Redesigned Dresser: First Place Winner!

November 8, 2017


I am so honored and excited to share another award-winning redesign!



This was definitely a different aesthetic for me, but I’m more than happy to work with a client’s unique style and inspiration!


We used these great McCobb Mid-Century Modern Feet from, so when I saw the contest announcement I thought it was worth a try!


The Furniture

Shawna reached out to me in hopes that I could help her with a dresser that was very special to her. It was a piece that belonged to her grandmother. In fact, her grandmother used to put Shawna down for a nap in one of the drawers when she was just an infant.


However, she wasn’t sure what could be done with it, as it was in “very loved” condition. There were several large burn marks from candles, lots of candle wax, scratches, missing hardware (and of course a very unique/rare piece), and a base that Shawna really disliked. But the piece was solid, and a part of Shawna’s heart. 


The Redesign

Normally, I might have done a lighter Scandinavian design with this dresser, but — between the damage and the missing hardware — we had to get creative. 

Then Shawna fell in love with a mid-century modern inspiration photo. The piece featured dark drawers, a white base, and MCM turned legs.


So we had a plan:


  • Stain the drawers dark. That would help us mask the filled hardware holes, since finding a match would have been like winning the lotto. 

  • Paint the base white, since there was no removing the burns.  

  • Find new hardware.

  • Replace the base with legs.


I searched for leg options and fell in love with They have a great selection of quality products.


We chose McCobb Mid-Century Modern Feet because they were just the MCM design Shawna was looking for. We added the wood cleats after speaking the very helpful customer service department. This particular dresser was very heavy and I wanted to make sure it had adequate support. In fact, we added a fifth center support to prevent the center from drooping over time.


After a long, hard search for the perfect hardware I stumbled upon this gorgeous walnut hardware from Forge Hardware Studio. They even resembled the original split handles. I gave Shawna a list of options and these were her absolute favorite.