Not exactly sure what to call my “little-dresser-turned-entry-way-table-thing” 

I bought it a while ago @ goodwill for about $35.  It was pretty cute as it was (almost as is – just a coat of paint) but i thought for my entry way i didn’t want it to look like a dresser.

So i chopped the bottom drawer off with just a hand saw, moved the bottom piece of molding up and then added some old table legs that were also cut down.  Repainted the whole thing and added some new handles.

Sorry not the best before pic, i forgot to take a “true” before and this was from a cell phone.


You should know that the top and sides were laminate and you can totally paint laminate – i know a lot of people that are skeeredDONT BE!!!

Normally i don’t sand anything before i paint, but because it was laminate i gave it a light sanding and then just painted a couple coats of white.  And it has all held up just fine – and this does get a lot of wear, all the kids art supplies are in there so we pretty much use it everyday.

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**you can see i still haven’t finished painting the legs….nice!!!**

Then i gave it my usual distressing treatment with my 60 grit sandblock and called it good :)

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My posts have been kind of sporadic, sorry!!  Husband comes home from Iraq in 2 weeks and so much to do!!  I haven’t had time for anything, i am so behind on my blog surfing habit, its a little sad :(


But, i will have a framed mirror tutorial in just a couple of days!!


94 replies
  1. madge1967
    madge1967 says:

    Hey Girlie!
    OK,I have just have to say WOW!!!! I wished to GOD that I had room in my aka 'dink mobile' so I could bring home furniature. I left a nice $52.00 1930's dresser drawer set at Goodwill last Monday. Dang the small car!!!
    I just wonder what if I could have brought it home!
    By-the-way! I love your finished wall with the drawer! Nice job!

  2. Funky Junk Interiors
    Funky Junk Interiors says:

    That's crazy. Awesome that is. I don't even recognize the piece! And you did this yourself…. gaaaa… I don't even know what to say! :)


  3. Kristine at The Painted Hive
    Kristine at The Painted Hive says:

    Hey Sausha. So creative – to cut down then re-extend! I love looking at a piece and then changing it completely. Awesome!

  4. Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures
    Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures says:

    WOW! When you post amazing things like this then they are definitely worth waiting for. This is really one of my favorite things I have seen. I have NEVER thought about chopping furniture. I will never be able to look at an ugly dresser the same again. I am glad! Thanks so much for sharing such a fabulous redo. I am glad your husband will be home soon!

  5. Elaine
    Elaine says:

    Wow Wow Wow!! I absolutely love your creations. I actually just made my own little candle box type thing that you have on your title picture. I love it!! Hubby coming home from Iraq is for sure worth slacking a bit with blogging, no worries there. :)

  6. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    I gotta know!!! How did you do it??? Please do tell!
    This is one awesome piece I have ever seen!
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says:

    This is so cute. What a great gransformation. I love that you cut the bottom drawer off, totally transformed the piece. Your vignette above the chest is stunning. Great job and what a creative idea. Hugs, Marty

  8. Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys
    Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys says:

    As my son would say, WICKED COOL!!!! I love it. I have a dresser that I want to put in our entry way and haven't for the fear of it looking too bedroomish. Thanks for the inspiration. I LOVE your bog!

  9. Vanessa
    Vanessa says:

    So creative to saw off the bottom and add legs! What a vision you had for this piece and it is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Anissa
    Anissa says:

    W O W
    If you have time to expand on that tiny step where you "chopped the bottom drawer off with a saw", that would be so so great. That just sounds so scary and impossible. so amazing. Way to go!


    HI Sausha, You are so creative to take a dresser you bought from goodwill and cut it down and redo it! I love it, the whole entryway looks awesome! I hope you have a wonderful day! I'm happy for you that your husband will be home soon, yay!

  12. Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen
    Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen says:

    You are such an inspiration! Wow! How fabulously, boldly visionary and creative!..,
    It looks simply stunning paintd white and tablescaped so beautifully in your entry hall!

    Cheers from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

  13. Cindy
    Cindy says:

    I'm sure you are very busy readying for your husbands return. God bless you for the sacrifice you have made for the world's good. I live in Canada and I appreciate what you people are doing. I have a nephew in the US Military who is in Afghanistan, he's a chaplain.
    On to your dresser makeover, it looks beautiful! Wow, I am really impressed, you are awesome!
    Have a lovely day and God bless you.
    Hugs, Cindy S

  14. michelle@somedaycrafts
    michelle@somedaycrafts says:

    This is too good to be true! Love it! YOu keep impressing me with your skills (and you do this with kids and your husband gone?) You are crazy awesome!

  15. michelle@somedaycrafts
    michelle@somedaycrafts says:

    I forgot to say I was featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com so other people can drool with me!

  16. Carrie
    Carrie says:

    That's talent! And I'm following now because not 5 minutes ago, I just Googled "how to frame a mirror" and got nothing! So looking forward to that tutorial!

  17. Sandra
    Sandra says:

    You chopped off the bottom half and moved the trim up and added legs! What a gal!!! I'm serious now, YOU ARE AMAZING.

  18. Pieces of Dreams
    Pieces of Dreams says:

    Wow! What amazing insight! I love what you did with this piece…It looks wonderful where you placed. Thanks for the visit and bless you and your family, Karen

  19. this blessed nest
    this blessed nest says:

    you are so amazing!

    everything you touch turns to gold! awesome outcome.

    i can't even begin to imagine how excited you are with your hub arriving soon!
    i am sending the happiest thoughts your way! i know that home coming will be amazing for all!
    i can't wait to hear what he says to everything you've done…i mean really,girl! you are amazing!

  20. Stacie
    Stacie says:

    That is AWESOME!!!! You did a FaBuLouS JoB!! LoVin' your blog and all of your FuN ideas!!
    I would love to feature your dresser if it's ok with you!! Let me know what ya think! :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    The CrEaTiVe CraTe

  21. Bubba
    Bubba says:

    I love the whole vignette. So many unique ideas. That must be a curtain rod but it looks perfect hanging there. And I like the unique picture hangers. Great!!!!

  22. Embellish-Vintage Home Embellishments
    Embellish-Vintage Home Embellishments says:

    Your furniture transformation is brillant and the vignette above it is stunning. Thanks for sharing!!

  23. Shelbie
    Shelbie says:

    I'm so happy I found your blog. Your bathroom mirrors that you framed out look genius. That dresser looks awesome too! nice job chica!

  24. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
    Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    This looks like a totally different piece! I love how you took the bottom draw out and added those legs. Worthy of an entry!

    Visiting from SNS.

  25. Looking Glass Jewels
    Looking Glass Jewels says:

    Oh my goodness, I have a dresser that I haven't known what to do with – I wanted to put it in my living room, but, you know, a DRESSER in the living room? Too weird. But now I know what to do to make it work! I added this post to my "Projects I MUST do" folder! Thank you!

  26. Creative Decor by Brooke
    Creative Decor by Brooke says:

    I love how unique that is, no one else will have one in their entry. Love it. Very Creative.

  27. alice
    alice says:

    That is adorable. I am totally impressed. I am also tickled you HB will be home soon.
    found you on NTT.

  28. TheSmithHotel
    TheSmithHotel says:

    Super cute! Looks great in the entry! Never would have thought it looked like the before picture!

    thanks for sharing,

  29. nsmerkt
    nsmerkt says:

    Just found your blog and I am in LOVE! It is truly amazing…your vision for bringing a new life to something old or not so pretty to begin with. We live in a 15-year-old townhouse and the whole place needs a little love…so glad to have found you.

    Also wanted to say thank you. The sacrifice that you and your family make as a military family just makes you all that more awesome. Truly an inspiration. Will look forward to many morning cups of coffee with your blog.

  30. Linda@Coastal Charm
    Linda@Coastal Charm says:

    This is one SUPER DUPER makeover…thanks for linking up to NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS…hope you had a FUN time at my PAR-TAY!


  31. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    That looks awesome! Perfect, I really love how you hang the wreaths! Adds interest and texture! Have a great day!

  32. Cass @ That Old House
    Cass @ That Old House says:

    This is fantastic! I love how you could look at that dresser, and see it transformed … and then DO IT. Perfect!

  33. jenjen
    jenjen says:

    So pretty. I love the technique you used on the dresser. And the whole vignette is just so pretty. I love how light and fresh everything looks!


  34. the VG huis
    the VG huis says:

    I can't believe that you hacksawed out the bottom drawer…how does one even think of this?? whatever..it looks amazing! now that's talent!


  35. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Adorable! Who would have ever thought to saw off the bottom drawers?! You, apparently-brilliant! I also love what you have on and above the table. Thanks to you & your husband on your sacrifices for us all.

  36. Susie Q
    Susie Q says:

    Well, looks like everyone else has used up all my words…this is spectacular and the entire area is stunning.

    Congrats on your hubby returning home safely soon…from an Army mom.

  37. Mutti
    Mutti says:

    Absolutely wonderful vision you have for transforming the beast into a beauty. I had so much fun looking thru your posts tonight. I am a new follower!
    Your hubby will be so impressed with the changes you have made while he was away. Thanks for your sacrifice and service to our country. Enjoy having him home!
    …from a retired Military Wife

  38. Miss Mustard Seed
    Miss Mustard Seed says:

    Wow! You really thought outside of the box on this one. I love how it turned out and how you arranged it. Very nice work.

  39. trish
    trish says:

    I am in love with your wreath. Will you tell me where you purchased it?
    Have a great day!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia

  40. MelisaH
    MelisaH says:

    W O W !!! I did not know you could make laminate look sooo good! What an eye you have to be able to see the potential. I just might be able to start looking at things differently–to see what they CAN become. W O W!!

  41. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I just wanted to let you know that I come back to this post on a daily basis. I love the whole look of your entry way. It is a great inspiration picture for me. My husband is a bit hesitant that we could do this with a dresser we currently have but looking at your picture everyday has convinced me to at least give it a go. Thank you for your site – it's lovely!

  42. Jaclyn
    Jaclyn says:


    I know this picture may be a bit older but I was wondering where you got the wreath from (not sure that it would still be in stock, but worth a shot). If it is made, do you sell the items you make? I love this wreath and have searched everywhere for a similar one but have only come across ones that are somewhat similar but are lacking in size and quality. Please let me know, I am extremely interested in finding this wreath, or at least one made similarly in quality. Thank you!!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      I bought it at a little boutique that sadly went out of business a couple years ago. I get lots of emails on my wreaths and i have done lots of searching online to give people a source, but havent been able to find anything similar. Sorry – not much help!!

  43. Sandy Briscoe
    Sandy Briscoe says:

    Love Love Love then entry way “dresser” and pretties. And Please thank your husband for his service and you and him for your sacrifice for our country. My best wishes to you and your family.

  44. Kelly M
    Kelly M says:

    hello, where did you cut the dresser down at? below the first big drawer? do you have picts. of the steps in cutting it down?

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      I cut off the bottom drawers and moved the bottom molding up. I did this before blogging so i didnt take step by step pics – sorry!


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