NYC Subawy Dresser - Before & After

This piece has been in the works for a while. We’ve had the dresser for a few months and I’ve been marinating on this idea for quite some time. We both love the NY subway art that is every where these days – and it’s especially close to our hearts because we both lived in NYC – at the same time, worked 3 blocks from each other, attended a few parties at the same time – but never met until we both moved back to Houston (within a month from each other). But that’s another story.

I came up with this idea based on the NY Subway art – it’s always something that we’ve wanted to have here in the house but it’s a matter of finding the right piece for the right place. So when this dresser came through – I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it.



This dresser before wasn’t bad – solid oak with a empire style front – sturdy but blah. So I treated it to a dark grey paint, old white and some distressing. The top was stripped and stained – and the knobs to match. (How to guide to come soon) And now we have:

NY Subway Dresser - Finished

Finished NYC Subway Dresser

This piece is for sale – not matter how I hate to let it go – if you are interested, just contact us – $325 – Measurements: 49″ tall, 18″ deep & 33″ wide

Close up - NYC Subway Art Dresser

Close up of distressing & knobs


Stained top - NYC Subway Art Dresser

Stained top


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NYC Subawy Dresser - Before & After

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83 Responses to NYC Subway Sign Dresser

  1. cassie says:

    WOW!!! that is freaking awesome!

  2. amy says:

    cassie is freakin’ right about the freakin’ awesome dresser!! okay, spill the beans…did you use stencils and just paint one letter at a time? fess up, lady…or we’ll hunt you down!!

    can’t believe you can let it go! and that price is TOO LOW for all that effort! not a penny under $500!!


  3. This is so cool! Looks like a lot of work, but it was well worth it–great job! Thanks for sharing this week at Primp.

  4. There are seriously no words for how much i love this. This is AWESOME!

  5. That is absolutely amazing! Seriously love it and I’ve never visiting NYC in my life!

    I hope you’ll link this up to Knick of Time Tuesday!!

    What talent!

    Angie @ KnickofTimeInteriors

  6. Linsey says:

    It is AWESOME! I love it!

    โ™ฅLinsey @ Farmhouse Porch

  7. Glenda says:

    This is amazing. I want it! But, will have to try to recreate your masterpiece… I’ve never lived in NYC, but have been thinking about doing some type of subway art and listing the names of all the streets we have lived on.

  8. Jasmin says:

    So looking forward to a how to. I’ve been watching amazing pieces like this forever and not quite getting how they do it so neat and tidy. This blows my mind! I love it! And its ripping it’s way through the net at a mad pace! Way to go!

  9. Tracy says:

    Love it – agree that it is freaking awesome!

  10. Milla says:

    Whoa this is amazing! It greatly showcase my other love, graphic design and typography. Is this a stencil? If not, amazing job on the lettering.

  11. Jessica says:

    Aaaaaaamazing! I love love love this. I’m sure this will be the new Union Jack. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Tania Angelo says:

    Wow… I mean Wow! That is SO COOL!!! I have a tall, skinny dresser that I’ve been thinking about redoing… what you’ve done would look so cool! I’m inspired! I don’t know how you can even CONSIDER selling it! It would be so hard to part with!


  13. Linda says:

    This piece is really fabulous…you did a wonderful job!

  14. Courtney says:

    This is soooo fantastic!! I’ve seen lots of subway art…but never on a dresser. Great idea!!
    I agree with Amy, the price is too low!:)
    Awesome stuff! Love it!!

  15. Lori says:

    Wow I just love it!! I can’t wait to read how
    you did it ~

  16. SueBee says:

    All I can say is WOW!

  17. Karen says:

    Oh WOW!!! I stumbled upon your beautiful site/dresser while blog hopping. I stopped in my tracks when I saw this. I’ve been searching for an idea to redo an entry way dresser that I have. I’m absolutely in LOVE with your redo. Can’t WAIT for tutorial. TFS :o)

  18. hilary says:

    this is amazing! LOVE!

  19. Desiree says:

    Thank you for linking your dresser up. Love it!

  20. LOVE this dresser. OMG SERIOUSLY! I hope you don’t mind, but I’m totally going to share this post on my Facebook and pin you! LOOOVING it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Misty says:

    I have no words for how absolutely AMAZING this dresser is. And trust me I’m never at a loss for words ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to “borrow” your idea. I’m going to pick up the dresser tonight. I’m a huge sucker for typography.

  22. Suzy says:

    I have no words. That piece is amazing! I can’t wait to read how you did it. I’m definitely featuring it next week at my House Party if that is OK with you?

  23. Ashley says:

    Woah! What a fantastic transformation. Well done! I imagine that the knobs were a paint to strip…

    P.S. I came on over from the A2D link party!

  24. Pamela says:

    I Just love this! What great care you took…so graphic and perfect!

  25. Pamela says:

    Wow…just love this. So graphic–love the black and gray. Perfect!

  26. Karen says:

    This is so cool!!!! I am pinning this for a future project as soon as I comment here. I can’t get enough of lettered and numbered furniture, but this just blows everything else away. You have achieved a masterpiece with this. I can’t tell you enough how much I love it! Visiting from MMS

    ps I host a linky party every Friday, I would love it if you could stop by and link up. Thanks!

  27. Virginia says:

    I LOVE the dresser! You did an amazing job! I’m pinning it!!!

  28. Cheryl says:

    Absolutely F A B U L O U S ! ! !

  29. This is AWESOME & SO creative!!! Love it!

  30. love this dresser, what a great idea. you really did a fabulous job. id love to feature it if thats ok with you please let me know.

  31. I really love this! Such a great turn on the popular subway art.

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  33. Heather says:

    Thanks for sharing your awesome dresser!! I LOVE it! I am off to see how you made her ๐Ÿ™‚


  34. Lisa says:

    Great job…this is incredible! High 5!

  35. pandoras box says:

    Well done – so nice to see a unique idea !! Amazing story about your past – what are the chances??

  36. Deborah says:

    A . MAZ . ING! I absolutely love it. I just pinned it and am following. I have to find out how you did it!

  37. Megan says:

    I’m totally in love with this! This is going on my Pinterest for sure! Awesome work ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. great work. i’m not sure i’d be able to let something this close to my heart go!

  39. Shari says:

    This is spectacular. I’ve been wanting to do one for a couple of months now and this just gave me the inspiration I needed. I’m your newest follower and would love for you to visit me at Visiting from Primitive & Proper.

  40. Sassy Sites! says:

    This is FABulous!! What a fun way to showcase subway art! Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites FFA party! Have a wonderful Halloween weekend! XOXO!!

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

  41. Erin says:

    I’m with everyone else – this is amazing! I don’t think you’ll have any trouble selling this! Thanks for sharing this awesome project!

  42. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE!!!! I have seen subway art everywhere lately, but not on a dresser!! So creative!!!! i’m pinning it!!

  43. This is totally fabulous! thanks so much for linking up to VIF and for the great tutorial!

  44. gail says:

    I love the way your chest of drawers turned out! Funny story about ya’ll not meeting in NYC. ๐Ÿ™‚
    catching you this week!

  45. Courtney says:

    Love love love- sharing this at the party tonight- thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Beautiful. This is so creative and fun.

    Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

  47. Karen says:

    Thank you so much for linking up, sharing tomorrow at my party.

  48. Melissa says:

    I featured you today! Come by and grab your button!

  49. I LOVE this dresser!! You did an amazing job – so perfect! I featured you today in my Friday I’m in Love favorites!!

    – Jenn

  50. Shari Peterson says:

    I wonder if you could e-mail me the directions for the Subway Dresser? The directions won’t down load! I just love it!

    Thanks, Shari
    Las Vegas, NV

  51. PJ says:

    This is a stellar idea and you’ve done a wonderful job!!

    I’m your newest follower. Please stop by and say hi.

  52. Okay, so I’ve seen this dresser on everyone and their mother’s blogs because obviously it’s just AWESOME but may I ask you to add one more party button to that big ole’ list you got rollin’ there and share over at Trash 2 Treasure Tuesdays on the Korner?because I’m just LOVIN’ this work of art!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. Hi Lauren.

    This is so cool. You gave an ordinary piece a fantastic new life!


  54. lori says:

    Love the dresser! Hate to be a downer, but it’s not a waterfall. Waterfalls have a curved top it rolls down, just like a water fall.

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  56. Love this, so cool!
    Great job!

  57. judi says:

    jaw dropping gorgeous! i stopped dead in my tracks when i saw this. you did a fantastic job on this and had such vision for an old oaky dresser. i would SO love this but i will just have to read the tutorial. i’m thinking a vintage wardrobe turned media center will fit the bill. thanks for sharing your talent.

  58. Shelly says:

    That is one awesome chest of drawers~! I would love to have that for my boys room. Someone is going to be very lucky when they get it home!

  59. Pepper says:

    I love love love this Nick. Featured you on my blog tonight. Feel free to grab a button.

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  61. Just wanted to let you know, I “linked” you in our most recent post

    Thanks for the inspiration! Really nicely done!

  62. Angie says:

    I loved this piece so much, I took your challenge and created my own masterpiece. Thanks so much for the inspiration! You can check out my chest of drawers at the link below.

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  65. So beautiful!! I did my own version awhile back after seeing your amazing piece but nothing compares to the original! Thank you so much for inspiration! You can check it out here!

  66. Nancy says:

    This is very very cool. Would love to do a version with towns in Cape Cod. Please keep me posted re:how to! Love it!

  67. Selina Hoang says:

    Amazing job! About how long did it take you to make each piece?

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