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Gooooooood MORNING! It's the start of a new week and the beginning of a new month. A month that includes an especially tender holiday for me. Ooh I do heart Mother's Day... (sleeping in mixed with breakfast in bed, homemade cards and children trying extra hard to be extra awesome... topped off with heavenly voices that say "I don't have to cook!" )


Not to mention that I've been blessed with one FABULOUS mother myself.



(I received paint from CeCe Caldwell Paints for this project, however the thoughts and opinions expressed within this article are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links. 
Please read our full disclosure here.) 



This is my sweet mother and the inspiration behind my "Inspired by Mom" flip, "The Andi Dresser".
My mother's real name is Andrea but those that are close to her call her Andi.






There are three things you should know about my mom. The first is boy is she FUN! This lady is easy going, has the best sense of humor, and is usually the first person to laugh at her own mistakes.



Second, this gal has some amazing legs! She's tall and thin and although I didn't inherit her height and somehow got most of the undesired family anomalies, I was blessed with her leg genes. ;)
For that I will be eternally grateful..Thanks, Mom!



And last, I recently had the absolute pleasure of helping her perform a total gut job on her 1970's home complete with blue carpet, toll painted borders and yellow formica kitchen countertops. It took a year to complete but it sure was fun to help her pick out design choices and spend HER money! Good-bye blue. Hello clean, crisp and white!



With my mom in mind, I selected this discarded dresser from a thrift store. It has nine drawers and some amazing swirly details. Here's what "The Andi Dresser" looked like before. I realize it's not a proper stand up before photo op. That's because I got too excited and went to work on her before I remembered to take a photo. (I hate when that happens.) We'll just roll with it. ;)



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With my mother's height as inspiration, I decided to give this dresser some legs. I went back and forth trying to decide what kind of legs Mrs. Andi should have. And then, I discovered an economical option... fence post tops! Fence post tops?! Yes, Fence post tops! At $5.99 a top, I found myself a deal!



Here's what they look like: (Only picture them in a wood grain and not painted yet.) If you turn this around so that the screw faces down, that's the part that screws into a fence post. But, flip it around and it now becomes a leg. You can find these at your local big box hardware stores where they have fence supplies. They are economical AND it already comes with the screw pre-drilled. Bonus!



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See that upper corner. When we flipped the dresser on its back we discovered that there wasn't a structure to securely attach our new legs to. All four corners were like that. Your furniture piece may be configured differently but if you decide to add legs to a piece (and you SHOULD), I'll show you how we fixed our problem with no supports.




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We cut and added 4" x 4" blocks of wood and then secured them in place through the outside of the dresser by insetting the screws. We chose 4" blocks because that measurement made the block flush with the bottom of our dresser.




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Do you see how we inset the screw holes on the side when we attached the wood blocks? (See below picture) If you inset the screw, then you are able to hide the holes later with some easy peasy wood filler.




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At this point we flipped our piece onto it's top for easy workability. Then, we applied some strong adhesive glue to the wood block and screwed in the fence post top carefully matching up the edges so that they were flush with the sides.




You don't have to paint your legs first. I just opted to because I thought it would be easier in the long run and I'm all about doing things easy! (However, keep reading you'll discover that pre-painting was pointless for this project!). ;)




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After the legs were secure and the glue had dried, we applied wood filler to our seams and outside screw holes.  Once it was set, we gave it a really good sanding so the finish was nice and smooth. We we're ready to finish painting! But.  I.  couldn't.



Every time I walked by this piece and saw these legs, memories of blue carpet came flooding back and I decided that for this piece- I wanted something that would blend into my mother's newly designed home. So although, I had already started to paint her, I decided to switch gears.




...To white!  With just a few fence post tops Mrs. Andi was transformed into something beautiful, elegant and stately and is well protected for years to come! She has lovely height, new legs and amazing details that pop! Oh!... and those family rules, my mother taught me those too!



I also like these shades of white furniture paint which you can find here, here and here.


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Consider adding legs to your next project? Just because it didn't arrive like that doesn't mean you can't alter it! It's simple, easy and gives you the flexibility to create all sorts of new furniture pieces that you thought we're out of reach (bathroom vanities, kitchen islands, etc.) No pun intended. ;)



Not convinced yet? Stop by to see how we added legs to this Peacock Blue Buffet, our Gorgeous Grey Media Console,  this Emerald Green Repurposed Cabinet or this Pure & Original Painted Hutch.



Would you like to see additional repurposing furniture tutorials? Stop by our Furniture Painting & Tutorials page to see lots more furniture before and afters and learn more!



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Happy early Mothers Day everyone.

And Mom... I sure love a million things about you!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street




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38 comments

  1. Love the transformation. I love white furniture. So happy to be participating in this co-hosting adventure with you.

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  2. I absolutely love your creations!!!! You have such talent! I also adore your Mom! She is the very best!!!!!

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  3. This has to be one of my favorite dresser DIY's to date! I love the fact that you added legs...The legs make them feel more regal. Love it!

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    1. Wow Jess! Thanks for the sweetest compliment... that made my day!

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  4. I love that you added the legs to this piece. It makes it look so much better! It turned out beautiful!

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    1. Adding legs is such an easy thing to do! This piece is being turned into a bathroom vanity. ;) Thanks for the lovely compliment!

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  5. Adding that style of leg compliments this dresser beautifully. Stunning makeover!

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  6. What a beautiful transformation! I don't think I would have ever considered the fence post toppers as legs, but they work fabulously. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

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  7. This is beautiful! What a great idea for the legs. Pinned and Tweeted. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday.

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  8. I like how you blended your mother's attributes -- tall and leggy -- with this dresser. It looks beautiful, and your choice of legs works nicely. I saw your link at the Vintage Inspiration Party. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey www.irisabbey.com

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    1. Thank you for the lovely compliment... This piece had special meaning to me! :)

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  9. I love the white, and I'm sure your mom did too. What a wonderful tribute to her! This piece is gorgeous, the lines, the woodwork, the legs and the hardware, simply stunning. Great job!!

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  10. Great transformation! The white looks fabulous and I love that you used your mom for inspiration! thank you so much for sharing your amazing furniture projects @ Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. I hope you will join us tomorrow night @ 8 EST. Take care, Tara

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  11. Behold the power of paint! You really gave this dresser new life. Happy to feature you at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. You are right. There is power in paint. :) I'm really honored... there are always so many fabulous projects! Thank you for choosing ours!.. Carrie

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  12. Wow! This piece looks amazing! The color, the details, those legs... beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Talented Tuesdays!

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    1. Thank you for hosting, Amy! It's always fun to see what others are doing!.. Carrie

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  13. Gorgeous! You truly have a talent for making furniture look beautiful. Thanks for linking up at the Creative Circle Link Party!

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    1. Wow! Just the nicest compliment. Thank you!

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  14. I'm a big fan of this piece. Amazing. Really like the white with black hardware and the look that is not distressed. If you want to be distressed, look at the "before" picture. I am not one who can envision the final look of a project. Some day I might find myself amidst ugly furniture...but not for long. Thanks for the inspiration. I appreciate your talent.

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  15. I also have a piece that I want to add legs. However, I am great at copying a look, but to come up with it - nope. My question is how do you know what size legs to add. Is there a "rule" like hanging a picture to be eye height, or personal preference. By the way you do beautiful work, and are an inspiration to me - if she makes it so beautiful, maybe I can too. Thanks.

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    1. I don't really have an exact rule to share with you other than to say you want to make sure that they legs you choose are proportional to the piece itself. It's easy to go too small. It's harder to go too big (unless it's height). So if you're on the fence between a few, go with the bigger of the two. Shape and style also matter. If you ever want help choosing, email me some pictures, I'd be happy to help you choose! Good luck! carrie@thirtyeighthstreet.com

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  16. The height from the legs makes such a huge difference! Beautiful.
    Sara @ finditfixitorbuildit.com

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    1. Thank you, Sara! I think adding inexpensive legs gives furniture so much bang for the buck!

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  17. Where did you purchase the fence post tops

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    1. Hi Amy! I purchased these fence post tops at Home Depot. I'm sure any big box hardware store would carry them.

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  18. Thank you! Just found them. The other stores weren't as flat on top!

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  19. Took one look and thought: "ballerina legs"!
    Lovely job. Thanks for the good photos and explanation of how you did it.
    New here, but know I'm gonna like it in your neighborhood.
    MJ

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    1. Thanks, MJ!...Glad you found us! And now that you've said it, I think they do look a little bit like ballerina legs! ;)

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  20. I'm in love with this idea and the creation you came up with! I'm considering adding fence post tops as legs to my solid wood hutch but am worried the stubby 6" tall posts may not hold the weight. Do i need to add additional support?

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