Before & After: A Fresh Look for a $5 Thrift Store Dresser

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To my mind there are two basic types of 'Before and Afters': the jaw droppers that leave you amazed at the utter transformation of a thing or place and the less dramatic, but no less inspiring ones that show a vast improvement to something with minimal expense of time and money. The latter is the case with this dated dresser repainted in springy colors as an appealing addition to Lynne and Darren's guest bedroom where they host their 2-year-old grandson, Nicholas.

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I love the slightly retro colors they chose and that they kept the funky hardware. The changes make a big difference in the dresser's appeal with minimal investment. 

Lynne shares: 

The mildly battered dresser shown was a $4.99 Goodwill find. I bought it primarily for the drawer pulls. I chose repainting over stripping to see what was underneath because the furniture certainly was no precious "antique to be." The ladybugs on the side are a nod to our street name and house mascot. Our entire cost for the project (including any materials I didn't already own) was just shy of $20.

Thanks Lynne and Darren! Readers, you can visit them at their blog, Split Infinitum and see the in process pics of this project.

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(Images: Lynne & Darren)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.