Before & After: From Faux Finish Fail to Fabulous

Before & After: From Faux Finish Fail to Fabulous

Colleen Quinn
Sep 28, 2011

How Vivienne managed to look at this sponge-painted dresser and visualize something fabulous is extraordinary in and of itself. Most of us would see that dresser in a Craigslist ad and laugh that the seller expected to get $25 for it, but Vivienne knew that underneath that faux finish nightmare stood a solid piece of furniture with clean lines that would work in her cabin home.

Vivienne used chemical stripper and a wire brush to strip off all the ugly acrylic paint, the polished dark wood. She then scoured eBay for pieces of cowhide to cover the drawer fronts. Finishing off the project with nailhead trim, Vivienne created a one of a kind piece that worked perfectly in her cabin. When she eventually sold the cabin, she loved this piece so much she took it back to her home where it serves as a buffet in her dining room. This is a great project for anyone who loves the idea of cowhide but doesn't have the space or budget for a whole one.

For more information and pictures of this transformation, check out Holy Cowhide! A Dresser Makeover on her blog The V Spot.

Images: Vivienne at The V Spot.

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