Before & After: A Dusty Dresser Gets Dressed Up With Wallpaper

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Usually we get project submissions that have a certain linear progression: start with a beat-up original and make the appropriate changes. Well Annie works a little differently than most. She spotted some must-buy wallpaper and let the material influence the makeover. Any way you slice it, she still got some pretty stellar results.

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That is stunning. We see why she fell in love with that gorgeous patterned wallpaper. And what a unique way to use it.

Annie says:

I came across this wallpaper (from Quercus & Co.) months before I found the dresser. Blue is my favorite color and the hand-painted tapestry design is beautiful. It reminds me of the quilts my mom makes. Knowing I wanted to use it in the future, I went ahead and ordered it. Then this dresser popped up on craigslist shortly after, so it seemed like kismet. The price was great around $20 and it came from a source we've used before and enjoy.

It required quite a bit of work though. Gluing, screwing, vigorous sanding, and drawer glide work to be exact. The wallpaper, so as not to be ruined, was trimmed and fitted just-so on the fronts to avoid damage from use which took some time. The milk paint is a custom shade I created with leftovers from other projects. It took a few tries to get the color I wanted. A few coats of hemp oil finished it off along with the original wooden knobs. Keeping those felt like the right thing to do on this one.

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Thank you Annie!

(Image credits: Annie Witkamp)