Campaign Dresser Makeover

Happy Friday!  I can’t wait for the weekend as it has been a grueling week over at our house with everyone being sick.

I am so excited reveal to you my campaign dresser makeover.  You may recall the dresser I posted about here that I found on Craigslist.  It was only $50 bucks and you can see why below.

Here is the before:

Campaign Dresser Makeover DIY Gemma Pottery Barn

Campaign Dresser Makeover DIY Gemma Pottery Barn

It needed lots of TLC.

I removed and polished the hardware.  A coat of primer and two coats of paint later I had this.

Campaign Dresser Makeover DIY Gemma Pottery Barn

Campaign Dresser Makeover DIY Gemma Pottery Barn

Campaign Dresser Makeover DIY Gemma Pottery Barn

I was trying to knock-off Pottery Barn’s Gemma dresser, which costs about $1,350 not including tax and hefty shipping costs.

Pottery Barn Gemma Campaign dresser

Not bad for $50 and the cost of paint, right?  Bam!  Take that Pottery Barn!!

Stay tuned as I plan to write a post all about restoring campaign furniture, including tips for making the hardware “shine bright like a diamond!”

Linking up at Best of the Nest!

Have a lovely weekend!



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  1. Looks amazing!! I’m always blown away by the transformation of paint! Can’t wait to hear how you did it 🙂

  2. I’m in love!!! Campaign dressers make my heart happy! And I love love your bamboo mirror!!

    • I am sooo pleased with how it turned out. It was a ton of work, but the end result makes it look like such a transformed piece of furniture. The bamboo mirror was another Craiglist find. Since you are local Katrina we will have to meet up and do some thrifting!

  3. Wow! I love how this came out! Thanks for linking up and sharing!

  4. You did an awesome job in giving the campaign dresser a new life, Jennifer!! Love it, its stunning

  5. Jennifer, what a wonderful makeover! I love campaign furniture and am hoping to score a piece some day. I’d really love to have a pair of nightstands for my sons room. Great job! Thanks for linking up with us at Best of the Nest!

    • Thanks so much Jennifer! I seriously stalked Craigslist for a piece of campaign furniture. I think nightstands would be a dream. I think they translate well to both a boys and a girls space! Thanks for stopping by and for hosting Best of the Nest!

  6. LOVE this Jennifer!! You did an amazing job replicating PB!! I have one just like it, and it is so versatile, I know you’re going to be so happy with this for years to come!

  7. This came out amazing, what a dreamy piece! You got such a perfect finish with the paint, did you use an oil base?

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