I’ve been hiding a deep, dark secret. And I want to come clean.
My dining room was UGLY, y’all. Not only that, it was fairly dangerous. We had all of our liquor bottles perched precariously on an old tea cart that was my husband’s great grandma’s. Our little man never seemed to notice, but little lady kept making beelines to play with the pretty bottles now that she’s walking.
Needless to say, when it was time to make over our dining room, appropriate, safe and GORGEOUS storage was the first priority.
I had a super cheap, funky and tacky dresser in my house that I had been hanging on to since my first apartment… that I bought on a government worker’s salary. Yea. It was originally a birch enamel, but I had painted it white at some time… but it still had frosted glass. I also had a bright red hutch that wasn’t really part of another dresser, but it had since been set aside in our trash pile.
Well, wouldn’t you know, my camera crapped out the “before” photos I took… so you will have to use your imaginations here, but I’ve added a picture of it’s twin dresser (that has vertical shelves)- you can get the picture since it has the same frosted glass this one did.
You can also see the bright red hutch I has when I first bought my house and gathered up lots of random furniture from thrift stores, antique shops and friends giving anything away.
To start, I removed the frosted glass inserts from the top two drawers of the dresser. They just had little flaps holding them in (think like the back of a picture frame), so they came out really easily.
I then took the front off of one of the bottom shelves. Just the front face of the shelf- unscrewed and popped it right off the shelf itself. (No I am not crazy, you’ll see why in a second).
I then took some killz to the red hutch to knock down some of the bright red paint. (Since the dresser was already painted white with an enamel paint, I didn’t need to paint it).
I then lined the front of the shelf I took off, and screwed it on to the bottom shelf by bracing it with metal supports that my dad and I screwed in. That sucker is on there sturdily!
You might wonder why I went through all this effort. Well, to store fine bottles of vodka, scotch, etc you don’t want them to lay on their sides (unlinke wine, which should be stored on it’s side, liquor can corrode the lid of the bottle, can mix with the lid and oxidize, etc.). Since we have a pretty extensive Scotch collection (including a few bottles we snagged on our honeymoon in Scotland at the Glenliviet, Oban and Caol Ila distilleries), we want to be sure it is nice and safe. Bonus: since the bottles are hidden away, it reduces UV damage to the booze, as well!!
With two shelves in, there was no way our bottles could stand upright. But with one removed, they fit perfectly! So the second shelf’s face is just to make it LOOK like a four shelf dresser! Pretty clever, huh?? Even my hubby was proud of me for dreaming up that one!
I mounted the hutch onto the dresser by screwing in some heavy duty brackets so it won’t move. At all. Ever.
I then painted both the dresser and the hutch in Martha Stewart’s Sharkey Grey (which looks LOVELY against my dining room’s driftwood grey). I used a dry brush method to make it look worn- just dip a brush in paint and quickly run across the furniture. The paint will look uneven and aged in some spots- which is perfect.
You can sand or even go back over spots that look too nice with some white paint for a perfect aged look.
I then added cutout strips of radiator covers that I spray painted white where the frosted glass was (and I staple-gunned them in place for extra security from little hands), and used gorilla wood glue to secure on some wood flourishes I picked up in the crown molding section of my hardware store.
I just lined them up one on top of the other on each side of the dresser shelves so they looked more like one drawer unit than the two mounted on top of each other that they really are.
I think it gives them a great aged and antique custom feel, don’t you?
I accented the dresser with our numerous decanters, stemware and some beautiful bottles. (How gorgeous is that Silver Whisky bottle?).
You can’t see them, but our bottles of wine are in the two drawers (on their sides, remember??) with the radiator covers.
So what do you think?
I am absolutely in LOVE with how it turned out. I smile every time I see it- and I can’t wait to show you the rest of the dining room remodel! (in the mean time, you can check out how we installed crown molding in the dining room; or a sewing table I turned into a party cooler ).
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