before and after

before & after: dresser makeover

by Kate Pruitt

Chevron patterns have been coming back in a big way, and recently I’ve seen some interesting developments in chevrons: irregular chevrons, gradient chevrons, broken chevrons. Part of the fun of trends is watching them develop and change as people play around and experiment with different elements. The alternating chevron bands on this dresser makeover by graphic designer Courtney Johnson really caught my eye; I find myself dancing over and around the different abstract shapes that it creates. The key to this type of pattern is precision, and Courtney has done an excellent job producing a crisp, beautiful look for this dresser. Nice work, Courtney! — Kate

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See the how-to after the jump . . .

Time: 10 hours

Cost: $50 ($15 for the dresser, $20 for knobs and $15 for paint and supplies)

Basic Steps: I gave this beauty a good sanding and a new layer of black paint all over. I taped off and painted the now-white area of the drawers. Then I used painter’s tape to create the herringbone pattern (measuring meticulously before this step). I had to be very patient because each stripe required about three coats of paint. For this, I recommend letting your favorite reruns play while you work (that’s Boy Meets World for me). Then, the best part – attaching the knobs and sliding the drawers in!

My mom always says, “A flat surface should be a clean surface”; that is, just because it’s flat doesn’t mean it’s a catchall for junk mail and trinkets. So the yellow pig dish is the only decor that makes the cut! — Courtney

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