A Classy Upgrade from the Stars

The few days we have knocked out a number of serious makeovers at our house, including a side-of-the-road dumpster dresser.

It started with the celestial-themed dresser.  It was left for dead after someone moved out in Willow Glen.  Driving down the road, we saw it, and grabbed it.  If I was a six-year-old boy, I would have loved this dresser.  I am not.


This Bassett dresser had really nice lines, it just needed a grown up makeover.  I went back and forth on what color to paint this because the blue was done in gloss.  I settled for four thin layers of Old White chalk paint. I kept the original knobs, spray painting them silver.  I love the way it turned out!

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Why Travel, Cooking and DIY? A creative type, I have always loved painting and decorating as a hobby. Upcycling is a real passion. My mom was a Home Ec teacher when we were growing up. I learned a lot from her and because I love hosting get-togethers, I had to step up my game in the kitchen as well. And lastly, my love of travel comes from my Grandma Schmitt.

An Illinois native, I worked in the White House Communications Agency early in my career (President Reagan), prior to returning to Illinois State University to finish my undergraduate and Master's. After a couple of post-graduate internships (minor league baseball and Big Ten Conference), I then worked in college athletics full-time for more than 22 years -- first at the University of South Carolina for 15 years and then at Santa Clara University for the last seven years. We moved to Tampa, Florida in Dec., 2016 after spending 8.5 years in Northern California.

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