Garden Subway Dresser

I had the bug to create a subway dresser for many moons although this creation by Bliss of Bliss Ranch put me over the edge:

It is easy to see why 
I adore this dresser.
Bliss and I were emailing back and forth the other day and she inspired me to try my own version of her most amazing creation.

I found the perfect dresser for my project…remember this find I shared the other day?
I found this amazing antique solid wood beauty
at a yard sale.
I was in hog heaven.

Ana rather liked it, too.

It only needed a few minor repairs.
I decided to keep the knobs as they had charm.
It is a great dresser.
They just don’t make them like they used to.

So…since it was Mother’s Day and I was able to do as I wished (can every day be Mother’s Day? Just sayin’), I chose to work on my dresser in effort to complete it for the show this weekend.

I used stencils to trace garden words onto the drawers.
I used chalk to do this and it worked like a dream.

Here was where I began this morning with my project:

Doesn’t everyone just have dresser drawers laying
around in the kitchen?
Funny thing is Chris never said a word. 
He knows me.

Needless to say, this dresser took a great deal time
and concentration.
 I L-O-V-E how she came out!
I finished her in the nick of time tonight with just a smidge of daylight remaining…whew!
I couldn’t wait to share with you!
I was gettin’ those pictures.
Say HELLO to Garden Gwen!

I stained each individual knob and
hand-painted every word.
I love her.
I can’t wait to see who else likes her, too when I put
her up for sale this weekend.
Just a few more days…
Linking To:

UndertheTableandDreaming Keeping It Simple

I Heart Nap Time


DIY Show Off
Ninth Street Notions

Home Stories A2Z

Between Naps On the PorchSaturday Nite Special link party via Funky Junk Interiors

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  1. Sweet!!

  2. So cute and I’m impressed with your ability to just do it! I usually have a hard time starting, staying at it or finishing. So you know I’m in trouble. Great work! I found your post at Crafts Keep me Sane.


  3. This is wonderful. I have a bureau outside that I put plants in last year. This would be perfect for that. So unique. I’m pinning. But I think it would take too long to paint the words by hand. i’ve never done wording before. Well, thanks for the idea. I do love it. Linda


  4. This turned out great Stacey! I love the wood knobs against the gray!

  5. Love your make over

  6. This is super cute! Looks great!

  7. Very pretty!

  8. Turned out great Stacey!

  9. I love this, what a lovely piece of furniture. I would find it hard to part with it! beautiful! CJ

  10. Turned out excellent! You will be unstoppable now, there is no limit on what you can write on. Where are you putting it, the porch?

    Thank for the shout-out too.


  11. I LOVE it. Fabulous job.

  12. What a great idea!

  13. That’s awesome! I like to do the same kinda stuff!!!

  14. The dresser turned out nicely, my favorite are the rounded letters, and the nice contrast with the white. Very nice!

  15. that is adorable! it would be cute to do that on top of a potting bench, too!

  16. that is adorable! it would be cute to do that on top of a potting bench, too!

  17. You must have a steady hand, I always go outside the lines – LOL!

  18. very cute! I love the theme of the dresser, original

  19. I love it, Stacey! What a change! Beautiful job!

  20. I love that you used garden words. What a fun makeover! Thanks for sharing at I Made It! Monday. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week.

  21. Sweet dresser! Loved the garden theme. It would make putting away all the tools fun. You’re featured this week on Share the Love Wednesday at Very Merry Vintage Style. Stop by and grab a feature button. Thanks for linking up–hope you’ll be back often.

  22. Beautiful redo, I love the grey, it looks great!

    Hugs, Tanya

  23. I love this!! So fun! Great job :-)

  24. I am in love with this dresser! You are so creative and I love your blog. I’m now a follower and would love if you could follow me at


  25. Such a pretty dresser now that you have worked your magic!

  26. What a beautiful piece! :) Megan

  27. Thanks for linking Garden Gwen up. May seems like years ago doesn’t it?


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