The Rest of the Oak Bedroom Set

March Madness: 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers

Welcome to day #24 of this wild and crazy March Madness series! Can you believe I’ve we’ve made it this far?

I’m so excited to share the rest of my parent’s bedroom set today. Yesterday I shared the piece with the prettiest and most unexpected results, my Mom’s dresser:

This was a dated oak dresser that was brought to life with DIY chalk paint!

The bright new paint job and the addition of the feet made such a difference in the whole style of this piece. The hardware didn’t hurt either. And you didn’t even notice the pretty curves at the bottom before.

So I told you yesterday that I headed over on an icy sleet-filled Thursday night because my parent’s had left that afternoon. In case you missed it, they were going to help take care of my brother and his wife’s 5 month old baby girl, while they moved. I needed all the time I could get and since they were planning on coming home Monday, I figured it would be tight, but I could get it all done in time. I’m not going to lie, this was a lot of work. Here’s how I spent my weekend…

Thursday night I cleared everything off, removed all the old hardware, and pulled out all the drawers. Nice cell phone shot of the chaos:


I was trying to keep what was in each drawer with that drawer. I also got one coat of paint on the two dressers, fueled by several thin mint Girl Scout cookies. They are so good!

I headed back over Friday morning after I got my youngest off to preschool and filled in the holes on the nightstand drawers (since I was changing out the hardware), and got one coat of paint on all the rest of the drawers. There were 15 drawers, ya’ll!!

I picked up my youngest after preschool and headed back over. I got the drawers to the nightstands sanded and painted, and one coat of paint on each nightstand.

Saturday morning I went back over and gave everything a second coat of paint. (It sure is easier to work when you have Girl Scout cookies.)  I decided I would leave it all to dry overnight before waxing on Sunday morning, and headed to a few thrift stores to reward myself for all my hard work. I was feeling pretty high on all the goodies I found (or maybe that was just paint fumes)…


That’s when I got a phone call from my brother. My parents were leaving to come home Sunday morning! What?! They are about eight hours away. That would never give me enough time. But it was too soon to head back over and start sanding right then, so I headed home.

My hubby was such a good sport that weekend, holding down the fort with the two boys without me. I told him I had no choice but to go back over and finish. After dinner, I helped get my youngest ready for bed, and then I headed back over. It took me until 3:20 in the morning to get it all sanded and waxed, hardware attached, and put back together. But it was done! That is such a great feeling.

Here is my Dad’s dresser before:

The difference isn’t as profound as my Mom’s dresser, but still a welcomed change:

Dresser makeover in DIY chalk paint.

That whole corner just feels lighter. Again, the paint brings out that curvy detail at the bottom.

The nightstands before… both looked just like this:


Nice. Um no…

Now they are very nice!

Oak bedroom set painted in DIY chalk paint. What a difference!

These got new feet as well.


And new hardware:


These came from Hobby Lobby, but were originally dark on the tips. I painted them in the same Heirloom White spray paint by Rustoleum as I did the dresser hardware.

Oak bedroom set painted in DIY chalk paint. What a difference!




Oak bedroom set painted in DIY chalk paint. What a difference!

Her furniture now matches the romantic French Country style she already had going in this space. I had planned to paint the bed as well, but I knew time would not allow for it. I think it actually grounds the space very well as is.

Oak bedroom set painted in DIY chalk paint. What a difference!

So how did my Mom like her surprise? She cried. The good kind, happy tears. She was so grateful as I knew she would be. I was so excited for her to come home and see it. She actually thought she was robbed because when she came home, it was dark and  a candle with a self timer that had been on the dresser previously, was sitting tipped over on the floor just inside her closet, and that’s all she could see. I told her somebody robbed her and left her with a beautiful new bedroom set!

Oak bedroom set painted in DIY chalk paint. What a difference!

We also made over her Master Bath a while back. You can take that tour here:

French Country Bathroom

French Country Bathroom Refresh

If you missed any posts in this fun March Madness series, you can catch up here:

March Madness Week #1 of 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers!

1. Today is a Good Day

2. Fancy Chalkboards

3. Flea Market Swap: Fabric Covered Basket

4. Lamp to Memo Chalkboard

5. Sewing Cabinet Side Table

6. Stool Revived

7. Cigar Box Upcycle

March Madness Week #2 of 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers!

1. Headboard to Organizer

2. Weathered Grey Caddy

3. Faux-Drawer Tray

4. French Linen Server

5. Three French Trays

6. Rosette Picture Frame

7. Planter Box from a Thrift Store Throw-Away

March Madness Week #3 of 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers!

1. Basket Upcycle

2. Paris, Table for Two

3. Owl Figurine Refresh

4. Paint a table & Keep the Beautiful Wood too 

5. Mason Jar Blue Headboard Bench

6. French-Inspired Coffee Table

7. Fabulous Bulletin Board from Thrift Store Parts

Here was my share from Sunday if you missed it:


Reclaimed Wood Tray





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  1. What about the one piece you can see in the pics of your mom’s dresser that looks like it has doors and drawers? Did it get redone or moved?

  2. Oh how sweet of you!! It looks amazing!

  3. AWww.. Christy, that was such a good post. Your mom raised sweet and generous daughter. Its so beautiful, and the added feet are perfect! Where do you get the feet from?

  4. Wow! Amazing transformation! You are such a wonderful daughter…great work!

  5. Connie H. says

    What a beautiful makeover! Great job. You are a good daughter indeed! Will you leave the floral paneled armoire oak or is that a future project? How does your dad feel about the makeover? I hope he is a good sport and doesn’t whine like some men do when wood is painted.

    • Thanks, Connie! My Mom was considering switching that armoire out for a chair, so with the time constraint I left it alone. If she decides to keep it, I’ll probably paint it for her. My Dad was equally as pleased with the outcome. They have had this set for 20+ years, so they were pleased with the changes. Of course whatever makes my Mom happy, makes my Dad happy. 🙂

  6. would love to know how you added the feet. i wanted to add some to a dresser, but the bottom was wonky and i couldn’t figure out how to do it.

    everything looks amazing! you did an awesome job–and in such a short time!

  7. Very nice!

    When you paint the drawer fronts, do you mask between the front and the sides?

  8. Oh that turned out so beautiful! You are such a hard worker! Really – 3:20 a.m.???
    I can’t wait to see what you do with the chair in the back of your van that you scored at the thrift store. I have one just like it!!

    • Thanks, Kathe! I know, I haven’t seen three am since my baby was a baby! Okay so that was only four years ok, but still. 😉 The chair I found is a bit unsteady so I actually bought it just for the spindles. It does have a great shape to it though, so maybe if I can make it sturdy it may get a makeover instead. 🙂

  9. Daaaaang girl!!! You are dedicated! Your mom is so lucky. 🙂


  10. marilyn polifroni says

    WOW !!!
    Love what you did… I want to finish a bedroom set what kind of paint and wax do you use? I have never done this before.
    love your site

    • Thanks, Marilyn! I love chalk paint for painting furniture. I use this recipe here: , but I love Annie Sloan chalk paint also. I use her wax as well. You can google her to find a stockist near you. Americana also has a chalky finish paint on the market that people seem to like although I have not tried it. I’ve seen it at Home Depot with the sample size paints. I hope to put together a complete guide to painting furniture soon!

      • marilyn polifroni says

        Thanks so much for your reply. I am going to try your recipe for chalk paint for sure. Unfortunately I live in a small city in Ontario Canada and cannot get Annie Sloan’s products. Is there another kind of wax I could use that would be just as good.
        Love all of your projects .

  11. Totally amazed with the changes you made w/paint and addition of feet. Our eclectic pieces of furniture could look more matched. Hmm, you’ve got me excited to do something.

  12. Jolinda lampo says

    Let’s just start by saying you are amazing not to mention a wonderful daughter. Your work is beautiful and I can’t believe how much difference the feet make. I would not have thought of putting them on but they make a world of difference. Good Job you get an A+.

  13. Sheila Moore says

    Absolutely beautiful!

  14. How lucky your mom is to have a sweet daughter as you!

    Your story reminds me of me when I was much younger–going a mile a minute, creating, cooking, working full time and taking kids to all their doings! Whew! No wonder I’m tired now! I still get things accomplished, just at a slower rate of speed! Hahahaha!

  15. Holy, talk about being under pressure! Your whirlwind weekend was so worth it though – the room looks so fresh and pretty. Love these pieces painted white and especially the addition of new feet and hardware. What a nice gift to give your parents Christy! I’ve got to say I think the posts on the bed would be fabulous painted too (sorry). The black metal will still ground the space.

  16. Christy, your work is beautiful and inspiring! I have a 35 year old, solid maple bedroom set that I’ve been debating painting for years and your posts might just get me to do it now! Like your mom, my look is Country French, also with a black iron headboard. Your mum has a thoughtful, sweet daughter undertaking such a big project as a gift for her!

  17. The change is stunning! Kudos to a great job!

  18. Can I adopt you Christy? I don’t usually love painted furniture, but you’ve changed my mind. You have a lucky Mama.

  19. The only thing missing is a picture of your Mom when she saw this magic! Darn! Great job.

  20. Your mom is one lucky lady to have such a wonderful daughter…..I’m sure that she is having the sweetest of dreams , now because of you!

  21. You are on a roll! One lucky mama for sure.

  22. Linda Petersen says

    Absolutely gorgeous! You are a very special woman~~~. Do I detect the whisperings of an E-book or something?? I have been hoping for that from you!
    March Madness has been so fun & inspiring. Thank you 🙂

    • You are so sweet, thank you, Linda! I would love to put together a complete guide for painting furniture. I get a lot of questions and it would be wonderful to be able to give my readers a resource they can refer to. Is that what you were hoping for? If not, I’d love to hear what you’d like to see from me! 🙂

  23. The new look is great and love the idea of the added legs to the nightstands.

  24. Beautiful transformation!!! Love the legs and everything about the furniture. It’s all so pretty now.

  25. Your parents are so blessed to have such a creative, talented, loving, giving and thoughtful daughter! Their bedroom looks beautiful! What a nice surprise for them!

  26. Wow, I bet you had no idea the job could be done so fast! : ) The whole room is so beautiful! Excellent work!

  27. It turned out great Christy!! So funny about the GS cookies! lol

  28. You did a great job, Christy! I bet your mom was thrilled!

  29. Christy, seeing what you’ve done with your parents bedroom set has convinced me to tackle our bedroom furniture, also!
    First, I have 3 projects I started working on simultaneously today, so when they are finished, I’ll see if I can convince the Hubs about the bedroom.

  30. Love the transformation. You’re such a sweet daughter! I love our cherry bedroom set but almost wish I had one I could paint. I have a whole dining room to do so will have to settle for that. I’m about ready to get started so have a question. What prep do you do before you paint. I’ve read some use mineral spirits but I’d rather not do that if it’s not necessary.

    • Thanks, Deena! To prep, I just clean my pieces with Lysol wipes, or generic brand of the same thing. Really it’s just remove dirt, dust, or anything else that has settled that you don’t want to paint over. 🙂

  31. Christy, I love the end results!! I have bedroom furniture very similar to your Mom’s furniture. I would like to paint it but hesitate because the tops seem to have an additional coat of veneer. Any suggestions? Will the chalk paint adhere?

    Thanks in advance,

  32. Aw, all the pieces turned out amazing! I bet your Mom was so thrilled!! And what great finds… You sure know how to thrift!

    • Thanks! My Mom cried, she was so happy with the surprise! I knew I would have to paint this for her eventually, so it was easiest to knock it our while she was away. 🙂

  33. Love the makeover with the bedroom suite – dresser, chest, nightstands! It’s hard for me to paint over solid wood furniture but something is gorgeous might make me change my mind. I also love the French-inspired coffee table and coordinating stand. As a matter of fact, I could take all these projects and put them i n my house! What a wonderful collection of inspiring makeovers!

    • I’m so glad you like it, Barbara! Painting over wood is a big step sometimes. In this case, my parents had purchased this set decades ago and were just not crazy about it anymore. Painting it gave them a whole new set! 🙂

  34. You are amazing – LOVE this makeover and I keep coming back to look at it again and again! We were gifted a hand-me down broyhill pine set (fontana) from hubby’s aunt and this is the look I’m going for! I seriously keep going back and re-reading (for weeks now!) to try to answer these questions on my own but just can’t zoom in enough to tell:

    1) – the nightstand knobs you said you purchased from hobby lobby – did you deconstruct them to spray paint or just dab some paint on the bronze end? If you deconstructed them did you also paint the screw part, or just the tip only?

    2) I am in love with the knobs on the long dresser as well – did you purchase them (if so from where?!) or did you just paint the originals (if so it’s an amazing transformation because they look completely different!)


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