Saving Dixie The Dresser – Part Four: The Reveal

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The day has finally come! Dixie the dresser is ready for her big reveal! If you are just joining in on this makeover project, hurry on over to

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to find out why I am so excited!  The work was well worth the effort and I couldn’t be more pleased with the final result.

To refresh your memory, this is what we started with:

picture of an old dresser in garage

An old lady of a dresser, with nice lines and good bones, but she had seen better days, no doubt! But even though she was clearly in need of some serious TLC, it was obvious that she would be stunning once I accomplished everything I had planned for her. Added bonus: all of her hardware was in place!

I had had a vision of a piece just like her for some time. From the color, I was going to paint her right down to the finishing touches. All I was missing was the actual dresser. So when Mr. WittyGritty sent me a pic of this garage sale find, I jumped at the chance. I knew this was exactly the piece I had been looking for. He brought her home to me later that same day.

There are a ton of inspirational photos on Pinterest, I actually have a very similar, but smaller, dresser gracing my foyer. I love the overall style, size, and details of this one. What I didn’t love were the various dings, dents, scratches, gouges, crusty looking hardware and what I call “fly poop” finish. You know the kind that is supposed to give the piece an aged look, but misses it by a mile?

But I knew all along none of those were obstacles that couldn’t be overcome by elbow grease, wood filler, and paint.

And if I am going to put my heart and soul a project like this, I want it to have a few little extra details that would really make the final result feel special.

Alright, you have been patient enough. Would you like to see how she turned out? I present to you the new and much improved Dixie the dresser!

picture of teal dresser with gold hardware and tassels

Quite the improvement, yes? I am completely smitten by the teal and gold combo. Just as I had pictured it!

I love this color! Yes, it is strong and vibrant, but really works very much as a neutral. It pairs well with pale colors such as the beautiful blush pink shade that seems to be everywhere right now. And then it plays well with gorgeous jewel tones. Not sure yet, which way I’m leaning with my master bedroom makeover, I plan to live with it until next Spring to come up with a great design plan. I’ll keep you posted. On to more pics!

picture of teal drawers with gold hardware

I couldn’t be happier with how nicely the hardware turned out!

These tassels have been sitting in my sewing box for years just waiting for a special assignment like this.

picture of teal dresser door with gold hardware and gold tassels

And what’s behind the door? Another little detail. Fun, isn’t it?

picture of inside dresser drawers with various gold patterns


Not to gild the lily or anything, but I love lined drawers. I just never liked lining them – until now. Yep, I finally figured out a way to make it easy! Tutorial on how to do it coming soon!

picture of inside dresser drawers and liners


It’s so easy to do, I had all the drawers lined in no time flat!

picture of liners inside dresser drawers


And the best part? They are removable!

picture of top of dresser with drawer insert on top

What do you think? Didn’t she turn out beautiful? Not bad for a $20 garage sale find. Dixie will live to see many more happy days in her made over glory. Actually, I love how she turned out so much, I am already scouting for the next piece.

Are you feeling inspired? Thank you for following along on this little makeover journey!

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