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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Dresser Top to Faux Fireplace

A few weeks ago we went thrifting & came across this beauty at our local Goodwill:

I know what you're thinking...an ugly old mirrored dresser top?! What the heck are you going to do with that?! (at least that's what Nader thought).

I suppose I was feeling especially creative that day, because when we walked past it I immediately thought we could turn it into a faux fireplace!  Of course, Nader thought I was crazy at first...but I convinced him in the end.

UPDATE - 9/3/15: 
Would you believe that the dresser top has sat in our garage, untouched, since 2012?  I am a master procrastinator.  Seriously.

Fast forward 3 years later & I finally did something with it last month.  My mom had been wanting to make her own chalk paint, so I nominated that we whip some paint up, paint this piece, & sell it.

My dad added a wood top to the dresser to finish the mantel portion.  Then my mom & I made some chalk paint using a recipe which we found online.  We did not prime the dresser - just slapped on 2 coats of chalk paint.  Once dry, we sanded it down a bit to give it a more rustic look.

It has some some brass accents which we left unpainted:

Our original idea was to place a bunch of candles on the base - we thought it would give off a great ambiance with the mirror reflecting all the candlelight.

We ended up selling it on Craigslist to a nice couple who were looking to "create a little ambiance"!  Win-win!



  1. What a great idea! It will be fun to see what you do with it.

  2. ohhh and I am in love with cozy pilows (photo N4)!!! thats a great idea for my very long "to do" list!

  3. I'm getting ready to turn my old dresser top into a foux fireplace , I'm so excited!