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alisonwonderland
« on: August 25, 2005 05:45:29 PM »

I wanted to switch things around in my room a little bit and my new plan called for a little side table or something. I found this beauty at a thrift store for $7 or so and knew it had potential:



I sanded it with my dad's power sander and a little by hand sanding (where the power sander couldn't really do the fancy edging bits) since it's not really wood I couldn't just strip it. Then I painted 3 coats of white semi-gloss paint (from my garage, left over from room painting last summer). I wanted to jazz it up a bit but couldn't think how, and saw buttons and was inspired. I bought 5 little bags of mixed white buttons at Joannes and created a stripe pattern on the top (I would have liked to cover the whole top but realized I would need a LOT more buttons for that...). I also replaced the hideous handles with some new ones from OSH.

Tadaaah! I'm really happy with it. I might switch it with my current bedside table but I'm not sure yet.



Each button is hot glued on, I hope it holds.. I didn't want to drive to the store to get some other kind of glue. I think there are around 250 buttons.
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Arksiel
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2005 06:47:39 PM »

oh my god. this is absolutely gorgeous.... really sophisticated and simple, but with added texture and quirkyness.

If you are worried about durability, might I suggest you go to the local hardware store, and get a piece of plexiglass cut to size? you could just set it on top, it would protect the buttons and give you an entirely flat surface.

this would go so great in a room with that button covered sewing chair someone posted a while back!

did I mention that this is gorgeous? I should probably say it again!

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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2005 07:16:45 PM »

wow.  beautiful beautiful beautiful.

i second the glass-top idea.  i'd be a pity if any buttons got knocked off.

so gorgeous.  i've never seen glued on buttons look so chic.

wow.
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2005 07:27:36 PM »

Wow, that is a major transformation from 70's goodwill throwaway to beautiful expensive boutique type dresser.  I love it!
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2005 03:15:20 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2005 03:26:18 PM »

awesome.  so so awesome.
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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2005 03:33:49 AM »

ooh, very purdy, i want one! I might just have to borrow that idea!
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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2005 01:31:49 AM »

WOW! that is a neat idea. I turned out great. I hope it holds up for ya!
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alisonwonderland
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2005 12:51:38 PM »

hey everyone, thanks for all the happy comments Smiley I was thinking about getting glass cut to size for it, but the only problem with that is I like to touch it. I'll have to see how it holds up for a little while and then maybe glass will be the answer.. the nice thing is that I have extras of all of those buttons so I can repair it a bit if necessary... if it looks like it won't hold then I'll add the glass!
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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2005 01:00:22 PM »

Hey!

 I'm going to third the glass idea but if you like to touch the buttons (and who doesn't  Cheesy) why don't you elevate the glass maybe an inch and a half off the top of the top. That way you can still put stuff on top of the dresser, still get to touch your buttons and have multi level storage.


Good idea! This is so classy looking
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