I have been very, very slowly making over my boys’ bedroom. I’m not sure why the heck this room is taking me so long, but I have to admit that I’m enjoying fussing over it at a leisurely pace! I think when it is completely finished it will be my absolute favorite room in the house. After repainting the walls, my next task was to update the boys’ furniture. We inherited these two dressers from Matt’s grandparents. I think it’s so amazing that my boys are using furniture that belonged to their great-grandparents! To give them a fresh look, I painted the dressers using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and updated the hardware.
The card catalog brass label pulls were purchased from Vandykes.com. They cost me a little over $2 a pull, but the price seems to change weekly on all of their pulls so watch the prices before ordering. The shiny brass was just a bit too bright for me. To tone them down, I used Rub ‘n Buff in Ebony. You simply place a bit of the wax on a paper towel or rag and rub it on your item.
You can see the difference that the Rub n’ Buff makes below. The left pull has been coated and the right pull is in it’s original brassy state.
To create the labels, I cut out pieces from some string tags that I had on hand.
Instead of using a printer, I hand-stamped the words for my labels using a Martha Stewart stamp. I love the vintage typewriter-key feel that it gives the labels.
And here it is completely finished and looking good!
I didn’t bother filling the holes from the old hardware and just made new holes for the new catalog pulls. The pulls are larger than the original hardware so they nicely cover the holes and “hardware stain” that was left behind.
I am hoping that by having each and every drawer labeled my boys will be better about keeping their clothes organized! A mom can dream, right?
Here is a peek at how far this dresser has come.
I am thrilled with the end results of both dressers!
If you missed the first two-toned dresser tutorial which gives you chalk paint and shellac tips, you can find it by clicking on the photo below.