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May 24, 2017

Dramatic (and Thrifty) DIY “Makeunder”

Last month, I brought a very simple “makeover” to The Good Life Blog – a quick and easy project using just spray paint and some additional hardware. In fact, a LOT of my projects are makeovers that involve paint…but this month? This month, I’m working in the opposite direction…by removing paint from this little desktop chest of drawers that I found at Goodwill!


I am *always* drawn to mini drawer sets like this…there are so many small bits you can store in them! But I didn’t really care for the dowdy still-life paint job across the front. So, I decided to roll up my sleeves, pry off the drawer pulls, and use my orbital sander to remove the paint.


And as you can see, there’s nice pale, bare wood underneath! It took an evening in my garage to sand everything down, but I’m pretty sure it was worth it.


Once all the surfaces were bare and wiped down of sawdust, I gave everything two coats of wood stain in a rich honey brown.


After the stain had dried overnight, I gave the stained surfaces a single coat of polyurethane, to seal in the stain and to give it a satiny sheen.

Isn’t that a tremendous makeunder already? But now for the finishing touches – little finger pulls for each drawer that look like they came from a library card catalog!


Ta-da, the final result of my makeunder!! Can you stand it?? Since I love the look of a library card catalog but don’t have the budget for the real thing, I simply had to make my own. And now the fun part – filling it with small bits from my Craft Room…which can ALWAYS use more storage and organization improvements!


Craft on!



  1. Love it!

  2. Great job!!! Amazing, looks so different and better!