Posts tagged furniture
DIY Repainted Wooden Chair

A few weeks before I found my not-yet-upcycled dresser on the street, my roommates and I found this cute wooden chair. It didn’t look so cute at the time - the old, yellow paint was chipping, it was covered in spider webs, and it was just grimy; but I couldn’t resist the details - the turned leg, the carved back, the curved edges. (Yes, this chair motivated me to research furniture styles and led me to this website, where I learned about leg turning.)

After learning some techniques and becoming more familiar with the whole sanding/priming/painting process with my dresser, I felt ready to upcycle a new piece of furniture for our living room!

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DIY Upcycled Painted Dresser with Moroccan Quatrefoil Top

Living in San Francisco, you see a lot of free stuff on the street. Clothes, books, couches, bookshelves, rugs - I know people who have furnished their entire apartment with street finds! I always dreamed of taking something off the street and giving it a makeover, but just felt like most furniture projects were too daunting.

But one day, I saw this dresser about two blocks down from my apartment, and I knew I had to do something with it. I could only carry the dresser for ~20 feet at a time by myself, and I had to cross a major intersection to get home. So, I decided to wait by the dresser for 40 minutes (as people shot me curious glances) until my roommate got home to help me. Yup. Once I had the idea fixated in my head, there was no way I was about to walk away.

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