before & after: kelly’s dresser + amanda’s chair

this colorful dresser makeover comes from d*s reader kelly thacker. looking to spruce up her baby daughter’s room, kelly used a vintage dresser that had been sitting in her mom’s spare room for years. kelly loved the contrast between the ornate dresser and the bold, modern color combination. i have a major love for anything orange, so i’m passing on my two thumbs up to kelly- great work!

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CLICK HERE for amanda’s chair makeover after the jump!

this impressive chair makeover comes from amanda conley of bijou girl designs. amanda found a broken rattan chair with a metal frame on the side of the road and decided to strip them and re-weave a seat using jute webbing. thanks for sharing, amanda!

  1. I love the black chest with the orange! Just added an orange leather chair to our site. Never thought I would see orange reemerge!

  2. Khris says:

    Oh, that dresser is HOT. Using jute webbing for the wire-frame chair is so darned creative. What great makeovers! I’m inspired.

  3. Rachael says:

    I love the chair! It took a lot of creativity to see through that mess to the good bones.

  4. Love them both. The orange is just gorgeous and I want that chair!

  5. Kelley Moore says:

    Kelly’s daughter will have no choice but to have great style with a fabulous dresser like that in her room! And hats off to Amanda for reminding us all that you can, indeed, make fabulous use out of that stuff on the side of the road

  6. Megkathleen says:

    I adore these before and afters – they’re so inspiring. The contrast on the dresser is genius – I would have never of thought to use those colors.

  7. paulina says:

    wow this chair make over is great!! it totally gave a new look

  8. The dresser is amazing! Really makes me rethink painting a similar style media cabinet white. That grey is scrumptious!

  9. kelly says:

    Thanks for the dresser comments, and thanks for posting, Grace! The baby’s not even born yet and she’s already been on design*sponge – that’s the coolest!! :)

  10. Deb says:

    Awesome! Love the orange :D

  11. claire says:

    That chair makeover is very creative!

  12. jenny says:

    I used to have that dresser! Damn, to think I could’ve made it over like this.

  13. jenny says:

    Wow, I had that chair too! Furniture deja vu! :)

  14. Aracely says:

    I had that entire white and gold bedroom set, brings back memories, and what lovely frame on that chair.

    I am always a little bit jealous of the luck some people have in finding these amazing pieces that need some love!

  15. Peggy says:

    The chair reminds me of the “butterfly” chairs of the 70’s (or was that 80’s?). My sister covered it with macrame. It was great, except when it got dirty, it couldn’t be cleaned.

  16. rebecca says:

    The chair is genius. What a good eye. It was actually a bit of a thrill to see the before and think WHAT THE HECK IS GOING TO HAPPEN. Great job.

  17. I love the dresser, but I love that chair even more! I looked at the “before” photo for a few minutes trying to imagine how someone possibly could’ve saved it. I did NOT picture the “after!” That looks like a really high-end piece of furniture, and I love it. Now I’m going to be scouring the web for a metal frame chair to re-work :)

  18. Erica says:

    Both of these are such fantastic transformations! I’m particularly smitten with the dresser, I’ve been looking to redo mine and the pop of color from the handles is so inspiring.

  19. lisen says:

    Wonderful makeovers! I love both the dresser and the chair. (I especially like that a girl’s room doesn’t automatically mean pink. The colour-coding of genders usually makes me rather frustrated.)
    All these before-after posts are great, I’m getting so much inspiration- me thinks my find of nest tables will not be restained, but rather painted a glossy fire engine red…

  20. Cindy says:

    I thought there was a DIY tutorial on painting furniture, but I can’t find it! I’m especially interested in finding out what kind of paint to use, whether to prime, and how to avoid brushstrokes!

  21. puddle says:

    Ah! Love the color of that dresser, esp. like lisen wrote, because it is for a baby girl and NOT pink! Kudos to parents for thinking outside the box.

  22. Wow! How brave to consider a bold color like orange on the handles of that dresser! I have an entire set from the 50s that is very similar and now I am inspired to try something totally out of my comfort zone. Thanks!

  23. Marina says:


    Just wanted to let you know that your link from the main page to jump to this post is coded as “ttp://…” :)

    1. grace says:

      thanks marina!


  24. Kate S. says:

    That chair is amazing… and looks very sturdy!

  25. Sarah says:

    I absolutely love the chair makeover! Great job Amanda – such a creative use of simple materials. I’m inspired!

  26. cara says:

    Holy cow, these are fantastic! The top dresser is a perfect inspirational point for me — I swear I own the nightstand companion to that dresser, and I’ve been wondering what to do with it! Love these, thanks for sharing!

  27. FunnySite says:

    Pretty good!
    Thanks for sharing!

  28. nora says:

    Hi – I have a dresser that I would love to paint, but I am unsure of which technique to use. Amanda’s dresser is made of similar materials…thanks in advance.

  29. Amy says:

    I love the dresser!!! What color/kind of paint did you use for that? We are in the process of refinishing a cabinet and think this color would work perfectly!


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