The Dresser

by Chris on February 2, 2009

After stalking Sarah and hailing Joyce, I got my own dresser. Remember this?

I found baskets, but I didn’t like the shade. So..I painted them.
I present you with the final product!

Apparently, replacing a drawer with baskets is a LOT more work than it seems. I had to have the wood cut, I had to paint it, I had to buy brackets to put the wood in place, and my husband had to fight with it to make it level. NOT as easy as it would seem.
However, it was totally worth it. I’m still debating whether I want to keep it white or paint it cream to match my table and chairs. The weather has made me keep it white for now.
Remember those Christmas baskets I bought for .50 cents? Here they are in their green glory.
This was supposed to be for my kids’ supplies, but it’s turned into my craftroom on legs. If they’re lucky, they’ll get the top baskets, I guess.
Was the reveal worth the wait? Probably not. Was it worth it having a dresser in my kitchen? Totally.


~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ February 2, 2009 at 1:59 am

Wow! I really, really love it!!

julie & joe February 2, 2009 at 2:04 am

It looks great!

Audrey February 2, 2009 at 2:08 am

I think it looks really great!! I really love how your baskets turned out as well :-)

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest February 2, 2009 at 2:16 am

I think it’s great!

Maureen February 2, 2009 at 2:25 am

so. very. cool.

Kelly February 2, 2009 at 2:29 am

I think it was worth all the effort. This is so nice! ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

~Mommy+Me~ February 2, 2009 at 2:33 am

It’s cute. I thought for sure you were going to have the jar of crayons on top. ;)

Kacey R. February 2, 2009 at 2:36 am

Love it!

The Golf Widow February 2, 2009 at 2:38 am

LOVE, LOVE LOVE IT! I stalked this dresser on It got aweful reviews about quality so I did not order it, but yours looks great.Do you think it could hold up to little ones?

Nikki February 2, 2009 at 2:58 am

Love it! I’m having dresser envy right now!

karlene February 2, 2009 at 2:59 am

oh, I LOVE it, you did a great job!

ermakaluso February 2, 2009 at 3:02 am

Love it! What kind of paint did you use for the baskets??

the Mrs. of the House February 2, 2009 at 3:09 am

That looks fantastic! I really love it!
Now, come on over here and fix up my old dresser that way…

I’m in warm sunny Florida! :)

Lisha February 2, 2009 at 3:11 am

I love the white! it looks so clean and fresh! I love it love it love it!! :)

Lisa February 2, 2009 at 3:19 am


Betsy February 2, 2009 at 3:19 am

Could not have come out any better. looks amazing.

Deb February 2, 2009 at 3:22 am

Love it, love it, love it!! I would definitely keep it white. Love how the baskets just totally change the look. Nice job with that.

Blissful Nikki February 2, 2009 at 3:22 am

this is an amazing transformation! GREAT job!! :)

Caren February 2, 2009 at 3:24 am

Looks really pretty. Nice job!

Ferrill February 2, 2009 at 3:39 am

It looks fabulous!

Amber February 2, 2009 at 3:42 am

It looks REALLY, really great!

Just wanted to let you know that I tagged you on my blog. :)

"Hello... It's Me Again..." February 2, 2009 at 3:47 am

I love it! Great job!!!


Jodee Leader February 2, 2009 at 3:47 am

I love it!

DomesticDivasFancy February 2, 2009 at 3:48 am

It looks awesome! So worth it I’m sure. I like it white.

sandra/tx February 2, 2009 at 3:49 am

That was totally worth the wait. I love it! It’d also make a great kitchen island. So many uses for that piece.

TMS February 2, 2009 at 3:51 am

That looks worth TONS of money!! LOVE IT!

monica February 2, 2009 at 4:14 am

I like it… A LOT!

I think it looks great white.

~ Jamie ~ February 2, 2009 at 5:31 am

All I can say is Awesome! Seriously, awesome! Love it! Great job!

Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista February 2, 2009 at 5:34 am

Very cute…the baskets are awesome!

HouseMama February 2, 2009 at 5:58 am

It looks great (whatever color you decide on).

Nora February 2, 2009 at 6:17 am

I love it. The baskets complete the look.

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful February 2, 2009 at 6:34 am

LOVE IT! My buffet in my kitchen is my craft room on wheels and it rocks my world. Every time I open my “ribbon drawer” I feel giddy!

Victoria February 2, 2009 at 7:19 am

This is cool! I have a craft-and-everything-else dresser/desk that I painted peacock blue. It is so handy to have the drawers. I like your basket replacement idea.

The background here is beautiful, by the way.

Sandy Toes February 2, 2009 at 10:18 am looks great!!!
-sandy toe

Willo February 2, 2009 at 12:21 pm

It is beautiful! And I love the idea of a dresser in the kitchen!

Julie February 2, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Chris I love it! It looks great with the baskets. I’m looking for one to put my tv on I may have to take out a drawer and put in baskets too.
have a great day

Shay February 2, 2009 at 12:47 pm

It looks really good! it was worth the wait :)

Astrid February 2, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Chris- it looks awesome!

But….you’ve got me wondering…why replace the top drawer with baskets? Just for appearance? Or did you have an issue with that top drawer? Just curious. It looks beautiful!

Janene February 2, 2009 at 1:14 pm

I just added you to my favs because I was fascinated by this dresser. It turned out fantastic!
What a wonderfully repurposed dresser!
You and your hubby did a great job!

Twice as Nice February 2, 2009 at 2:11 pm

It looks great. My only suggestion would be to think about replacing the drawer pulls with something similar to the drawer pulls you have in the kitchen. It may give it a less dresser look. I really do love it and would like one for my breakfast room.

Sherri S February 2, 2009 at 2:17 pm

I LOVE it! Adore it. Actually I’m coveting it, if I am honest ’bout it. Would look great in my new studio. Finding a spot for it might be an issue. Heck, I’ll just toss out the bed. Send it on to Gawga! teehee! Thanks for sharing.

Kristin February 2, 2009 at 2:51 pm

I love it! Actually I really like it in white! I am already contemplating what I might put in a dresser like that! Hmmm!

Kelli February 2, 2009 at 3:10 pm

I LOVE it! This is such a cool place to keep supplies. I have been trying to think of something for my daughter’s art stuff and I might have to do something similar.

Michelle February 2, 2009 at 3:34 pm

We have an old dresser in our kitchen as well. It was one my husbands grandfather made when he was ten. It’s a little wobbly, but it’s so wonderful. We keep all our napkins, napkin rings, season table decor, etc in there. I like the idea or having craft storeage in the kitchen. I have my own craft room but I always end up painting on the kitchen counter.

Sweet Bunny February 2, 2009 at 5:03 pm

It looks lovely and organized! Can’t beat that!

The Brown Box February 2, 2009 at 6:52 pm

I love it–what a great idea! Now, I need to buy me an old dresser!

Kristin February 2, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Dang that looks good! Not so sure I’d go through all the work for it…but that’s just cause I’m lazy! ;) Really looks great, though; I think I’ll keep my eyes open to see if I come across a cool dresser at Goodwill or a garage sale.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! February 2, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Man!! Who’d a thunk it! It REALLY looks great. And how functional is that??! Perfect!

To The Moon and Back February 2, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Chris this looks great! LOVE IT! Can you tell me what paint you used for the baskets?

CocoJ126 February 2, 2009 at 7:13 pm

the dresser looks great hard work pays off…that includes bugging a hubbie and

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Shannon February 2, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Totally worth it and very cute!!

Mimi Sue February 3, 2009 at 1:37 am

Here’s my 2 cents worth. Love how it turned out. Mimi

The Smith Family February 3, 2009 at 2:57 am

I wish I could be creative. I really am going to try this year. I think the dresser looks AWESOME! I love checking out your blog to see what neat things you’ve done!! Keep it up girl!!!

tales from an O.C. cottage February 3, 2009 at 4:27 am

TOTALLY!!!! Love it!!

M ^..^

(and that you are Anne Elliot! I never see that!)

M ^..^

Janiece February 3, 2009 at 5:17 am

I love your blog!
and the dresser…cream
I did borrow on of your link buttons.
Cute, Cute Blog

Jenny February 3, 2009 at 6:12 am

I love it!

Mandi February 3, 2009 at 12:34 pm

It really turned out great! Definitely worth the work in my opinion!

Kaitlyn February 3, 2009 at 7:26 pm

That looks so great! Love it :)

Barnes Yard February 3, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Oh Love it!! It does seem like it would be easy…Thanks for trying it out for us :)

Emily February 3, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Love what you did with the dresser. After seeing this I think I’m going to try making over a metal filing cabinet.

MeganSloan February 4, 2009 at 12:34 am

I like it! If I can find a long dresser, I’d want to do that for a buffet in my dining room … I have an empty wall! Great job!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie February 4, 2009 at 2:55 am

Look at all the organization! Rock on!

Kim @ Forever Wherever February 4, 2009 at 5:29 am

It looks great! I wouldn’t think it would be that much trouble to put the baskets in either. Oh well, it sure looks great now!

Suzanne February 4, 2009 at 11:37 pm

It looks amazing. Now I want one.

The Stewarts February 6, 2009 at 1:15 am

I gotta know where you got that dresser – it’s exactly what I’m looking for my entry way.

Tammy February 11, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Hi, I love your blog! I found it through Layla’s. I had seen what your “inspiration” piece was before I had seen what you had done and have done a version of it as well. I just love how reading yours and other blogs gets my creative juices flowing, thanks!!

Aunt Spicy February 13, 2009 at 4:17 am

Definitely worth it!

Magic Brush February 17, 2009 at 2:38 am

Love the dresser…. I have a love affair with furniture that I can buy and paint/redo. Pretty! Pretty! Glad I found you today from Girly Stuff. The Magic Brush

shortmama April 16, 2009 at 6:13 am

Gorgeous! I need those kind of redos!

Tanielle April 16, 2009 at 6:57 am

So gorgeous!!!! I love it!

JamieH April 16, 2009 at 7:16 am

That’s a really AWESOME idea! We have something similar to that in our kitchen/dining area too.

Mrs. Jelly Belly April 16, 2009 at 7:50 am

What a GREAT idea – love it!

cat April 16, 2009 at 8:08 am

Oh that looks great! I have an old cupboard that I want to arrange for craft stuff.

Hillori April 16, 2009 at 10:35 am

I need you to come to my house and help me!

mommytoalot April 16, 2009 at 10:42 am

Looks fantastic

Fresh Mommy April 16, 2009 at 11:04 am

Wow, that looks wonderful!!!! What a great job! It looks awesome!!


The Daily Dear April 16, 2009 at 11:37 am

What a fun idea!

Lanie April 16, 2009 at 11:47 am


countryfriedmama April 16, 2009 at 11:48 am

I like it! I recently learned how much work the simplest project can be. Good for you getting this one done.

Creative Junkie April 16, 2009 at 12:02 pm

I would so love to have something like that in my bathroom! It’s beautiful!

Mikki Black April 16, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Congrats on your SITS feature. The dresser is very very nice. It turned out beautifully.

Pam April 16, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Happy SITS day! The dresser looks great!

Mimi April 16, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Beautiful. It looks like it was worth all of the hard work.

Cindy April 16, 2009 at 12:14 pm

What a great idea! Happy SITS day!

sandy April 16, 2009 at 12:14 pm

That’s beautiful!

Margaret April 16, 2009 at 12:16 pm

That is so pretty. I need one now.

Frugal Finds April 16, 2009 at 12:17 pm

I love what you have done!!! Great ideas that look fabulous!!

tammy April 16, 2009 at 12:19 pm

That looks really good!! Who would have thought taking a drawer out and adding baskets would be that kind of work, though. Looks like it was worth it. I love it!!

Farmgirl Paints April 16, 2009 at 12:33 pm

You always have great ideas. Congrats on SITS day!!

Trish April 16, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Your dresser looks great! I may have to try something like that in my granddaughter’s room.

Happy Thursday, SITSta!


My New 30 April 16, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Looks fantastic! Maybe you covered this elsewhere on your blog, but did you just remove the slider thingys that the dresser drawer would have glided on? Anyway, it turned out very nice!

Happy SITS Day!


Courtney D April 16, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Such an adorable project- seems worth the work to me! Visiting from SITS today-great blog!

What A Card April 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Definitely worth the work…it looks great with the baskets!

Toni April 16, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Wow that looks amazing!

Connie Weiss April 16, 2009 at 12:57 pm

That is adorable! I love it!

Charmaine April 16, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Gorgeous!! I’ve been looking for something to put in my kitchen for extra storage… I’m going to have to look around and see what I can find!

Laura April 16, 2009 at 1:10 pm

That was a great idea.

Hello from SITS!

Anita April 16, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Happy SITS day!
This is a great idea!

Momma Miller April 16, 2009 at 1:14 pm

I can’t tell you how excited I am to see this post. My daughter has a dresser that we got right when she was born. It’s a pretty nice dresser and was given to us as a hand-me-down from one of my old 2nd graders. Anyway, we’ve fixed the bottom drawer so many times, I’ve lost count. We were just about to give it way because we’re tired of fixing the drawer. But now I know we can try the basket idea. It looks so nice and I really think it will be functional (especially if we use it in the toy area!). Thanks! And HAPPY SITS DAY!


Reluctant Housewife April 16, 2009 at 1:16 pm

I love that. It’s a great idea to replace a drawer with baskets.

I need a craft dresser. Yesterday. I’ll have to add it to my wish list.

Natalie April 16, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Happy SITS day!!
You are A.MAZ.ING!!
I was going through some of your past posts, I’m just in awe of your talent!!

Jenny-Jenny April 16, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Fun, and inspiring!

Rachel April 16, 2009 at 1:45 pm

It looks great and very organized! I could use something like that to help with the pile of boxes of craft/scrapbooking stuff in my room!

Industrioushead April 16, 2009 at 1:48 pm

This is a very cute idea! The baskets give the chest a more interesting look. Happy SITS day!

Momma-of-5 April 16, 2009 at 1:48 pm

That’s adorable! I’ve always wanted to try do do that with a dresser, but I’ve never found baskets that fit right.

(Visiting from SITS)

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes April 16, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Okay sure..dresser..fabulous. But even more I love those things on top of the dresser..where did you get those?

Mandy April 16, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Awesome! I would never have thought to remove a drawer and replace it with baskets. They look really great! Congrats on being featured!

Brandy April 16, 2009 at 2:01 pm

happy SITS day. love love love the dresser. now come do my house.

koopermom April 16, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Looks great! I have a dresser in my dining room that I painted lime green.

Reeni♥ April 16, 2009 at 2:07 pm

I love it!!!

mrs zeee April 16, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Ok, totally not blowing smoke here: THIS IS A GREAT IDEA!!
I have an old dresser whose drawers refuse to open. I am gonna rip that sucker out and add baskets. Thanks for sharing!!

Kasey April 16, 2009 at 2:20 pm

That looks great! I like how you used the baskets. It gives the dresser a totally different look.

Kelly Deneen April 16, 2009 at 2:27 pm

I love it!!! Now I have an idea what I might do with my daughter’s dresser that has a broken top drawer. hmmm….

Joy April 16, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Clever and stylish!

Congrats on your SITS day!

Tiffany April 16, 2009 at 2:43 pm

That’s great! I could use something like that in my dining room to tidy things up.

Our Crazy Life April 16, 2009 at 2:58 pm

What a cute idea and your work is beautiful! Congrats on being the featured blogger on SITS today!!

Jaden Paige April 16, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I love the way this looks! And the baskets in the top really make it :) Awesome!

greedygrace April 16, 2009 at 3:01 pm

love this! So neat yet simple!

Happy SITS Day!

Rbarakat April 16, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Great job! Love it!Happy SIts day!

Tara April 16, 2009 at 3:12 pm

BEEUUUTIFUL!!! love it!

Cammie April 16, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Super cute, and before reading everything I thought WOW, that looks easy. not so much huh? heehee
Happy SITS day

Controlling My Chaos April 16, 2009 at 3:21 pm

It’s gorgeous. Happy SITS Day!

Brandy April 16, 2009 at 3:34 pm

That’s just gorgeous!

C.G. the Foodie April 16, 2009 at 3:44 pm

I wish I had your skills!

Linda Hughes April 16, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Wonderful! What a great idea! One more reason you should be featured on SITS!

Amy April 16, 2009 at 3:54 pm

That is a great way to keep things all together.

Angie Marion April 16, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Love your idea! Visiting from SiTS!

Days of Whine & Noses April 16, 2009 at 4:08 pm

WOW! That is so cool!

Happy SITS day :)

Libby April 16, 2009 at 4:30 pm

I really love this. How cute! I would keep it white, it looks very crisp and fresh (very shabby chic). I want to do this in my bedroom now, thanks for the idea!

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge April 16, 2009 at 4:36 pm

The dresser is really nice. And, I think dressers are completely underrated as furniture for other rooms. We have a nice dresser in our living room to serve as the place where our TV goes, along with picture frames. In the drawers we keep kids toys and movies/DVD’s. SO functional. Plus, if we ever want to move it, we can use it someplace else (unlike an entertainment center!)

Happy SITS day!

christy rose April 16, 2009 at 4:47 pm

It looks Great!

Jennifer Juniper April 16, 2009 at 5:07 pm

It’s so funny to click on this from SITS when I’ve already loved and admired it! Great job, if I didn’t tell you before :)

Heather April 16, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Love it!

Marrdy April 16, 2009 at 5:24 pm

What a cute idea. Need to show this to my daughter.

meghanwelch April 16, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Great job! I love the baskets!

carma April 16, 2009 at 5:56 pm

veerry nice!

Nikki April 16, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Came from SITS.
Tell your hubby great job for it looks beautiful!

Aubrey April 16, 2009 at 6:38 pm

I think it looks great! I love the idea of baskets instead of a drawer!

Amy April 16, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Very inspiring and oh so cute!

Happy SITS day!

{Katie Lane} April 16, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Too cute!

Blicky Kitty April 16, 2009 at 7:33 pm

That looks gorgeous! It looks super stylish, like it came that way. I have totally clean house envy! :)

Rachel April 16, 2009 at 7:38 pm

I love it… so cute. P.S. I “stalk” Cherry’s Jubilee too. Isn’t she inspirational?

Mariel April 16, 2009 at 7:47 pm

I like it white! Looks good with your trim and is a contrast against the wall. Great job!


Muppet Soul April 16, 2009 at 7:49 pm

INSANELY jealous of those craft drawers…

Ahh, to have organized paint…

Stephanie @ April 16, 2009 at 8:21 pm

It looks great. Enjoy

Amy April 16, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Congrats on being a SITS feature! I’ve been here before and will keep coming back! :)

A Mommy in Jeans and High Heels April 16, 2009 at 8:44 pm

That’s absolutely gorgeous!! What a fantastic idea! Dropping by from SITS!!

Anne April 16, 2009 at 8:50 pm

That looks great!! I love the organization. :D

Also – I LOVE your blog design!!

Grand Pooba April 16, 2009 at 9:14 pm

That looks awesome!! I love all things organized, I get high off that stuff.

Great job!

Delectable Dining April 16, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Great ideas and the finished product is so cute! I am definitely going to have to try this.

Ali April 16, 2009 at 10:09 pm

I never thought it would have been that involved either! Good to know!

Tranquility April 16, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Wow – that project turned out so well! I love those little green baskets – so handy!

Lavender n Lattés April 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Wow – it really looks great! I love projects like that.

Sara April 17, 2009 at 12:27 am

Looks awesome! Great job.

Merrily Down the Stream April 17, 2009 at 12:28 am

Oh to be organized… Happy SITS

Taryn April 17, 2009 at 12:54 am

I AM SO GLAD YOU ARE THE SITS GAL TODAY! I’ve been following ya for a while, and you TOTALLY DESERVE IT, Darling!
And, the dresser is gorgeous! As always, thanks for sharing!


Rae Ann April 17, 2009 at 1:03 am

Happy SITS Day!

What a gorg dresser. It looks totally professional. Wow!

Leslie April 17, 2009 at 1:10 am


Zeemaid April 17, 2009 at 1:42 am

Love it. It’s totally gorgeous. I’d like to do something like that for my bathroom/laundry room. I never would have thought about taking the drawer out and putting baskets in. Too cool.

Happy SITS Day! :)

*Megan* April 17, 2009 at 1:43 am

Wow that is a beautiful dresser! And I never thought about removing a draw and putting baskets, what a neat idea!

Stesha April 17, 2009 at 1:44 am

You are so creative. I would keep it white for now too. If only I could have your design skills.

Hugs and Mocha,

Jeanne Finelli, RN April 17, 2009 at 2:11 am

Your finished dresser is so pretty. Making something unique is a lot of work, but the results will make you happy everytime you look at it.

StampinMom April 17, 2009 at 2:34 am

Like the baskets in there…I might have to try that one out.

Jamie :-)

Michelle April 17, 2009 at 3:36 am

That sounds like me. I’m still trying to figure out why it would be difficult to put baskets in ;) And this is why I don’t do crafty! Or tech, for that matter.

Vickie April 17, 2009 at 3:36 am

Happy SITS day! I like the dresser with the baskets. I need to use something like this for my craft supplies.

jubilee April 17, 2009 at 3:53 am

I love to see such creativity. Feeds the soul, you know?!

Sparcam April 17, 2009 at 4:01 am

Gorgeous! So worth it, I’d imagine! Happy SITs Day!

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" April 17, 2009 at 4:11 am

I love that! It looks great white, since it matches your trim. Stopping by from SITS!

Gamma Sharon April 17, 2009 at 6:27 am

What a great idea! I think it looks fabulous!

Again, Congrats on being the FB.

bluntdelivery April 17, 2009 at 6:33 am

congrats on SITS! love what you did!

Mandy April 17, 2009 at 11:39 am

Happy Belated SITS day to you! What a great idea!!

Susan April 17, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Stopping By From SITS a day late…the dresser looks very cool. I love the baskets in the top drawer spot.
Hope you had a great SITS day.

Tonya April 17, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I love it! Now I want one! :)

Mom April 17, 2009 at 9:05 pm

What a great idea. And it’s beautiful!

Stop by and visit.

schleifmama April 19, 2009 at 6:53 am

Just joined SITS and checking out some posts – I loved your Dresser. Glad you mentioned the hard work it took or I’d just pull the drawers out and hope for the best!

Shannon April 21, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Very nice!

I’m very late… but hope you enjoyed your SITS day!

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