MCM Dresser makeover

MCM Dresser makeover using Maison Blanche Wrought Iron & Americana Decor Primitive

I found this awesome MCM side table/dresser on the side of the road.

My eyes almost popped out of my head when I saw it.  It was sitting there all alone...  It was begging me to put it in my car to bring home!!

I had just picked up my little one from Pre-K, and I asked her "do you think I should stop and pick it up?".  Of course her response was "yes of course mommy...well if it is free".

All the way home (the full 5 minute drive) she was so excited repeating "Mommy you got a really great piece of furniture, yay mommy, way to go mommy"...

As soon as I got home I wanted to start painting it.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I ended up needing to take my father to the doctor on Thursday, and then again on Friday morning.  But, when we got home on Friday, with my dunkin donuts coffee (because I so needed it), I started on my transformation!!

Adding the first details -

First thing I did was use my Silhouette Cameo to cut out Subway Art Stencil.  I have been dying to make something over using subway art.  I just love it, and feel this was the absolute perfect piece.

I then painted the drawers with Americana Decor Primitive for the reverse stencil effect.

While the paint dried on the drawers, I painted the entire dresser in Maison Blanche Wrought Iron.

Using transfer paper I added the subway art to the drawers.  

I then painted over the top of the stencil with the Maison Blanche Wrought Iron.  

Prior to going over it in the Wrought Iron, I went over lightly with the Primitive.  This helps to have cleaner lines when you remove the stencil.

Once dry I peeled of the stencil!

It looks pretty darn awesome if I say so myself....


I wasn't done just yet...

It needed just one more added touch -

I decoupaged (free) NYC Subway maps to line the inside of the drawers...

I gave it a nice wax, and one coat of wipe on seal it!

It needed to show the maps of the art on the front... I think it is now complete!

Someone else's trash, will now become someone else's treasure!!

I seriously still can't believe I scored this sweet thang... It was in perfect shape, just needed a little love & it was good to go.

Until next time 

Much love, peace & happiness


  1. Great piece Lynn! and I love that you have your own cheering section!!


    1. Thank you Cheryl!! I love that I have my own little section as well...helps push me along :)

  2. That looks great! and I hope your father is ok and feeling better :-)

  3. Love it.
    The maps are the perfect finishing touch.

  4. This is so awesome! I am so glad I found your blog! Are you in the blogger group on FB? Do you have a FB page I can follow? I don't want to miss your next creation! -M

  5. Great job. I've learned a few things thank you so much.

  6. How perfect! Makes me wish people around here put free furniture out on the curb :)

  7. That is adorable! Thanks for linking with HSH!

  8. Wow, I love it. Subway Art looks perfect and what a great idea with map liners! Pinning:)
    I do hope you will share it with my Big Autumn Bash Link Party!


  9. I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVE THIS DRESSER MAKE-OVER! I love NYC! Coming to you from Treasure Box Tuesday! Pinned and Stumbled!

  10. This is so awesome...JUST LOVE IT !!
    I have a piece that I want to do this on...I don't have a cutter thingy that you have to make stencils but am wondering if I can BUY large stencils and use your method of doing it all..? Wonder where I might find the large letter stencils?
    I am pinning....:)

  11. Really, really cool! Love the touch with the drawers lined with maps!

  12. Hi Lynn. Over the weekend my son's girlfriend and I were admiring your subway dresser and pinned it. She brought over a very similar dresser for me to do a makeover and we were gathering inspiration for her design plan. Love what you did with yours!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    1. Oh Marie thank you! I am happy you guys liked it. It was a fun one to do and I am loving that it is such a hit!

  13. the maps are the perfect finishing touch!

  14. Hello cute lady! This looks so cool. Pinned. We couldn't think of anyone better to party with. We hope to see you tomorrow at 7 pm.
    Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

  15. What a fun makeover! Found you on the Natasha in Oz Link up =)

  16. Great idea! I love train related things.. Thanks for linking up to Think & Make Thursday. I'll be featuring it on !

  17. Oh I just LOVE this piece! The graphics are gorgeous, but then you went and added the map liners too... gah! Super cool!


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