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How to Turn a Boring Bureau into an Epic Stack of Suitcases

I have always loved those pictures of vintage suitcases stacked one on top of the other. There’s just something about the look that makes me think of a life well-traveled and filled with adventure. They evoke memories of faraway places and conquering the unknown, like these beauties from Overstock.com. Aren’t they gorgeous?

Three Colored Vintage Style Luggage Suitcase from Overstock

I wanted my own stack of suitcases sooo badly. But they’ve become horribly expensive and it’s quite a challenge finding a set that looks good together. We do however have a very boring pine chest of drawers, or bureau as it’s called in America, that desperately needed a makeover.

There's just something about a vintage stack of suitcases that I love. Come see how we gave a boring chest of drawers this classic look #diyhomedecor #homedecorideas #repurposefurniture

We’ve had the chest of drawers for about 20 years now and her bones were still good, unlike that other cupboard that was falling apart. The drawers slide nicely and there’s tons of storage space for all our t-shirts and jerseys. But she needed a facelift, kinda like her owner 😉 And the only facelift I wanted to give her involved these really battered suitcases that we found at the local hospice.

Broken suitcases before they were destroyed to make the epic stack of luggage dresser. #DIYHOmeDecor #SuitcaseDresser #Tutorial

There was even a tatty old handbag thrown into the mix.

There's just something about a vintage stack of suitcases that I love. Come see how we gave a boring chest of drawers the look

I think I paid R40 for everything, which included two briefcases, the handbag, 4 floppy suitcases and one of those old cardboard school suitcases. That’s not even $5, but they were really badly damaged.

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How To Use Old Suitcases To Repurpose a Chest Of Drawers

The hardware was still okay though, so we removed everything that was worth saving. The handles, locks, buckles, straps, bits of leather even the tags if they were pretty enough.

There's just something about a vintage stack of suitcases that I love. Come see how we gave a boring chest of drawers the look

Some of the handles were pretty easy to remove and for some of the others, we had to use a combination of tin snips, hammer and brute force to get them off 😀

There's just something about a vintage stack of suitcases that I love. Come see how we gave a boring chest of drawers the look

Once the suitcases had been totally destroyed we had everything we needed to turn that boring dresser into our own version of a vintage stack of suitcases. We removed all the drawers and took the little wooden knobs off.

There's just something about a vintage stack of suitcases that I love. Come see how we gave a boring chest of drawers the look

Using lots of elbow grease and a sander we stripped the varnish and gave the frame of the dresser a deep lustrous coat of Rustoleum’s American Walnut stain and sealer to match the decor in our bedroom.

There's just something about a vintage stack of suitcases that I love. Come see how we gave a boring chest of drawers the look

Then it was time to start playing around. Both the hubby and I work full time as IT geeks for large banks so the only time we can DIY is normally over a weekend. Fortunately for us, most banks in South Africa have an IT freeze during December, which means we can’t work. And that gave us more than enough time to tackle the drawers.

Each Drawer Needed to Look Unique

I really wanted them all to be different and still form a harmonious whole. So I needed to limit myself to colors from the same temperature family or find one or two colors and then use variations of those colors. Because the dresser had been stained in a rich brown, we decided to stick with the warmer tones. The first drawer we made over was this one.

There's just something about a vintage stack of suitcases that I love. Come see how we gave a boring chest of drawers the look

We sprayed the whole drawer with a metallic copper which seemed like a good idea, but as soon as we put the drawer next to the walnut stained dresser it looked too cold and, well metallic!! Bling, bling definitely didn’t fit the whole vintage feel we were going for. To tone her down we used a piece of hessian as a stencil before applying a coat of brown paint over the metallic paint.

There's just something about a vintage stack of suitcases that I love. Come see how we gave a boring chest of drawers the look

Keeping The Real Suitcase Look

One of the other things I really wanted to do was retain that tactile feeling of a real suitcase. So we used contact adhesive to glue some of the leather we’d salvaged from the damaged suitcases to cover the drawers. The drawers are quite wide, so the leather had to be joined. The salvaged suitcase buckles were perfect to hide the small gap where the leather came together. We just glued them over the join.

There's just something about a vintage stack of suitcases that I love. Come see how we gave a boring chest of drawers the look

And if you don’t have enough salvaged leather bits to cover a long drawer and hide the joins, you can always turn one drawer into two suitcases 😉 Oh and save those leftover faux leather bits so you can use the pieces to repurpose DVD cases to make an awesome vertical garden.

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All the suitcase handles were screwed onto the front of the drawers.

There's just something about a vintage stack of suitcases that I love. Come see how we gave a boring chest of drawers the look

And the locks, buckles and, straps were either glued on or screwed on.

Adding the broken suitcase bits and pieces  to make the epic stack of luggage dresser. #DIYHOmeDecor #SuitcaseDresser #Tutorial

And for the lip of the suitcase, I used a permanent marker and a ruler.

Adding Fun Labels

No stack of suitcases is complete without a stamp or sticker to show where you’ve been, right? The Graphics Fairy was my go-to place to get a few of those. As luck would have it, one of the labels was for Sinclair’s conditioning powder. Can you guess what the hubby’s surname is 😉

There's just something about a vintage stack of suitcases that I love. Come see how we gave a boring chest of drawers the look

I have to be honest. The dresser facelift took us way longer than I thought, but I’m really happy with how it turned out. Every drawer is unique and besides the time and the stain, it only cost us about R150 for the whole makeover. That’s about $10 😀 And since the handles are all screwed into the drawers, pulling them open is a breeze. We used a thread sealant called Loctite on the screws before we screwed them in, just to make sure they don’t come loose. Those babies ain’t going nowhere 😉

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What do you think? Was it worth the time? I really wanted to write a post about how we changed each drawer, but looking through all the photos I forgot to take a whole bunch. So the best I can do is share some tips if you’d like to do something similar.

Tips on how to repurpose a bureau or chest of drawers into a stack of suitcases

  • Look for really, really damaged suitcases. The ones with big rips in them and bent frames. All you want is the “hardware” (the handles, locks, buckles and interesting bits). If the locks don’t close that’s also okay. You can just glue them shut.
  • Before painting or staining the dresser pick a color palette that matches or compliments your existing decor.  We have terracotta tiles throughout the house so we tend to stick with warmer colors.
  • Choose a muted, neutral color for the frame of the dresser to anchor the piece. The walnut stain we used creates a beautiful backdrop to showcase each drawer.
  • Don’t worry too much if the suitcases don’t match. Everything can be painted. We used a wash of acrylic paint to “warm-up” the leather that we stuck on the drawer second from the bottom. Even the hardware can be painted to fit your color scheme
  • If you don’t want to glue leather onto the drawers you can play around with interesting stencils or just paint each drawer before adding the hardware.
  • Add interesting touches and don’t be scared to mix and match the salvaged bits. Look at pictures of actual suitcases and try and mimic the look. We used bits of leather on the corner of some the drawers and stuck then on with glue and thumbtacks.

Mix and match pieces from the broken suitcases to create interest
  • To create a “lip” (the portion that where the lid goes over the suitcase) just use a ruler and a sharpie to draw a straight line all the way across. About 1/3 of the way down from the top.
  • Make sure to align the handles in the center of the drawers before screwing them in. You don’t want your luggage chest of drawers to look like it’s going to topple over any second 😉
  • Treat each drawer as an individual work of art. Take your time. We tackled one drawer a day and experimented with all the bits and pieces until we were happy before sticking or screwing everything down.
  • A few labels or stamps add to the vintage feel. The Graphics Fairy has a whole bunch that you can download for free. She’s the best.

I Love Our Epic Stack of Suitcases

Every time I look at the chest of drawers, erhmm I mean stack of suitcases, I feel like a modern-day Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, dreaming of a world of travel. I’m ready to pack up and go at a moment’s notice 😉 And she looks so nice with our room divider nightstands.

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But I would love to know what you think of the idea of turning a boring dresser into a stack of suitcases. Is it something you would do?

If you like the idea of repurposing a chest of drawers into a stack of suitcases please don’t forget to share and pin it for later.

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What about you? Do you love vintage suitcases as much as I do? By the way if you’re struggling to find some of the things we used, I’ve got you covered Disclosure: If you click on the links below, we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more unique DIY and craft ideas for you;-)

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Comments

  • Posted: May 23, 2019 03:25

    Kaz

    Gorgeous..all that effort paid off..
  • Posted: May 11, 2019 14:18

    Anonymous

    Love this idea
  • Posted: April 4, 2019 14:32

    Anonymous

    Now this is really amazing. I love old, stacked suitcases, too. You really made it all fit together. How did you get suitcases that all fit in the drawer holes?
    • Posted: April 6, 2019 04:19

      acraftymix

      Hi there 💖, each suitcase is actually a drawer that's been made to look like the front of a suitcase using whatever we could salvage from those really old, bent and battered ones we found at the thrift store.
      • Posted: April 6, 2019 20:06

        Laura Salvatore

        I absolutely love this. And frankly, I think it is FAR more useful and much better looking than the ones I have seen using the entire suitcases. Brilliant! I am so impressed.
        • Posted: April 7, 2019 05:39

          acraftymix

          🤗 Thank you so very much Laura, I really appreciate that
  • Posted: March 7, 2019 18:54

    Lynnette Young

    absolutely stunning and so very clever! You are very inspiring with your creative concepts!
    • Posted: March 8, 2019 04:46

      acraftymix

      Thank you so very much Lynnette, that means a lot to me
  • Posted: February 5, 2019 21:16

    Sam - Raggedy Bits

    Oh my, Michelle!! I don't know how I missed your AWESOME makeover!! This has to be the best chest of drawer project I have ever seen! You truly are so creative and clever!! Well done!!
    • Posted: February 6, 2019 05:12

      acraftymix

      💞 Thank you Sam, that means a lot coming from you. There are so many beautiful projects floating around the internet all the time, it's often difficult to see them all
  • Posted: January 29, 2019 20:39

    MeMe

    So much talent!
  • Posted: January 10, 2019 04:12

    Judi K (Tasmania, Australia)

    Not sure how long ago this article was posted, but just came across it on your blog now (10/01/19). Just wanted to say this has to be the most brilliant DIY project I have ever seen! You are a genius Michelle. I'm not very crafty, but this has truly inspired me to re-create something similar. I too am an avid traveller, so old suitcases are right up my alley. Got me thinking about somehow transferring old passport stamps onto part of it, just like your stencils. And now, I'm spending the afternoon scrolling through your miriad of other posts lol!
    • Posted: January 10, 2019 04:56

      acraftymix

      Awwww Judi, you just made my day, thank you so much. We made the luggage dresser two years ago and it's still one of my all time favorite makeovers. I think your idea of incorporating passport stamps is genius, especially since they'll bring back all those wonderful memories for you 💞
  • Posted: January 5, 2019 02:50

    paula

    What a great idea! So creative. It looks wonderful.
    • Posted: January 5, 2019 04:10

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Paula 😍
  • Posted: January 4, 2019 20:58

    DJ

    WOW....I love it!! So cool. You are so talented!!!
  • Posted: January 4, 2019 13:44

    Anonymous

    first time here ,and love the dresser and I love the detailing of this. It is really cool . inspiring in fact. I am 80 and I know this has to be a big project. I will try to do something smaller,
    • Posted: January 7, 2019 13:55

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much 😍 Time wise it's a big project but the actual work was quite easy. I hope you enjoy making over your smaller version too
  • Posted: December 29, 2018 22:50

    carly

    This was really inspiaring beutifull work cant whate to try it love it.
    • Posted: December 30, 2018 10:27

      acraftymix

      Thank you very much Carly, I'm so happy you like it
  • Posted: December 29, 2018 19:45

    Connie Parker

    Well, you wowed me! I've forwarded the picture and description of your chest of suitcases on to my granddaughters, and to another friend who, like me, enjoys "thrifting", which is shopping at thrift stores. Your project is perfect for the kind of stuff we rummage through every weekend! You and husband are real artists. You deserve to win a prize. Best regards, friend.
    • Posted: December 30, 2018 10:28

      acraftymix

      Oh Connie, thank you so much for the comment and the vote. We appreciate that so much 💌
  • Posted: December 29, 2018 18:41

    Sharon

    This has to be the absolute BEST DIY ever!!! Well done....................
    • Posted: December 30, 2018 09:19

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Sharon 😍
  • Posted: December 29, 2018 14:48

    Anonymous

    I love this makeover! What I don't understand is how the drawers pull open, since you removed the knobs. Are the salvaged handles or straps what is used, and how are they attached? I would think even strong glue would wear out after a while?
    • Posted: December 30, 2018 09:18

      acraftymix

      Hi Anon, the handles have all been screwed into the drawer fronts. We did put a little bit of loctite on the screws first to make sure they don't come out
  • Posted: December 29, 2018 12:33

    Ginger Lambert

    This ❣️ I am in love. I travel so this speaks to my ❤️. I also just cast my vote for you. So excited I could participate from Oatmeal, TX ( Yep! For Real) I'm going to the thrift store as soon as I can. The chest looks like it's real suitcases! Thank you for sharing
    • Posted: December 29, 2018 12:50

      acraftymix

      Awwwww Ginger, thank you so much for that 💞 We appreciate your vote so much. And you're most welcome, I'm so happy you liked the tutorial too
  • Posted: December 28, 2018 18:37

    Fran Winchester

    I think this is wonderful! What a great idea. You did a beautiful job!
    • Posted: December 29, 2018 05:33

      acraftymix

      Thank you very much Fran
  • Posted: December 28, 2018 15:53

    Karen

    I’m awestruck the creative juices that went into the making of this dresser!! I too have admired and wished to stumble upon those vintage suitcases to stack together but can honestly say I love this more! Love how you repurposed a boring dresser into a work of art . Thank you for the inspiration 🗺
    • Posted: December 29, 2018 05:34

      acraftymix

      You're most welcome Karen. I'm really glad you enjoyed the makeover. It still puts a smile on my face everytime I wake up 💞
  • Posted: December 28, 2018 14:11

    Jackie Kelley

    i have seen and maybe done dozens of diy great ideas but this one is the best! i can't wait to get started. I have the old suitcases that just sit on the floor, not too practical because what i want is always in the bottom one. I have a great vintage dresser that i never wanted to paint, just didn't feel right but now...wow. GREAT GREAT work you two. I voted right away, because you guys deserve it. Thanks for sharing. It is my 1st project for 2019.
    • Posted: December 29, 2018 05:36

      acraftymix

      Wow Jackie 🙊 Thank you. I hope you have loads of fun doing yours in 2019 and shout anytime if something doesn't make sense.
  • Posted: December 28, 2018 13:46

    Elaine

    Love this project. You are so creative!
    • Posted: December 29, 2018 05:30

      acraftymix

      Thank you so very much Elaine
  • Posted: December 28, 2018 10:52

    Jane

    This is a work of art, truly. Such an amazing and inspiring piece you've created. xo
    • Posted: December 28, 2018 12:22

      acraftymix

      🙊 Thank you so very much Jane. I really appreciate that so much
  • Posted: October 16, 2018 23:17

    Heike

    I love This ! Looks good it could fit in anywhere Amazing job well done you 2 . 👍👍
    • Posted: October 17, 2018 03:59

      acraftymix

      Thank you Heike 🙂 The luggage dresser was a true labour of love but so worth it
  • Posted: October 2, 2018 15:59

    Imogene

    Awesome job!!! Love it!!
    • Posted: October 2, 2018 16:10

      acraftymix

      Thank you Imogene and I absolutely love your name. How pretty
      • Posted: October 5, 2018 18:43

        Lois Brown

        I absolutely LOVE this. You have inspired me! One quick question. Are the handles secure enough to use as pulls? Did you use something special to secure these! I can't wait to look at your other projects. Thanks!
        • Posted: October 6, 2018 06:12

          acraftymix

          Thank you very much Lois 😍 and yes those handles are definitely strong enough. They've just been screwed into the drawers and haven't budged and we use the dresser every single day. I'll see if I can find a picture of us adding the handles. I know we took some and I'll add t the post.
  • Posted: October 2, 2018 15:50

    Ann Davis

    Wow! I love this. It is really awesome.
    • Posted: October 2, 2018 16:10

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Ann 😍
  • Posted: September 30, 2018 00:39

    Anonymous

    Congratulations and a big pat on the back. You've done an awsome job and I really look forward to seeing more of your projects. Talk about eye appeal!
    • Posted: September 30, 2018 04:30

      acraftymix

      THank you so much Anon. She's one of our favorite recycled makeovers 💕
  • Posted: September 29, 2018 14:10

    Cate

    Gee, what a "happy" looking couple. You both look so bored. He looks like he's ready to slap you and you look like you're ready to fall asleep. Get a new picture! Your picture alone makes me not want to read your blog.
    • Posted: October 1, 2018 16:10

      acraftymix

      Oh my Cate. I'm not sure how to respond to your comment. We both prefer making and recycling things to posing for pretty photos. First off my husband would never slap me, he's a gentleman and you're right I do look like I'm ready to fall asleep 😀 That's my night time look. We share DIY and craft tutorials on our blog and I'm sorry that our profile picture didn't appeal to you. It's one of the few we've got of the two of us so it's kinda special to me.
    • Posted: October 1, 2018 17:12

      Mary

      Cate, no one forced you to come to the blog. Obviously, you came here to admire the beautiful piece that the very talented Michelle and Shaun have created. We are all here to learn and praise this very generous couple who share their talent with us. If you are more into looks, perhaps you should go to a beauty blog! Now, is there anything nice you can say about this dresser?
      • Posted: October 1, 2018 17:22

        Scott

        Well Said Mary. Thank You. You cannot please all the people all the time.. 😃
    • Posted: October 1, 2018 20:40

      Rheena

      Geez lady you have some issues. Why would you say something so nasty
    • Posted: October 2, 2018 19:43

      Anonymous

      I'm sure they won't lose any sleep over you not reading their blog! What an idiot!
    • Posted: December 28, 2018 17:49

      Anonymous

      I think his look says, he is admiring her! Love it!
      • Posted: December 29, 2018 05:33

        acraftymix

        🤗 You're the best Anon. Thank you
  • Posted: September 29, 2018 13:59

    Sharon

    Omg! I am so in love! What a professional job, y’all are amazing, thank you so much for sharing
    • Posted: September 30, 2018 04:40

      acraftymix

      It's a huge pleasure Sharon and thank you so much for your lovely comment
    • Posted: January 4, 2019 14:48

      Linda

      This is so unique. Thanks for sharing.
      • Posted: April 7, 2019 06:14

        acraftymix

        You're welcome Linda, I'm so happy you liked the idea
  • Posted: September 12, 2018 22:26

    Susan

    Michelle this dresser is amazing!!
    • Posted: September 13, 2018 04:25

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Susan 🤗
  • Posted: August 28, 2018 15:40

    Maude

    I love this ...it is just awesome !!! You and Hubby did an Awesome job ....I have old suitcases in my barn but they are in really good shape so I won't be using those to do this but I will be on the lookout for some really bad ones to tear apart ....lol......
    • Posted: August 29, 2018 05:28

      acraftymix

      Thank you Maude 😍 Best save those suitcases that are still in good condition, they're becoming so collectible. It's the badly dinged and damaged ones you want
  • Posted: July 24, 2018 08:59

    Anonymous

    My friends calls me a 'show off' for always sharing this :) :) :) And yes I'm a proud 'show off'
    • Posted: July 24, 2018 14:52

      acraftymix

      😍 Thank you 😍
  • Posted: March 15, 2018 19:26

    Anonymous

    I am in love with this!!
    • Posted: March 16, 2018 04:53

      acraftymix

      Thank you Anon, I'm really glad you like it
  • Posted: March 14, 2018 01:41

    Angela

    OMG those drawers look incredible! I absolutely love suitcases but the vintage, cool ones, are beyond my price limits sadly. When looking in local charity shops they only seem to have the naff 60s and 70s ones for a cheap price so I haven't bought any but now I see how I could use bits and pieces off them I am definitely going to up-cycle a three drawer cheast of drawers I have in my bedroom that is pretty hideous! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing make over, you made my day xx
    • Posted: March 14, 2018 05:14

      acraftymix

      ❤ I'm so happy to hear that Angela and you're right those vintage ones are horribly expensive now. I'm sure you'll have loads of fun digging in that pile of "not so cool" suitcases to find ones that have pretty handles and other interesting bits you can use. And if they're already broken so much better. Let me know how your chest of drawers turns out too. I'd love to see a picture
  • Posted: February 2, 2018 15:22

    Shirley

    This is just an unbelievably fabulously stunning piece of art! You guys rocked this! Took your time and made it your own and I just can’t even begin to tell you how amazed I am at the finished product! I feel the same way you do about stacked suitcases. There’s just something dreamy about them. I have been trying to find a way to incorporate them into my life as well, actually my living room area. I actually have many suitcases to work with but nothing ever feels quite right with them together. I don’t want a chest of drawers BUT you did give me much incentive to totally change the look on some of them to make them coordinate. So thank you for this wonderful tutorial!
    • Posted: February 2, 2018 16:53

      acraftymix

      Shirley, you just made my weekend 💕 Thank you so very much for you're beautiful comment. I think our gypsy spirits recognize the promise of travels somehow. I still wake up every single morning with a smile on my face when I see the dresser. Thank you, tomorrow I'm going to have a double smile because of you
  • Posted: January 7, 2018 22:26

    Karissa Lininger

    Nice account.
    • Posted: January 8, 2018 06:18

      acraftymix

      Thank you Karissa
  • Posted: December 23, 2017 15:27

    sandee Anderson

    Wow!! You two are so talented. I'm a designer from Iowa in the states and am so happy to have found your blog.
    • Posted: December 25, 2017 03:27

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Sandee and I'm real happy you found us too 🙂
  • Posted: December 16, 2017 14:42

    Debbie

    Michelle, I don't know what I can say that previous posters haven't but I just wanted to add that you are one insanely talented couple and this turned out AWESOME!
    • Posted: December 17, 2017 04:31

      acraftymix

      Ahhhhh Debbie - thank you so very, very much. I still love waking up in the morning and seeing our luggage bureau. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside to know that we made it. Thank you
  • Posted: November 2, 2017 12:17

    Gloria Fields

    This is absolutely gorgeous !!! It gives me a lot of ideas for a chest of drawers that I'm wanting to do this winter. I'm definitely going to pin it so I can go back and refer to your great ideas. Thanks and keep up the great work. Hope to see more !!
    • Posted: November 2, 2017 12:58

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Gloria 😊 I would love to see how yours turns out
      • Posted: November 11, 2017 22:07

        Rebecca

        I love this. It turned out amazing! I am going to do this too. I have been saving bits and pieces too. I just need the right chest for it. Thanks for sharing yours with us.
        • Posted: November 13, 2017 11:55

          acraftymix

          Thank you so very much Rebecca. I hope you find your chest soon
  • Posted: October 11, 2017 17:53

    Anonymous

    Nice project cool way to use the luggage, thanks for sharing.
    • Posted: October 12, 2017 08:17

      acraftymix

      Thank you very much :D
  • Posted: October 2, 2017 08:55

    Nina

    I adore this! I've seen a few of real and faux suitcase drawer chests, but this one is by far my favorite! You two are such an inspirational and creative couple...this project and your blog: pinned. Best regards from Germany :) Nina
    • Posted: October 2, 2017 11:21

      acraftymix

      Vielen Dank Nina 🙂 We really appreciate your lovely words so much
  • Posted: September 4, 2017 23:46

    linda

    awesome creation!!!!
    • Posted: September 5, 2017 08:35

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Linda :D
  • Posted: September 3, 2017 15:59

    greenpear

    An amazing makeover! I just love it. Your craftsmanship and execution are lovely. A technical question for you: For the stripe across the front of each drawer that mimics where the lid meets the body of the suitcase, did you put that on in paint and how did you do it so it? I would appreciate some tips on how applied the "lid line". I would interested in a breakdown of how you did each drawer, even if you don't have any "in process" photos. Thanks for sharing an awesome project!
    • Posted: September 4, 2017 05:51

      acraftymix

      Hey there Kari, thank you so much for your lovely comment. The lines have been drawn on using a ruler and permanent markers. I'm afraid I would never be able to paint a a straight line. I always overload my brush and it looks uneven. So a sharpie and a ruler were the safest bet. I'll see what I can do about adding a breakdown of each drawer. We did take tons of pictures. I was worried that the post would be too long, but perhaps I can add a page two?
  • Posted: August 17, 2017 07:06

    Tamara

    Just wanted to let you know that this furniture piece is so beautiful. You have a very creative and artistic mind.
    • Posted: August 17, 2017 10:54

      acraftymix

      Thank you Tamara, I needed that today
  • Posted: August 14, 2017 17:15

    Michelle - Happy Heart Made

    WOW!!! AMAZING!!! So inspired to use this to revamp some things around the house!! Thank you for sharing Michelle!!!
    • Posted: August 15, 2017 11:37

      acraftymix

      That's a huge pleasure my friend, I'm glad you found it inspiring. Hope you have a truly lovely and blessed week
  • Posted: July 24, 2017 18:05

    Marni Holmes

    Absolutely gorgeous! I'm in total agreement with the rest of your commenters! Serious talent girl! Bet you wish you could just grab 'em and go on a trip. Lol! Maybe you can create that next!
    • Posted: July 25, 2017 05:47

      acraftymix

      LOL, every morn