Before & After: Rescuing a Dumpster Dive Dresser

Before & After: Rescuing a Dumpster Dive Dresser

Colleen Quinn
Aug 24, 2012

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.

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!

See more: Art is Beauty: Dumpster Dive to Dumpster Diva

(Images: Karen Chudy/Art is Beauty)

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