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Jill picked up this old dresser for $25 with the intention of refinishing it as a gift to her brother. In order to match some of the other furnishings her brother already has, Jill decided to go dark with this blond dresser…

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After removing the old handles from the dresser and doing a little patching, Jill stained the dresser a bit darker. To further modernize the piece she replaced the old handles with new, shiny drawer pulls. The juxtaposition of dark wood with shiny stainless handles gives the dresser a modern and masculine look.

Check out the full post, along with many other before and after projects, on Jill's blog — Junky Vagabond: A Walk on the Masculine Side.

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