Beauty in the Beast

Here’s the beauty

That was in this”beast”.
My daughter’s friend said it looked like a coffin.
I wasn’t sure if wanted to try to save it,
or take it aparat it to and use the parts for other projects.
I pondered it for several days.
It was so structurally sound that I hated to destroy it as a whole piece of furniture,
so I decided I’d see what I could do with it.
The veneer on top was beyond working with,

so I had to strip it all off.  That took several days.


Here it is with all the veneer removed and ready for paint.
 I picked Valspar Churchill Vanilla Wheat for the color.
Parts of the original hardware were missing, so I selected these knobs.
What were once “scars”
Are now beauty marks
The details are lovely in this piece, aren’t they?
Even though they show their age.
So glad I gave her a second chance.
Don’t hate me when I tell you I paid $12.50 for her.
$9 for the knobs (half off at Hobby Lobby)
Already had the paint.
Total – $21.50
$21.50 + sweat equity = priceless!



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  1. You did such a great job. I know that is a sturdy old strong piece of furniture,Good solid wood,with gorgeous curves, and you just gave it a brand new life. Beautiful

  2. Rosemary@villabarnes says

    You definitely brought out the beauty in this beast.

  3. I have an old buffet from the 60s my mom gave me. I painted it white and purple and use it for craft storage. Mine is nowhere near fancy like this one. I would love to have this in my living room! In fact, I’m going to keep and eye out for something like this now that I know how gorgeous it can turn out!

  4. saltbox treasures says

    Gorgeous! Love this re-do! You saved her. Such a beautiful piece. I love beauty marks. Enjoy your new beauty. I am your newest follower.
    ~ Julie

  5. I want a buffet like that so badly! Great job.


  6. This is one of the most beautiful redos I have ever seen! But I do love romantic furniture. Lovely curves. I have a piece with bad veneer to tackle someday. I’ve never done it before. Nice to see yours looking so beautiful.

  7. It is hard not to hate you when we now know that you got that for $12.50 AND that it was structurally sound! You made what did look like it was going to a funeral now look like it is going to be the belle of the ball at a party. Great job to give a whole new lease on life to that piece.

  8. You did an amazing job! This is beautiful! Visiting from Somewhat Simple!

  9. What a deal, I don’t think I’ll ever buy anything through a furniture store again. The finished project is a beauty! Time for me to get out my paint brush…

    Di @

  10. I N C R E D I B L E ~ What a Fabulous Transformation…. She truly is a Beauty now!

  11. This is a beautiful transformation 🙂 well done and thanks for sharing as always!


  12. Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage says

    I’ve found a few beauties among beasts myself. Your beauty is fabulous! The choice of knobs and paint were perfect and the price – UNBELIEVABLE!

    Thanks for linking to the party. I hope to see you each week. By the way, I just joined you as a follower. 😉

    Liz @ the Bramblberry Cottage

  13. Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy} says

    Wow, this is just FABULOUS! So glad you saw her beautiful bones and decided to give her a makeover rather than take her to bits 🙂 Stopping by from Sarah’s btw 🙂 xxx

  14. I’m *trying* not to hate you, but it’s difficult! What an incredible deal, and YOU are incredible for making it gorgeous!

  15. Oh you stole this glorious piece. You are one lucky girl and your hard work really paid off.

  16. This is a great looking piece!

  17. it’s beautiful. i think that is the perfect color for her too!!! it really brings out the details.

    great job, angie!!

  18. its amazing how beautiful it is in white!!!! great job!

  19. That price tag is amazing!!! Congrats on the beautiful and delicate transformation :o)

  20. Awesome transformation.

  21. She is stunning! I do wonder how you removed the veneer though? I have been working away at a couple of pieces for ages…that stuff does not come off easily and no one seems to have any short cuts to share! Ugh! You obviously worked very hard…and it really paid off!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  22. Gorgeous and such a great deal too!

  23. Amanda – to remove the veneer I put wet bath towels on top and let them sit for several hours, then I pried up the softest areas around the edges and kept repeating the process. Since I was going for a distressed look, I wasn’t concerned about scraping the surface, but if you are, you’ll want to be very careful when scraping/lifting the softened edges. The wood under the veneer was a fairly hard wood, so it didn’t get scratched badly – just enough to add the the look I was going for anyway!


  24. She is gorgeous. I have a very similar one that I redid in much the same manner a few months ago. I thought I got a good deal because I got five chairs, a table and the sideboard for $200. But that comes out to $28 a piece and you beat me at $12.50!!!!! Shocking…I didn’t think a person could find furniture that cheap any more. She turned out very very lovely.

  25. 12.50 what a deal!! Your sure did make her look beautiful again! Love what you did and your choice of knobs.

  26. I can’t believe you paid 12 bucks! Glad you painted her. Paint is so amazing. It really is my passion. Your redo is a perfect example of how paint can literally transform furniture!

  27. What a great deal! And what a beautifuly job you did turning this piece into a swan!

    Hope you will please drop by and enter my $50 Gift Card Giveaway!! If there are 500 entries, the amount will increase the Gift Card to $100.

  28. Angie, This is one fabulous piece and I can’t believe the price. Thank you for sharing the transformation at the Open House party.

  29. Oh my oh my oh MY…SPECTACULAR!!!!


  31. Great job!!!! Also a bargain of a price!!!!!

  32. I will clear a spot in my dining room- send it asap!
    Kerry at

  33. I knew those knobs were from Hobby Lobby the minute I saw the picture. This dresser is so pretty and very detailed. And you got it for $12.50!!! 😮 Good job

  34. Angie – you have GOT to be kidding me!! Where did you score something like this for such a steal?? I just paid $177 for a similar piece. I usually don’t go that high, but I’ve been looking for one of theses to do ever since I started painting this summer. I too plan to paint mine white and can hardly wait to get started. I hope mine turns out as nice as yours:)

  35. Wow, your my kind of shopper…
    It looks amazing…
    Blessings Lori

  36. You’ve been featured on my link party tonight! Come check it out…don’t forget to grab a featured button too! : D


  37. I would love to find a piece like that for my dining room. What a great price. It looks great now.

  38. Anonymous says

    My Mum owns the exact same cabinet! Hers is also painted white, although she bought it that way. And it has different knobs. How interesting to see how it looked before!

    White was definitely the way to go.

  39. Anonymous says

    Did you just sand the veneer off? i have a piece where the veneer is all chipped.
    Thank you

  40. You did a beautiful job Angie! I love the color you chose and I can’t believe you only paid $12 for it… Did you have to prime before you painted? 🙂

  41. Ellie LaJuett says

    I love that you saved that old beauty, gave her life and purpose.!

  42. Wow! What a great find for $12! I love the detail work on the piece and the color you chose. It turned out amazing.

  43. Just saw this over at Adirondack Girl @ Heart where you are featured today. I wasn’t familiar with your blog back then, so this is a treat to have discovered this! And it is just a breathtaking piece, Angie…you’ve taken it from something oppressive and heavily damaged to something light, clean, shapely, and gorgeous! The way you painted it really accents all of the piece’s beautiful curves…she really was a beauty, after all! This is such an inspiration…I’m glad I finally got to see it! 🙂


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