Mini Makeover- Lackluster to a Lacy Looker- Dresser Redo

Mini Makeover- Lackluster to a Lacy Looker- Dresser Redo

One of my favorite things to do is take something that most people see as ugly and make it something special and beautiful! And that’s what I did with a dingy old dresser I bought off craigslist for $35. Let’s take a look.

PS- Please try to ignore all the junk in the background. Ida Red is working on getting rid of some stuff.
This is actually a whole set-up I was working on, so you’ll also get to see some fun jewelry display ideas!
Here is a drawer before.
I laid some lace over top and sprayed some paint.
And I ended up with this!!!
I love how it turned out! I love lace in general but this painted pattern makes my heart go pitter patter!
Ida Red has a ton of necklaces and I needed an attractive way to display them. So, I used the back of an armoire, attached some silvery fabric, and screwed on some knobs. I love the full look of all these beautiful necklaces on display. This is a great way to organize your jewelry at home too!
On the table top I arranged a couple of cake stands, candle sticks, and a gold platter to beautifully display other lovely items.
A great way to hold bracelets- use old candle sticks!
So, let’s do a final before and after.
Now, Tim would like to play a friendly game of Where’s Waldo(Tim).
And one more.
So, what do you think? Do you love the lacy look with the gorgeous knobs and necklaces?

This article has 51 comments

  1. AlbeeLucky

    The lace is beautiful and I can’t believe it’s almost effortless. What a wonderful idea and I can’t wait to try this myself.

  2. The Milams

    I’ve been blog stalking you for a while now, and I am so impressed by your creativity! Lace for the dresser! Very original! Love seeing your projects!

  3. Becca

    I love this!!! I can not believe how easy it is. This isn’t really my husband’s taste, but that means that I could easily work it into the guest room! How cool! Thanks for sharing. I have been reading your blog for a while and I enjoy all the new things you come up with. Thanks!

  4. Kara Paslay

    Thanks ladies for your comments! I am so glad you all like it! And you can totally do this on your own- so I would love to see pictures if anyone tries it out!!!

    Laina- I used a silver spray paint. I started with gold, but it wasn’t quite enough contrast for me. I wanted you to be able to read that it was lace from a ways away.

  5. Dossa G

    Love love love this idea! Im going around my house looking at my furniture and armed with a spraycan and lace 😉 Had to share this idea at my blog, giving you and your site full credit of course!

    Thanks for an amazing blog and love all your creativity 🙂

    Best wishes from Iceland!

  6. Audra

    Simply divine. This is just gorgeous…I love how you left the rest of the dresser alone, just paying attention to the drawers. The contrast is fantastic.

  7. Anonymous

    I love this look. However, the cheap dresser i have that i want to redo isn’t real wood, i’m not sure how to explain it. It is also white. I can still paint it but what color would you suggest i paint over the lace? Or should i paint over the dresser another color other then white & then pick a color to paint the lace pattern? I wouldn’t be anonymous but i don’t have an account on this website.

  8. Whitney

    Oh. My. Word. I couldn’t love this any more. My heart wouldn’t be able to stand it! Thank you so much for this awesome idea! I really hope to implement it someday. If I do, I’ll let you know!

    You have a gift. 🙂

  9. Angela

    Wow! i totally think it would come out just as absolutely amazing as it has!!! Well done – it is stunning 🙂

  10. Anonymous

    Did you use the same piece of lace for each drawer? If so, how did you prevent the wet paint from transferring to the next drawer? Thanks!

  11. Lara

    WOW! That looks amazing! The crazy thing is, I have the exact same dresser that I bought on craigslist for $30! I Painted mine black, tossed the three middle drawers, and use it as my tv console. 🙂 Nice work!

  12. Tiffany @ {Living Savvy}

    Hi Kara! I love this dresser! I found you on pinterest and am going to share you project today for my blog series Spray Painters Anonymous {with proper link back, of course}! Stop by and check it out!

    Have a great day!

    Tiffany {Living Savvy}

  13. Kellie

    I absolutely love this! I want to recreate it for my bedroom. My color scheme is cream and purple. We dont have much so I need to start DIYing with the great ideas you have inspired me to do! We need a head board too. So can you maybe give some other color combo ideas for this lace dresser? I just might not find a wood dresser that looks nice enough and will have to paint the whole thing and then add the lace. Now that I have seen yours and love it so much I cant see past that to make my own :(! Im trying to be creative but need help haha!

  14. Jeddie8a

    Beautiful!! We are going to try this out hopefully this wknd. Cant wait to see the turn out. Just wondering, did you use the same lace piece on each drawer? Or did you use a new piece every time? I would greatly appreciate any tips, as I will be trying this tomorrow. Thank you!!

  15. Kara Paslay

    You can definitely use the same piece of lace. I would let it sit on the drawer for just a few seconds after I finished spraying before I removed it. Then I would let it set a few minutes before I placed it on the next drawer. I don’t really have any more tips because it is a really simple, fun project!

    Send some pics of dresser when you are done. Can’t wait to see it!

  16. Kara Paslay

    Hey Kellie,

    With cream and purple, I would definitely go with gold as the accent color. For the main dresser color you could go with an eggplant purple for a dramatic look or a light gray for a more subdued look. Hope that helps! I’d love to see it when you’re finished!

  17. Kara Paslay

    Well Captain Halloween, that is about the coolest thing I’ve ever seen! Thanks so much for sharing the photo. I have never seen that on a car, but I love it! I also love that it looks very tough- like a guy could totally drive that car! Would you mind sharing the photo on our kara paslay designs FB page? Love seeing unique and inspiring things like this!

  18. Anonymous


    This is absolutely beautiful- what a fantastic idea!!! I am re-decorating my room- and have been struggling to find furniture I like which is affordable!!! I was wondering though, do you think it would work over mirrored drawers?? Using sliver spray paint?


  19. Claire Dunn

    I love this idea so much! I saw it on a Pinterest board, but only saw the poto with the lace over the drawer. I HAD to see the finished result and I’m so glad I did! I guess you could take this idea and run with it! Thank you so much for sharing this idea and inspiring me to create something. I don’t know WHAT, yet, but SOMETHING.

  20. Kara Paslay

    I think you could use a “etching” spray paint to get the effect you are wanting. And I think it would look great!!! I would love to see pictures if you decide to do it. Regular spray paint would probably scratch off, but you could test it on a small mirror first.

  21. Kara Paslay

    Claire- I’m so glad you clicked over! 🙂 You can definitely apply this idea to all sorts of materials! I’d love to see your version if you decide to create something inspired from this!

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