Before and After: A Colorful Painted Dresser-turned-Changing Table Makeover

Before and After: A Colorful Painted Dresser-turned-Changing Table Makeover

This Mid-Century dresser recently got a kid-friendly makeover and second life as a changing table. What do you think of the transformation?     


Herringbone meets chevron meets ombre: this furniture makeover has it all. While I LOVE the before, this playful, patterned version is perfect for a nursery. See more on Ciburbanity and let us know what you think!

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Anonymous on Aug 18, 2013:

Poor dresser. It survived all these years, and now it's been painted. A shame.

Laura on Jun 20, 2013:

I think you did a great job! I love how you took the pattern and made it your own. The colors you used and the way you used them are so lovely. I hope you sealed that paint job so that it will remain beautiful for years to come. I think that dresser is going to be loved for years and years.

Kelli on Jun 14, 2013:

You know what, it's adorable. Why anyone would take the time to post anything negative clearly has nothing better to do. People, do not 'yuck' someone else's ' yum'! Charlotte, Life is too short to care what other people think -- FEE (F*** Everyone Else!)

Christy on Jun 12, 2013:

Get over it, people! It's not sac religious to paint wood! She wanted a funky look. Not every stick of furniture is so PRECIOUS that it can't be painted! The comments about snobs are dead on. And I get the impression that the Anonymous comments above are all from the same person!

Charlotte@Ciburbanity on Jun 12, 2013:

Just to chime in.... the dresser certainly has nice lines, but it was nothing special or extraordinary from a furniture/ vintage point of view.  At least not that I noticed... I definitely checked for makers marks, etc.  The reality is that I was simply looking for something with the right shape and this fit the bill.  And I believe it was made in Vermont!

Anonymous on Jun 12, 2013:

I kind of liked the original.  Now the nice lines of the piece are obscured.  

Anonymous on Jun 12, 2013:

My eyes hurt.  I'm glad you like it, but wish you'd done it to an unfinished piece of new pine furniture (easy to come by)...

MotherLodeBeth on Jun 11, 2013:

I think it looks lovely and it's YOUR piece of furniture.  Would I have painted it?

Probably not, simply because I love Danish modern, mid century clean classic furniture.  And we tend to have quality pieces that we work around, by changing the window coverings, slip covers on chairs etc.

The other issue is how expensive was the original dresser? Lots of knock offs that looked expensive but were not. And you can always have the piece dippped and paint removed.

Mary on Jun 11, 2013:

Lovely - looks like you put a lot of hard work into it. Ignore the haters - it's your dresser, and your vision. The internet is full of taste snobs.

Karyn on Jun 11, 2013:

It doesn't matter if you 'into vintage' or not. There are plenty of pieces of unfinished or Ikea furniture that you can slap paint on. Shouldn't do that to a vintage piece. 

Anonymous on Jun 11, 2013:

The dresser was beautiful before - painting it ruined it.  I could understand if the wood was in bad shape or whatever, but it was a beautiful piece as it was!

Paula on Jun 11, 2013:

Breaks my heart to see that piece painted. What a shame.

Anonymous on Jun 11, 2013:

Anyone not into vintage is welcome to procure their furniture at the closest IKEA.  What a shame, a beautiful piece ruined.

Anon on Jun 11, 2013:

How sad to ruin a beautiful dresser like that! :-(

fairladyinsocal on Jun 11, 2013:

I love the AFTER....and as Felicia said, "not everyone is into vintage".  To me, the reddish tone of the piece "before" is not pleasing.

Anonymous on Jun 11, 2013:

Original was probably worth quite a bit of money. Now not so much.

Anonymous on Jun 11, 2013:

Crying shame!!! Original was a beautiful piece.

Anonymous on Jun 11, 2013:

What a shame to paint that piece! Original was in super shape.

Anonymous on Jun 11, 2013:

Mid century modern is so hot right now and that was a beautiful piece.  What a shame!

Felicia on Jun 11, 2013:

For me if the chevrons were all the same, in any of the combinations, it would be better but i think it's a great piece.

And to Anyoymous, not everyone is into vintage.

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