Before & After: Rescuing a Dumpster Dive Dresser

published Aug 24, 2012
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(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

It is obvious that Karen must a dedicated DIYer with an artist’s eye if she could find the beauty in this dilapidated dresser. Her father-in-law rescued this dresser from the dumpster knowing that Karen would be able bring this piece back to life.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

After waiting for inspiration to strike, Karen got to work scraping and stripping and sanding to remove the layers of peeling paint. She then painted the dresser in a slate grey and created a pattern to help celebrate her 19th wedding anniversary. Karen used chalk to sketch two lilies (her wedding flower), then used a permanent paint pen to draw the final outline. Rather than fill in the outline with paint, she chose instead to sand inside, allowing the natural wood tones to shine through as the body of the flower. The end result is a far cry from the dumpster find!

(Images: Karen Chudy/Art is Beauty)