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Before and After: This Dresser Hack Involves Peel-and-Stick Products

updated May 3, 2019
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Although her two classic cherry wood dressers looked great for their age, Lindsey of Repurpose and Recycle wanted to style them to fit in with the rest of her modern farmhouse bedroom. They’ve been in the family since the ’80s, so it’s no wonder they needed a bit of an update. The Restoration Hardware Printmaker’s collection gave her the inspiration, but the result was two totally original, unique pieces of furniture.

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Including dry time, the entire project took a little over a day to complete. After painting the frames of the old dressers black, Lindsey had the clever idea to apply Stikwood to the outside of the drawers. The adhesive planks of real wood are ridiculously simple to use: All she had to do was cut the planks down to the size of the drawers with a table saw, peel off the backing, and press the planks onto the drawers. Lindsey did it all herself, with no surprises or setbacks.

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The light wood coordinates with the rest of the room and the drawer pulls perfectly match the hardware on the Restoration Hardware furniture. The dark and light contrast attracts the eye and adds dimension to the room. If she could do things over, however, Lindsey says she would paint the dressers dark green instead of black.

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Instead of spending thousands of dollars replacing the dressers, Lindsey spent a little over $200 making over her sturdy set. The fact that these drawers will probably live to be middle-aged is a true testament to the value of giving quality antique furniture a simple makeover.

Thanks Lindsey!