Aqua Painted Dresser With Ribbon Handles {Trash to Treasure}

Aqua Painted Dresser With Ribbon Handles

I love showing my readers how to decorate their homes without breaking the bank.  Today, I am going to show you how I turned an abandoned dresser that I found on the side of the road into a beautiful painted dresser for my daughter’s new big girl bedroom!

Wanna see what it looked like before I got my hands on it?


There I was, driving to Target when I spotted this beauty and a matching vanity.  I pulled my car over so fast, I’m pretty sure I almost gave my daughter whiplash.  I couldn’t just leave it there, though…I mean look at it!  The mirror alone had my heart beating super fast!  Not exactly what I would call pretty…well, maybe back in the day, but not in this state, but I just knew it could be.  You should have seen me trying to wrestle all of these into my SUV…I’m 5 feet tall, so I’m sure it was quite the site!

Ribbon Drawer Pulls

So, I got it home and let it hang out in my garage for a few weeks before I decided to paint it.  It came at the perfect time, because Kate was dying for a big girl room.  She wanted her room to match the rest of our home which is decorated in what I would refer to as a beach cottage style.  I had just painted her room, when my husband hauled it up the stairs for me.  Kate and I decided to paint the mirror white and the dresser the same aqua color as we painted her wall.  I used Valspar’s paint and primer in one in Lake Breeze in an eggshell finish.

 The only problem was, the cup handles were in terrible shape.  Well, me being the thrifty girl that I am, decided to try and see if I could find something around our home that we could use.  I raided my ribbon stash and ran back upstairs to give my idea a try…ribbon pulls!  They worked perfectly!

Painted Dresser With Ribbon Pulls

Aren’t they so simple and sweet?  And…they work!  Did I mention they were free???

Aqua Decor in Cottage Style Bedroom

We pulled together some things from around the house to dress her new dresser up, and added a new lamp.

Isn’t it just darling?

Aqua Painted Dresser With Ribbon Pulls and White Mirror

I have to admit, I tried to get Kate to take the pom pom flowers down, but she quickly reminded me that this was her room and not just for a blog.

Whoops…need to remember that more often.  So, the tissue paper flowers stayed, and Kate’s room is one step closer to being finished!

So…what do you think?  Would you give a roadside dresser a chance?

Sharing at Between Naps on the Porch and Savvy Southern Style

TDC Before and After




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