Farmhouse Decorating Tip: Dressers in Living Rooms

One of the reasons we all love Farmhouse Style Decorating is because of the ease of repurposing pieces. I love to move my furniture around to unexpected places. Oftentimes, a dresser in a living room is just what you need to both store items AND create a nice vignette.

When I moved into my tiny apartment back in October, I needed to maximize my storage space which meant using furniture in unexpected ways. Storage for kitchen items and clothing were both my biggest challenges. To help me get a handle on my clothes while still looking attractive, I chose to keep one of my dressers and use it in the living room behind the sofa. It now serves as a dresser, sofa table, lamp table, buffet, you get the picture... It was used as a buffet for my Thanksgiving Dinner. (Please ignore the shelving. In PROGRESS).

I recently completed a small chest-of-drawers with just that in mind, using it in unexpected places. This nice little cast-off piece is large enough to hold a ton of items while being small enough to squeeze into even the smallest of spaces. It could serve well in a Farmhouse/Cottage themed living room or office or more appropriately, serve as a dresser in a nursery or little girl's bedroom.

Refinishing furniture can be a very creative process. There are so many techniques you can use to make something look old - from layering paint to using different finishing products. You will see that I created a chippy paint look on a dresser with an otherwise smooth finish. Since it was a small chest-of-drawers, I decided to go with a French - Cottagey look that would serve well in a bedroom, nursery or even a living area. I used stencils on the top and lightly distressed the pattern to blend in with the chippy edges. This dresser is just the right size to put anywhere. And let's face it, the Farmhouse style lets us use dressers in areas where they traditionally did not belong; one of the many reasons I love it so much! Make sure to scroll through the close ups to check out the texture I was able to give this dresser, giving it a worn-over-time feel.

No more gabbing, here are a few more photos of my dresser transformation.

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