So this is what I ended up with....for Free!!

So, most of my kids have been using these kinds of dressers for many many years.  (If you can even call it a dresser...)

Lovely right?  Um, No.

So, I am always on the hunt for free dressers.   I got this little cutie from the free section of craigslist a little while back.  (You and the free section should become good friends!)

Now this little guy looks pretty good in the pictures, but I did give him some TLC.  It is amazing what people will do in their own repair work.  Some of these drawers were hot glued back together!  I did a few nailing and wood gluing to make things better.

I also sanded it pretty good, because there was a lot of...I don't know what...sticky stuff on it.

Then I went to get some paint, from my garage.

I wanted some type of blue, but I only had a small amount.  So I got some white paint and an old perler bead bucket and started mixing.  A little blue goes a long way!

Then I painted the dresser.  I wanted to try something different since it was going in my little 3 year old's room, so I busted out some vinyl and cut letters to use as a stencil, and painted some numbers on each drawer.  I didn't have the money to replace the knobs, so they just got painted too.  Then I distressed it on the edges and the numbers..... Voila!

A "new" dresser for free!

I am so happy with how it turned out and, yes...I get a little grin on my face when I walk into my little boy's room!  Look what I did!

Gotta love that "I accomplished something" feeling!

Lots of Love,

I will be linking to these parties.



  1. Beautiful job - love working with numbers ( and you nailed it )and your distressing is just perfect!
    Your newest follower - would love to have you come by and follow back when you have the time!

    1. Thanks so much Suzan, you made my day! I am on my way over now!

  2. Super cute! I always love a numbered dresser. I'm featuring yours at the Power of Paint Spotlight this weekend.

  3. Mindi-
    Your capes are darling. The dresser turned out fabulous too! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  4. WOW Mindi. . . I just paroozed (Have no idea how to spell that) your entire blog and am amazed. Amazed. Amazed. Amazed.

  5. And comment above. . . I totally agree. The capes are darling too. Something I need for my little brood. Any pattern suggestions on that one?

  6. Where did you get the numbered stencils? Thanks! JM

    1. I used contact paper and cut them out on my cricut. I wish I could remember the font, but it has been awhile! If you don't have a cutting machine you could use this method I describe in this post
      It would be super easy to do!

  7. I REALLY LOVE your projects they make me want to cry sometimes because they are better than mine come on visit me if you like to


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