The other day, I painted a dresser. I’ve felt so much better every time I look at it ever since.
You don’t often get to see in our bedroom because it’s half-torn apart and also not really a renovating priority right now, but that’s where the dresser is, so today’s your lucky day!
I did the most boring, unimaginative thing to it: I painted it white and stuck on some new hardware, and I couldn’t be happier with it.
And the white? It’s not even a cool distressed chalk-paint antique white, in fact it’s the opposite. I went completely un-trendy and did it in a super duper glossy shiny bright white.
I needed that.
Here’s how it looked before:
Don’t you love how much junk fell out of the drawers in just the one year we’ve been here? We don’t even use this dresser that much, in fact it’s going to be going upstairs into the room we’ve just started working on.
It was given to us by a friend who was moving a couple of years ago and we were just holding on to it until we got around to fixing it up.
Living in this house that’s mostly kind of trashed, hasn’t been renovated for about 30-40 years in a lot of the rooms, with all these dark finishes that never seem to be really clean kind of gets to me sometimes. Or a lot of the time.
While I love rustic finishes on just about anything, I’ve been craving the feeling of a bright, clean house lately. You can see why from just this little glimpse of our room.
So I painted the dresser white and got shiny bright new hardware for it too!
I just feel so much better.
And I bet it’s was way cheaper than any hour of therapy too!
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.