Before & After: A Beat Up Dresser Gets Chic Scandi Style

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(Image credit: Dana of Ember Furniture )

Dana became the proud owner of a very large, worn down dresser because she knew with a little love and guidance, it could really be something. Who knew that sanding, painting and hand crafting some leather straps really turned this situation around (Dana knew).

(Image credit: Dana of Ember Furniture )

From Dana: I bought this dresser for $40 from a man who likely picked it up off a curb. It was really heavy and I could tell that it had good bones but had no idea what was under the several layers of stubborn brown paint. I design and make mid-century modern and Scandinavian inspired furniture so I liked the overall shape and form. I could tell it just needed a makeover.

About two hours of sanding revealed a hardwood veneer and solid wood drawers. I was pleased to find the veneer on the top to be in great shape but the drawer fronts couldn’t be saved so I decided to paint them white. I made the leather pulls with scrap leather strap (that’s fun to say!) and brass screws.

(Image credit: Dana of Ember Furniture )

I love how the colour of the leather pulls matches the legs which I left with the original brown paint.

If I were to do it again I might use a stripper instead of sanding!

Words of advice for people who are considering tackling a similar project: Furniture shouldn’t be something that falls apart in a couple years and you just throw away. If you can find quality pieces that just need some love, go for it!

Thank you so much, Dana! You can see more photos on Dana’s Instagram.

Dana Nixon is the designer and maker of Ember Furniture in Calgary, AB. After completing her Visual Arts degree she obtained her Joinery/Cabinetmaker trade certificate in British Columbia. Dana makes every piece of furniture by hand. Her vision is to make quality design accessible to everyone.