Wednesday, February 20, 2013

High Boy No More

A sweet friend of mine gave me this dresser. I think it is called a high boy. It was a heavy- and I mean heavy- duty dresser. Very well built. I wanted to do something different with it besides leave it a dresser. I thought it would make a cute armoire type piece of furniture. I could envision cute little rain boots with a little yellow rain coat in an entry way.

Here is the before. I got a little excited and started ripping it apart before I remembered to take some before pics. It had great bones.  By this point I had taken out the drawers the their braces.

Next I found some old wood we had stored up in the rafters of the garage. They came in handy after being up there for a few years- ok 9 years to be exact- hubby said he was saving those...sure dear saving them for how long? This was the crate that our AC unit came in when we were building our house. Thanks to Marsh Heating!!

I cut the boards down to make a bottom for the frame, the shelf and the divider thingy- yeah I know not very good English. After I took a step back and couldn't believe I actually did it and there were no injuries with the power tools- now I won't say there weren't a few words said but you should have seen the happy dance when it all came together. Next up was to paint the inside with a pale blue that was rubbed down with a stain over that. I also gave the outside a dry brushing in that pale blue so when I sanded down the final color it would show through.

So here he is in all his glory. I added a barn red color to the outside and added some hooks and it was finished. This baby was going to stay at our house but then when my hubby heard that I got that look that says "you can't keep everything you make, bring it to the shop". So off it went to the shop and found a cute apartment for a young lady who was just starting out and decorating her new place.

So the next time you score that free dresser think about what you can do with it. Take out the drawers and add some old cupboard doors, make shelves and add baskets...I could have even added some old shutters to this for some doors.

 That's it for now I'm off to find my next project.....have a good one!!

So I did it!!!!!!!! I figured out how to do the linky thing and get this project over on East Coast Creative so I could join in on all the fun with their Creating with the Stars party. If you haven't ever been to their site it is a must. These gals are hilarious and their projects- well, let's just say pretty awesome.  Just looking at all the entries is amazing so much talent out there.  If you have a chance click on the link below and check out all the projects that have been submitted- truly amazing!!

Creating with the Stars

Also paryting at:

Savvy Southern Style
Miss Mustard Seed


  1. Love how you transformed that!! I would have never thought about that but you definitely have vision when it comes to furniture!!