before & after: mackenzie + joanne’s dressers

I hope the powers-that-be won’t exile me for saying this, but the American flag just doesn’t measure up to the visual prowess of the British flag. Plus, the British flag has a better nickname. Maybe we should put this to a vote — who would you rather hang out with, Union Jack or Old Glory? Actually, given the image I’m picturing, it’s kind of a toss-up. When Mackenzie and her anglophile boyfriend returned from abroad to set up a home together in the States, she wanted to create something for her significant other that had a masculine, effortless style to it. Painting the Union Jack design does not look easy, and apparently it wasn’t. But her precision really paid off; this piece is totally cool in a casual rock ‘n roll kind of way, and it looks great with their surrounding decor. Great job, Mackenzie! — Kate

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Joanne’s upcycled furniture projects already made a splash on Design Milk last week, but this particular transformation of an old beat-up dresser is too amazing to resist posting. Joanne and her business partner Anthony run Think Contemporary, an interior design firm in Dublin. They’ve started to refurbish old furniture pieces using paint and vinyl. Vinyl decals have been increasingly popular the past few seasons, but most of the designs revolve around silhouettes and solid monochromatic shapes. I think Joanne’s use of vinyl to create a multicolor landscape over the front of these drawers gives the medium new energy, and if I lived in Dublin I would be all over this piece. I would literally grab it and hold it close, I like it so much. You can contact them about their furniture and see more work here. Thanks for sharing, Joanne!

  1. Clare says:

    I’ve seen some beautiful campaign furniture before & afters… but not fond of this one. My favorites are here:

  2. Absolutely Awesome!! So many endless possiblities!! Loving It!!

  3. The art on the second piece is a total rip off of Evan Hecox… It’s tragic that he is willing to blantanly rip off an artist like this

  4. Connie says:

    The dresser painted with the Union Jack is a very impressive project and quite artfully done. However, our U.S. flag does not have to “measure up to the visual prowess of the Union Jack”. Our Flag represents and stands for so much that we always need to honor it. And with that honoring, there are very specific rules and regulations as to what is appropriate and what is inappropriate. I don’t know what the British flag rules are, but one would never paint Old Glory on a piece of furniture! Check out Flag etiquette here.

    1. grace says:


      People paint American flags on just about everything. I would hate to think that flag etiquette (or anyone) would look down from someone expressing patriotism or their love for any country by painting a flag on something.


  5. Fiona says:

    Does anyone know what colours were used in this piece? I am impressed with the blue, it really pops out. Any clue as to the shade ?


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