Those Who Can’t Buy, DIY





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original bureau, $14.99, Goodwill

stencil, Michael’s, $10.99

Get it?  It’s cool cause it rhymes…


I have history of buying fixer uppers at Goodwill….and not fixer uppering them…

cough, cough

but times have changed.

And I have fixed up.

The above bureau to be exact.

Whatcha think?

I like it quite a bit.

I started with the white paint.

And then was at Michael’s getting supplies to make something for my new niece Summer Jane, and saw the stencil I used above and knew I had to get it.

The example the stencil packaging had on it was of a bureau just like mine, same exact doors and everything, so I can’t take too much credit for seeing the stencil and thinking of my bureau.

It was pretty much laid out for me by Martha.

Martha Stewart.

I then tossed the idea up of either doing one in the center of each panel door, or two on each, like I have above, kinda.

I went with doing two, and then decided that was ‘two’ much 🙂 and did not do any on the bottom panels.  I think it works.

I’m in love with the stencil.

Adds just the right amount of elegance and whimsy.

And competely recreates the bureau.

I had wanted to do a nice refinishing of the wood, but that was much more work!  Apparently.

Baby steps.

My friend said the wood on top was not a quality wood like the doors to be refinished and would be very difficult.  And I had paint on hand, and then a stencil appeared in my life, so this is what happened.

Happy thrifting and DIY’ing,


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Debra
    Sep 17, 2013 @ 16:37:12

    Great job. And what a bargain.


    • mygoodwillfinds
      Sep 17, 2013 @ 21:19:21

      Thank you, it was a pretty good deal for such a big piece of furniture. And it was like a blank slate, my favorite. It makes me wonder why someone got rid of it. Oh well my gain!


  2. Two Thumbs
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 10:24:46

    I have that stencil! It’s my only one, so I use it for everything. Looks great on that piece of furniture!


    • mygoodwillfinds
      Sep 19, 2013 @ 11:22:44

      No way! That is so funny, must be popular, or we just know the good stencils ;). And like I said, the picture on the cover of the stencil was of it on a bureau, so not surprising thy it works! But I have since thought about covering everything it in! My walls…lol. They did have some other cool stencils I want to try out. Ones that are made to look like they’re going off the edge of walls or drawers or doors, kinda cool.


      • Two Thumbs
        Sep 19, 2013 @ 11:28:24

        I’m going with “we just have good taste in stencils” haha. I love stencils too, but they can be so pricey! I’m looking for a good paisley one right now. I used that stencil for a drawer I made to one of the trunks I re-did and also on a little vintage telephone table. It’s really cute and hides my mistakes well. I’m not patient enough to do stenciling right. lol

  3. mygoodwillfinds
    Sep 20, 2013 @ 16:34:20

    I’ll go with that too! And yeah they are expensive..the only reason I splurged on this was because the furniture was only $15 that it was going on! Kind of evens out:) But I’m gonna have to probably find em elsewhere if I want any more…


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