Monthly Archives: March 2014

Before and After: Oak Dresser

Sue is our Store Credit Queen. She’s always bringing us bundles of goodies to sell and turning her store credit into fun, one-of-a-kind projects. This time Sue really outdid herself. She took a gorgeous antique bonnet dresser (which she purchased in our “Clearance Zone”) and gave it a whole new life! It really did need some TLC, but we think this lovely, curvaceous dresser was well-worth the effort.

BeforeSue originally planned to re-stain this classic piece, but reconsidered after further inspection. It seems that it had been painted white and then stripped. There was some waxy finish applied after this process which would have made re-staining more difficult. You can never really know for sure what happened in the previous lives of antique furniture, but who doesn’t like a little mystery, right? And of course this staining road-block didn’t stop our creative friend, Sue. She decided to take things in a completely different contemporary direction and turned to our friends at Funky Fresh for some inspiration. She purchased CeCe Caldwell’s chalk paint and got to DIY-ing! She sanded and applied a dark stain to just the top surface of the dresser which adds some nice contrast to her creation. After painting, the dresser was slightly distressed for a shabby chic quality.

Check out that snazzy new knob. Gotta love furniture bling!

Check out that snazzy new knob. Gotta love furniture bling!

This antique bonnet dresser has had a very successful adoption process. She now resides comfortably in Sue’s bathroom. Her hobbies include holding toiletries and bath towels, meditation, and day dreaming about her past lives, which began around the turn of the century. And look at her! She’s still kicking! We wonder where she will end up next….


Thank you for reading and remember that you too can earn $5 in store credit and be Mimi’s-famous. All you need to do is send us “before and after” photos of your very own Mimi’s  transformation and tell us a bit about how it was done. Hope you enjoyed this edition of Mimi’s “Before and After”!


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