Before and After: The last piece of my Hollywood bedroom set!

Dec 24 2015
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And now, I’ve come to the final piece of the puzzle of my bedroom set. The last Hollywood dresser before and after reveal! I already showed you guys this dresser’s sister here: Before and After: Refinished dresser goes Hollywood glam with black paint! And from there I showed you the old washstand that got a MAJOR makeover here: An old washstand gets new life and purpose! And now, this final Hollywood dresser has settled into its place. The story of this dresser and her sister is a short but very cool one. These two came over on the boat with grandma at some point. We don’t know how long she had them, could have been her whole life, could have been given to her from her her own mother. All we know is that for as all as all of us can remember these two pieces sat up stairs in this very room that became my master bedroom for DECADES. When grandma left us my aunt and mom wanted me to have these and my heart absolutely skipped a beat. They called for black paint, for shiny things, for sexy and beautiful, they called for Hollywood and I answered!

Hollywood dresser. With black paint, glass knobs and some elbow grease and old mirror topped dresser with beautiful curves becomes an absolute stunner!

After their many years up in the second floor of my grandma’s farm house, first being used a little then not being used at all. They collected dust and remained in just perfect shape. However, as much as it kills me to paint wood, they were not exactly solid wood. Incredibly old? Oh yes. But, still, they were veneer, and though they were beautiful, they were not perfect anymore and had their share of dents and nicks and water stains. Painting scared the hell out of me, but I plunged on ahead anyway.

Hollywood dresser. With black paint, glass knobs and some elbow grease and old mirror topped dresser with beautiful curves becomes an absolute stunner!

After two coats of primer, three coats of black matter spray paint and four coats of poly acrylic (sanding between most coats by hand with ultra fine grit sand paper) this dresser and her sister absolutely took my breath away.

Hollywood dresser. With black paint, glass knobs and some elbow grease and old mirror topped dresser with beautiful curves becomes an absolute stunner!

With the unique challenges of having my master bedroom in the second story, which is not a full second story, I just have very few places to put a dresser, especially a dresser with a mirror on it. Both dressers have mirrors and there was no way in hell I was going to use them without the mirror. So, this dresser is also doubling the night stand on the other side of my bed. The washstand became my night stand and the other dresser I literally designed a spot for when I framed in the other closet, or I would have had no place to put it up here.

Hollywood dresser. With black paint, glass knobs and some elbow grease and old mirror topped dresser with beautiful curves becomes an absolute stunner!

Now, I just have a couple of closet doors to build and my entire second story, my master bedroom, my master bathroom and master closet(s) will be all but done and I will finally be able to reveal it to you!

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A beautiful makeover. I like the choice of the black paint and glass knobs.

Helen Fern

Nice work!! Looks great – Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party-and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned and tweeted!

Sam @ Raggedy Bits

This turn out fabulous! Love the knobs that you used!

Mary-the boondocks blog

It does look very Hollywood glamorous Tarah. I like big pieces that can carry bold colors and this is definitely one of them Btw, the link to your bedroom tour is not working. Would love to see that.

Maxine White

What a wonderful transformation Tarahlynn!! Thanks for sharing on Wonderful Wednesday Link Party. I will be featuring it next Wednesday’s Linky party!!
Well done!

Maxine @


Simply Gorgeous!

Here from the Homestead Blog Hop!


Holly McCall {McCall Manor}

This piece has come back to life! I love the way it turned out.

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique

Hi Tarah,
Thank you for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday. I love the make-over on your grandmothers dresser and I think it is so special when we can re-love a family piece in such a way that it lives on in a new era. I took a tour around the rest of your farmhouse and wanted to let you know that I totally love all the changes you’ve made.


Fantastic! I’m about to tack furniture re-furbishing myself here soon, so articles like this are inspiring and helpful. Thanks again!! #smallvictoriessundaylinkup

Frugal Hausfrau

I do think you made the right decision! This looks gorgeous!!

Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday!



Awesome job! Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday. 🙂

Carol L Cook

Thanks for sharing your great transformation with SYC.

The Geeky Mama

I love DIYers! This is an amazing piece and I am so glad you get to treasure it more! You picked exactly what I would have done, the black paint and glass handles. It looks lovely! Now that my creative juices are running, I will have to go to the antique shop and give a piece of furniture, its life back. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing with the #happynowlinkup !


Looks great! 🙂

I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


Such a beautiful makeover! I love the shiny black paint and old Hollywood knobs. Looking forward to the reveal, and thanks for joining the #happynowlinkup!

Carla a.k.a Mrs. R

Tarah, I love this dresser. It has such sexy curves. I think the Hollywood Glam would have been the only way to go with this one. I especially love the glass knobs you chose! xo

Lisa Ehrman

Thanks for sharing this great post at Together on Tuesdays 🙂

Kathryn Griffin

Goodness, it’s gorgeous! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week’s bash. Have a lovely week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


The makeover is gorgeous! It’s wonderful that you are giving new life to all of these old pieces. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle. I’ll be featuring your dresser makeover at tomorrow’s party. Hope to see you there.


This turned out fantastic!!

Jennifer Bly

I love, love, love that dresser! Gorgeous – and those knobs are brilliant!

Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

Wishing you a lovely day.

Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle

Thank you for sharing this most beautiful dresser. I love your bedroom, very unique and lovely.
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Marie from The Interior Frugalista

Beautiful and glamorous makeover, Tarah and the glass knobs are like the jewelry on the little black dress – very nice!

Brenda E Young

Very classy, Marie stated it perfectly its an elegant little black dress with bling! Just beautiful, thanks for sharing it at Fridays Furniture Fix Tarah!

Gentle Joy Homemaker

I’m w/ you on not wanted to paint over wood, BUT there are those times when it is unavoidable… the dresser turned out so nice w/ the paint. 🙂


You must be really thrilled to have all the pieces DONE,finished, complete. This is beautiful furniture and I am sure you will love it and use it for a few more decades. Well done yet again.

Amber Harrop

Very Glamorous Tarahlynn – love those crystal handles

Cassie Smallwood

This is so beautiful! I love black furniture. It’s a great idea to use it as a nightstand/dresser to save space.

Jeannee Taylor

That’s a really sophisticated piece! Lovely!

April J Harris

Oh my goodness, what an awesome transformation! Your dresser looks gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing it, and the how-tos, with us at Hearth and Soul. Scheduled to pin and tweet. Hope to see you at the party again this week!


You always do such beautiful work. Quite inspiring

Iris Nacole
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