Monday, February 10, 2014

Office Dresser Reveal...Finally

Phew...I figured I'd better get this one posted before this snowmaggedon hits...especially since I'm sure you're all on the edge of your seat waiting to see it....

Well, here's the before...I won't spend a lot of time get it...

We cut the old apron off and ripped it down so it was a straight piece and a little more modern. We also cut the sides/legs off....and here's where I was in a panic because it stayed like this for a few weeks...

This dresser was my mom's and mine as a kid.  It wasn't fancy...and I had redone it before....but I wanted to try something else with it...

I swear I took photos of the dresser as I was prying the old tile off but I can't find them...they weren't that interesting anyway...just messy....and loud :)

Then, we added some support underneath so that we could attach these cool plates (you can find them at Lowes next to the legs) - we also re-used some of the old wood as a spacer/more support...

I've talked about tiling/mosaics before in this post - M is for Mosaic basically you want to choose your tile - I chose a marble mosaic from Lowes - I think it was $11 or $12 a sheet.   

Spread on mastic (tile adhesive) - lay your tile - clean off any adhesive that might have gotten on the tile (grout will stick to it)

Wait 24 hours...grout over the tile....andddd you're done! (sounds easy huh? :) ) 

This may drive you crazy...the un-eveness of it all.  It doesn't bother me too much - it seems to happen with mosaic sheets (where the tile is already attached to a mesh backing) - if it drives you crazy you can peel them off the backing and lay

This is the tough part...getting the grout along the edges...I say a lot of choice words during this part of the process....


I used a new paint called Velvet Finishes in Timeless.  I also purchased a smaller container of Handsome but it had a bit of a greener-blue look to me so I'll use that on another project. 

Next..I decided to try O'verlays.  Have you heard of them?  They're panels that you can use to customize furniture - most of their pieces are made to fit Ikea pieces perfectly - but in my case they created custom-sized panels to fit my dresser.

My O'verlays are the Gracie style - I thought they looked pretty classic.  They're having a Valentine's day sale too - 15% off...they have tons of ideas on their site too - you could use O'verlays to jazz up a mirror, closet door panels...ceilings...tons of possibilities.

My makeshift drying rack...

Now, here's where I panicked again because I used too much Liquid nails to attach the O'verlays to the dresser front - they warn against this in the directions...btw.  But I persevered don't you worry...

I wanted to have an accent color so I used the navy paint from my Master Bedroom in the center circles.  I lined up the O'verlays and drew the inside circles...this was a great plan until the liquid nails seeped out and I had to paint over it....sheesh. 

So, I still have some work to do on touch-ups and painting more of the drawers.  But I wanted to share the mostly-finished product since I've been talking about it for-EVER.

Now...I will commence with a million beauty shots of the finished dresser:

Hope you have a great week!
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Miss Mustard Seed


  1. It looks great! Wonderful job, the tile is gorgeous.

  2. Thanks so much, I really appreciate it!