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NYC Subway Sign Dresser

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
NYC Subawy Dresser - Before & After


  1. 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!!


    • Michele – That’s the beauty of it – it wasn’t a ton of work. How I did it guide to come out soon

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!


  7. 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!!

  8. 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)

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

  10. 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?

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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 turnstylevogue.com. Visiting from Primitive & Proper.

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

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

  17. 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

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

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

  19. 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!! πŸ™‚

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

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