One Dresser, Six Ways

When I purchase a new piece of furniture I often try to imagine using it another way in our home: double duty furniture I say. I mean I switch things around so often I might buy a sofa table for our family room that will soon end up in our entryway instead.

Case in point, my white dresser (I chose this one from Sauder). I first bought it to go in our guest bedroom, but later decided to use Ben’s childhood dresser in that space. So what to do with this new piece? It now holds all of my supplies in my craft room, nicely organized and hidden away behind closed drawers.

craft room dresserBut then I got to thinking about how you can style a piece of furniture and take on a completely different look and feel. Change paint. Change accessories. Lots of options.

So here’s a couple different ways I can “upcycle” my white Sauder dresser


blue and gold dresserThis dresser can immediately get a facelift against a beautiful greige painted wall, a sunburst mirror, and two glamorous glass lamps. Great if you’re looking for an upscale look on a smaller budget! Maybe a master bedroom?


girly dresserHow adorable would this look in your teenage daughter’s bedroom against a pink wall with a beautiful painting above? Finish off the look with stylish lamps and a matching flower arrangement.


beach themed dresserI’m thinking it’s about time the boys got a turn. Give this dresser a masculine feel with rustic touches like a rope lamp, darker wall prints, and maybe even mod podge a map onto the drawer fronts?


funky dresserBecause this dresser is white, it’s easy to add huge pops of color without getting overwhelmed. I like to find a piece of art to hang above then pull colors from it for additional accessories, like a lamp and flower arrangement. If you’re going bold though, don’t go overboard with the knick knacks.


elegant dresserEven affordable pieces of furniture can get an upscale makeover with the right accessories. An elegant paint color, a statement mirror, and maybe even new hardware to match. Love the possibilities!

So there you have it.
One piece of furniture. Six styles.
Which is YOUR favorite?

dresser style ideas

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

Kitchen Industrial Shelving

A couple months ago I showed you this awkward space in our kitchen where the cabinets just seem to stop, leaving us with a 4ft wide bare gap. I tried filling it with artwork but it still seemed pretty empty and bland.

gold leaf wall artI hope to someday fill this space with a wine fridge and built ins like my parents’ living room (well, on a much smaller scale), but I don’t have that kind of cash to spend as of right now. So instead I gave it the old “nest for less” treatment and purchased some kitchen industrial metal shelves. And here’s what the space looks like now…

wire shelving unit in kitchenNot too shabby for a $67 purchase.

Yep, only $67 from Amazon (not an affiliate link). Before the purchase I figured if I hated how the metal shelves looked in the kitchen, I could always use them in the garage or basement instead. Win-win bargain shopping.

kitchen wire shelving unitI filled the shelves with some items that I wanted on display and within an arm’s reach, such as my mixing bowls, cutting boards and cookbooks.

kitchen metal shelving unitI love the fact that I can now keep my kitchen counters clutter-free by putting my small kitchen appliances on the new shelves instead. Plus I opened up some additional storage space in my cabinets with this new system.

kitchen wire shelving unitI also like how the metal goes nicely with my stainless steel appliances.

kitchen industrial shelvingNow the next thing I need to work on in my kitchen is the backsplash. A couple weeks ago I showed some options on my Instagram and I think I decided on white subway tiles with darker grout. This project is tentatively on the schedule for the weekend after Labor Day (yeah, fingers crossed).

So I’m making baby steps towards getting this kitchen completed.
Still on my kitchen to-do list:

•  Backsplash
•  Trim out kitchen island
•  Build out on top of cabinets
•  Built in platter rack near fridge
•  Kitchen command center

kitchen shelving unit

So do you have awkward spaces in your kitchen?
Would you do a cheap fix for now like me,
or just save your money and wait to do it right?