Monochromatic Dresser Re-finish

What’s that saying about being poor making you thrifty? I can’t remember. Maybe I imagined it. Either way, I think it’s true. I’ve never been more creative in anything than when forced to work with limited resources, in this case, monetary resources. Because I like to redecorate and still afford groceries, I’ve been learning how to take an idea for something I love but can’t afford.

How does that tie-in to a dresser re-finish? I’ll explain.

There’s a dresser I love at Ikea. It’s beautiful, cream colored with black hardware, 7 drawers, pretty much exactly what I wanted for my room re-model. However, the $300 price tag caught me every time. Whenever I’m going to make a big purchase, I compare what else I could get for that amount of money to decide if it’s worth it. For $300 I could go to the keys for a weekend. I could get a cheap flight somewhere. I could do months of Pilates classes. I could cook a whole bunch of fancy dinners and drink a lot of wine. Sigh. I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

So on to plan B, I headed out to the thrift shop with Amy and Adora. And at Faith Farm I found this treasure. For $60 I found a dresser whose shape I loved. The color not so much, but it was nothing some sanding, priming, and painting couldn’t fix. And of course some black spray paint for the hardware.

So I give you my monochromatic take on a French dresser. I’m excited to see this piece against my book-wall. Let me know what you think!

xo. Brie

We fit the dresser in the back of Adora's car (barely) but that didn't leave much room for me!
We fit the dresser in the back of Adora’s car (barely) but that didn’t leave much room for me!
Through the glass door, sanded and primed!
Through the glass door, sanded and primed!
I painted the white first and let it dry for a day, then taped around the top and painted the black top.
I painted the white first and let it dry for a day, then taped around the top and painted the black top.
All finished! Moved into my room against the book wall.
All finished! Moved into my room against the book wall.
Room is coming along! Next project will be bed coverings and curtains. Stay tuned...
Room is coming along! Next project will be bed coverings and curtains. Stay tuned…

The Book Wall Project

So I was looking for a way to put some sort of decoration on my wall without actually painting, when I came across the idea of doing a book wall. I guess a more accurate description would be a book-page wall, because you literally cut the pages out of a book and basically glue them to a wall (disclaimer, some books did fall casualty to this art project. They will always be remembered).

I didn’t want to just glue straight only the wall, because I live in an apartment and when moving day inevitable comes, I didn’t feel like scraping glue and paper off a wall. So Adora and I came up with the plan to staple large pieces of white poster board to the wall and glue on to those. It worked perfectly!

Featured on the wall are the books Jane Eyre (my favorite book of all time), Pride & Prejudice, and two French books I found for a penny on Amazon whose names I can’t remember because, well, they’re in French,

Cut, staple, glue, repeat. It’s a little time consuming, but the result is exactly what I was going for (a sort of Parisian loft feel…a girl can dream).

xo. Brie

book wall half way 2
After we stapled the poster board to the wall, Adora and I started gluing on the pages working inward from the edges
book wall half way 1
The French book pages give it a certain, je ne sais quoi
book wall nearly done
Nearly done! Just one more hole to fill in
book wall tools
To keep it cheap and easy, I used Elmer’s school glue and a sponge to put the glue on the wall, then carefully laid each page on
book wall done
Finished book page wall!

The Old Astronomer


“Reach me down my Tycho Brahé, — I would know him when we meet,
When I share my later science, sitting humbly at his feet;
He may know the law of all things, yet be ignorant of how
We are working to completion, working on from then to now.

Pray remember that I leave you all my theory complete,
Lacking only certain data for your adding, as is meet,
And remember men will scorn it, ’tis original and true,
And the obloquy of newness may fall bitterly on you.

But, my pupil, as my pupil you have learned the worth of scorn,
You have laughed with me at pity, we have joyed to be forlorn,
What for us are all distractions of men’s fellowship and wiles;
What for us the Goddess Pleasure with her meretricious smiles.

You may tell that German College that their honor comes too late,
But they must not waste repentance on the grizzly savant’s fate.
Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”

– Sarah Williams. The Old Astronomer was published on Jan 1, 1923.

This is a piece of one of my favorite poems. And a photo from my favorite place to run, think. and process life in the darkness. Enjoy.