Thursday, January 27, 2011

Drab to Fab Campaign Dresser

I've been obsessed with campaign furniture lately. There's just something about the clean lines and brass hardware that make my heart flutter. So, after countless weeks of searching Craigslist, I finally struck gold. I found not one, but two campaign dressers for $40. Score! Of course when the hubs and I picked them up, he gave me the crazy "why are you buying these" look. They were pretty nasty looking and had definitely seen better days, but all I could see was potential.

Here is the inspiration from Lonny magazine that got me started on my search.

Here are the not so great before shots.

Check out that grimy hardware!

I used trusty Bar Keeper's Friend to scrub off the layers of filth. Worked like a charm.

So, after 1 coat of oil-based primer, 3 coats of semi-gloss latex paint, and 2 coats of clear gloss poly, I got this:

Hardware shot:

Now, where to put these beauties?


  1. Beautiful! We need a funky, small bookcase for Emma's room so if you could be on the lookout that'd be great okay thanks! :)

  2. Jessica, I love your ideas! Hopefully it isn't creepy but your husband posted this blog post on Facebook ( I went to elementary school with him at ft. Sam) and I love love love this dresser redo. I have a blog too ( I love furniture refinishing. I've got more than a few projects going on right now which is hard with two babies! But, you've already got me scouring craigslist for a campaign dresser. Just beautiful! Cheers! Mary