before & after . barbara’s dresser

April 25, 2011 separator Before & After

You might remember Barbara of hodge:podge from her end table Before & After. Well, she’s back and even better than before with one of the most stunning transformations I’ve seen in quite awhile! You are seriously not going to believe what she did to this dresser – or what she used for it!!! I also just have to say that her lucky daughter must have the hippest room on the block!

Get the rest of of the details, including the “after” after the jump!

Time: about one day, drying time included

Budget: $85 – paint, varnish, silver leaf, adhesive, and crystal knobs

In Barbara’s Words: After assembling the dresser and leaving the drawers apart, I painted the outside of the dresser and drawer fronts with several coats of black paint. I then applied silver leaf adhesive on the drawer fronts and when tacky I applied silver leaf. Once I covered all drawer fronts with silver leaf, I applied the Varathane to the drawer fronts and dresser top to seal everything. Then I added the knobs, and voila!  

After seeing a few amazing Rast hacks on the internet I decided to create one myself. I originally wanted to apply mirror to the drawer fronts, but the cost to get custom mirrors cut ended up being way too high. I finally  decided to silver leaf the drawers to give it the same shimmer but without having to worry about fingerprints! The Rast dresser sits in my other daughter’s room, where we are going with a more glamourous grown-up look. It echoes the shine of the mercury glass lamp that sits on the table and the silver leaf lamp {another project of mine}that sits on her desk.

Did you love this Before & After? Tell Barbara in the comments! Want to submit your own? Email me up to four pictures, with the “after” pictures being well-staged and crisp quality. Send ’em along to shrimpsaladcircus [!at] gmail dot com with Before & After as the subject. 


  1. I’m about to start working on some old pine furniture of mine… thanks for the great idea!

  2. That’s a very cool transformation! Simple, sleek and a little sparkly. Love it.

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