If you're not in the market for a brand-new piece of furniture, but you'd like to refresh your tired-looking cabinets or set of drawers, a new set of fun drawer pulls could do the trick. They're easy to install and can bring a new sense of life to your favorite furniture that just needs a little update. Check out these pulled picks and prepare to be inspired!
"My husband and I recently received a beautiful bedroom set from an elderly relative who was looking to downsize for a smaller place. However, inside the drawers have a very distinct musty smell to them. I tried leaving the drawers open and airing it out for a few days, but the smell is still there. It is an absolutely stunning piece, and I really would hate to part with it. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!"
Lindsaypie, try one of these techniques. I hope they solve your smelly dresser issue!
- Pull out the drawers and allow them to air out in a sunny space outdoors for a few days. Of course, bring the drawers inside overnight and if the weather turns.
- Spritz the drawers' interiors with a mix of vinegar and water.
- Use a diluted solution of oxygen bleach to swab the drawers.
- Try putting dryer sheets or activated charcoal in the drawers after treating with one of these other methods to keep musty smells at bay.
Do you have a surefire way for dealing with musty smells in a dresser? Tell Lindsaypie about it in the comments!
Finally, I've officially moved in, start to unpack, and realize that my new kitchen only has one drawer. One drawer. With all my serving ware, utensils, bar tools, random gadgets (egg poacher, immersion blender, etc.), and food storage (foil, parchment paper, saran wrap, etc.), I definitely need more than one drawer. What should I do? Put a dresser in the kitchen?
Get a food storage shelving unit? Help readers! I would love to hear your advice.
Urban Outfitters' new Stacked Drawers Vanity ($498) is made of stacked drawers, topped with a jewelry-box compartment with an underlid mirror. I've seen this concept of stacking mismatched drawers to make a new dresser before a few times — see here and here — but I'm not sold on this particular execution. What do you think?
With the approach of Spring, I'm rethinking ways to add some fresh accents to my home without spending a lot of money. One project that I've been interested in tackling is refreshing my dresser. I also have some old drawers left over from a trashed dresser that wasn't worth saving, and I need something to do with them as well. Are you in a similar situation? Check out the slideshow for ways to add Spring style to your old dresser
Aging isn't an easy thing to do. For antiques, the phrase "things get better with age" is nearly always true when it comes to aesthetics and market value. But sometimes they do need a little love to get their groove back. When it comes to a chest or bureau with sticky drawers that no longer slide open and closed easily, did you know that the antiaging remedy is as simple and household-ready as a candlestick? Just pull out the chest drawers and grab a piece of wax or an old candlestick that's down to its last legs. Rub the wax along the tracks where the grooves of the drawers will run. Now, put each drawer back, and they should slide in smoothly.
While some people might take a look at these drawers and decide they were destined for the dump, Monica of Craftynest had a different vision. The drawers, which were salvaged from a 1940s kitchen, were found on the website Freecycle. Monica knew she wanted to transform them into something stellar, and originally thought they'd make great storage drawers by simply adding some wheels to the bottom. Ultimately, though, she decided to go in another direction.
To see how she transformed these salvaged drawers, read more
Dutch born Tejo Remy's 'You Can't Lay Down Your Memory' Chest of Drawers, designed in 1991, is part of the MOMA's permanent collection. It's a group of found drawers strapped together to create a single cluster of drawers, made of metal, paper, plastic, burlap, contact paper, and paint. You can purchase a unique, made-to-order set, one of only 200, for $51,616 at Retro Modern. What do you think?
This Ikea Aneboda Chest ($49.99) is pretty basic and nondescript, and its transparent drawer fronts are borderline, if not definitely, tacky. But, its three drawers are the perfect size for my knick-knacks. I pulled off a transformation of the chest that's more my style in under 10 minutes, with only three supplies. To see and hear about the results, read more
If I hadn't drilled it in with my recent Steal of the Day that I'm gaga for hexagons, you should know that I'm irrationally enthusiastic about this Paul Marra Black and White Lacquered Bone Chest ($5,200). Add my love of anything high gloss, the unusual skeleton-key fastening, and the trendy black and white elegance of this chest, and you can safely say that I've been swept off my feet. I guess I'm hooked on honeycomb.