This is the first dresser that Brian and I bought when we got married (almost 18 years ago). It was unfinished and CHEAP. We stained it on our tiny apartment balcony and were set. When the kids got older the simple dresser moved on to their room and served them well.
This last month, the boys decided they wanted their own rooms. That meant I got kicked out of my craft room (heavy heart) and we had a lot of furniture to move. The boys needed separate dressers and I needed more storage for my craft stuff. I couldn't just toss out a dresser that was still functional.
I got inspired by something I saw on Pinterest. After chatting with a friend who owns a cool antique book business, Book Decor, she encouraged my vision and even offered to give me some old books (from the 1800's) that she couldn't sell. They both seem to be in German - one is a poem book and the other might be a dictionary.
My craft room has been moved to the "formal dining room", so it's out in the open. (Total pressure to keep it decent looking.) I wanted something with a little more character. This fits my needs completely. I love how it turned out.