entry way makeover- a new dresser and accessories

I know some of you are thinking I'm crazy- crazy busy.  
I promise you that I am busy, but it is all good, fun, and balanced.  

This entry way makeover isn't something I just whipped up today!
The dresser has been done for awhile, I just haven't had the time or inclination to redo the styling.
So, there are projects waiting in the wings- it's not me being crazy superwoman.

I picked up this French Provincial dresser at a thrift shop a couple months ago. 
 I was pretty excited, because they always sell quickly.
Usually when I find these, half the hardware is missing; but everything seemed to be pretty good other than some scratched surfaces.

Unfortunately, most of the runners were coming off- something I discovered after I brought it home.

You know what else I discovered?  
The previous owner kept all her boy secrets written on the back.
I wish I'd taken a photo, but I painted over it when I thought I'd be selling it.
Stuff like, "Kevin is so hot"
"so is Andrew".
If boys only knew.

  I was ready for a new look for the entry way, and I thought, why not?
The black desk was my original hope for this spot, but when that didn't work out, I had my radar up for a replacement.
 I only use the dresser occasionally - mostly for storing extra linens.
I fixed the runners as best I could, and here she is.

I used Webster's Chalk paint powder and mixed it with Behr's Cottage White.  
The dresser had a laminate top- I cleaned it with some TSP, made sure it was dry, and then painted right over it.
Worked like a dream- adhesion was great!

The feet were pretty scraped up and ratty looking, but they look clean and curvy now.
No more gold chipped paint.  And you'd never know the feet were resin.
(that's fancy talk for plastic.)

I loved my statue that I had here, but it wasn't working with everything else.  
Too much gold and white.
I moved a few pieces around, and added in a couple more new items.

The books are vintage - from my mom in law.
She passed on her Anne of Green Gables books to Hannah.  
I'm just borrowing them until Hannah takes them or wants to read them.

The arrow / sphere  
(would love to know what it's officially supposed to be called...)
was a thrift shop find too. 
Love it!

 And my hydrangeas....
I just love this time of year.
So many pretty flowers to bring in!

Here was the entry way before:

and now:

Hope you're having a great week!


  1. The different height truly has a contrasting visual impact. Nice arrangement!

  2. Very nice, I love dressers... so much extra storage!

  3. I love this piece so very pretty detail and lines. The mirror is great too!


  4. So pretty! I love the hardware.

  5. I don't know what the arrow/sphere thing is called either, but I love them. I have one I found at TJ Maxx and it is rusty perfectly in the garden.

    Love your makeover.

  6. Your arrow/sphere is known as an armillary sundial. I love them too!

    1. Thank you so much Leslie!! I think I'll be saying it in my head all day ;)


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