OMG We Bought A House! Episode 5: Be Our Guest(Room)!

The in-laws are coming, the in-laws are coming! Watch the video above and see how we prepped our guest room for Joey’s parents. We DIY an old thrift store dresser and create a cozy, decorated space for our impending guests.

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This dresser had been DIY’d a few times before we bought it at the thrift store and it was ready for another one! I went for a two-tone look and used a textured spray paint on the drawers to cover the flaws and used rope for the handles!

Prep It:

  • an old dresser (we found ours at a thrift store)
  • drop cloth
  • sand paper
  • natural rope – we used 3/8″ diameter
  • paintbrushes
  • spray paint primer in white if you’re going light or grey if you’re going darker
  • x-acto knife or scissors to cut rope
  • contact cement (optional, to secure the rope knots)
  • gray paint (we used Valspar’s Man Cave)
  • white textured spray paint
  • wood putty – optional if you need to fill in any holes from the previous drawer pulls
  • drill with a 1/2″ drill bit







  • Remove old hardware and plug up any unneeded holes with wood putty, let dry and sand smooth.
  • Drill holes for rope handles – either drill the existing holes larger or create new ones. We used 3/8″ rope and drilled 1/2″ holes.
  • Sand down any super rough areas on surfaces you’re not painting with the textured spray paint and white clean with a damp rag
  • Spray the body of the dresser with the gray primer, and the drawers with white primer.
  • Paint the body the color of your choice, and use the textured spray paint for the drawers. Let dry.
  • Cut lengths of rope for the handles – make sure to give yourself enough slack to tie two knots. Tie a knot on one end and feed the rope through the two holes, creating a loop in the front of the drawer and tie a second knot on the inside of the drawer. Trim the rope and you can use contact cement to secure the knot if needed.

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Hope you liked this episode and DIY! Comment and let me know what you think!


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