Chippy, not Chippendale

A couple of years ago I purchased a small dresser to use as a bedside table.  It was in bad shape.  The inch thick boards on the top were weathered, warped and some were missing.  Of course, this just made it all the more interesting to me!  I searched my pictures high and low because I was sure I took some of the before, but I can’t find them, so you’re going to have to visualize it from my description. White chippy, peely paint, missing weathered boards on top.  Got it?  Good!  I knew you could do it!

Since I don’t have the before…all you get is the after:

As you can see, I did nothing to the front.  I loved it just the way it was!

I cut a pine board and filled in the missing spot.  (Can you tell which one it is?) I didn’t even try to get it to fit perfectly.  (Remember, I don’t like perfection!) Then I sanded the whole thing down.  It didn’t take much sanding, but I did start with 60 grit and worked my way up to a fine 220.  Then I stained it with a gel stain and sealer in one.

The navy blue lamp on the table used to be brass.  I found two of them at a garage sale and knew I was saving them for this room.  I just didn’t know what color they would get painted.  (This is actually the THIRD color of blue they got painted!)  The lamp shade came from Lowe’s clearance section $1.24 and I recovered it with the leftover linen from my breakfast nook curtains.

Anyway, back to the bedside table.  I love the juxtaposition of the smooth finish with the rough way the wood is laying…not fitting together completely.  I also like saying $8.00 words like juxtaposition.

I know this would drive some people batty, but I LIKE it!

I didn’t even have to switch out the knobs.  Normally, I don’t like wooden knobs, but these were keepers because of their blue and red chippy appearance.

The best part is, this little dresser cost less than $25.00!!  Booya!!

Bye from the bungalow,




Linking to: Knick of Time, Beyond the Picket Fence


  1. kathleen says:

    love it!

  2. Diane Mansil says:

    LOL Looks gorgeous! And I don’t particularly like chippy paint – but it works on this piece!

    I just picked up a couple of lamps of a similar shape intending to ‘recolor’ and then stupidly showed them to my sister (to brag that I got the pair for $5) and she nabbed them!! Drat!

    Juxtaposition…so YOU have the brain today! I was wondering where it was! LOL (My family has only one brain and we’re always fighting over who has it – it’s the big words that give the holder away).

    Good job!!

  3. I love, LOVE, love it! I’ll be featuring this little darling next week at Knick of Time Tuesday – thanks so much for sharing it! There will be an, “I Was Featured” button waiting at the party for you!

    Angie @ Knick of Time

  4. I’m here from Knick of Time and loving what you did with this! I’m so glad you saved the original front.

  5. That turned out really, really cute. I love the smooth polished top paired with the original shabbiness of the old piece….naughty girl…no before pictures? What are we gonna do with you?;>) xo Diana

    • I know, right?!! I was sure I had some…even checked my phone. I don’t know where they ended up. I’ll try to be more diligent next time…promise!

  6. It’s pretty darn cute.


  7. I call this perfection! It’s has so much charm and character that you just can’t get in a new piece. I love it!

  8. i love the table and the lamp! the way you covered the shade is so unique…please explain how you did the diagonal seam. i have the perfect lamp / shade to try that on.
    you and karianne from thistlewood farms like using those big vocabulary words. lol. i think its just as much fun seeing how you and karianne pop them into your sentences!

    • Hi Judi! The seam in the lampshade was the hem of the curtains. I just laid the fabric on the shade so that it would lay diagonal…just for something different! Thanks for asking and I’ll try to use bigger words next time! lol!

  9. Adorable! I wouldn’t have changed a thing either, Jean!!! Great job!

    xoxo laurie

  10. Hi there Jean! Im so glad I found your blog! Im so totally diggin your sweet home as I took “the tour” lol you cracked me up the whole way! Im so followin you girl! love your chippy nightstand too your a gal after my own heart:) Please stop over sometime and chat.

  11. Jean,
    Found your blog through knick of time.LOVE that dresser and all of it’s chippy..ness 🙂 It looks perfect to me.And the contrast with the wood top is gorgeous! Now following along too!

    • Thank you, Ann. So glad you shared how you found me. It’s nice to know. Glad you’re liking what you see. I haven’t posted much in the last week, but I’ll get back to it soon!

  12. A girl after my own heart – I’m with you on it all – the uneven top the chippines , & the knobs – I love it! CJ


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