DIY: Antique Dresser Makeover


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Hello lovely readers!  Well, it is happening.  Slowly but surely we are starting to get our house put together.  Now that the kitchens and bathrooms have major renovations completed, we can finally unpack and get organized.  I have lots of projects in our new house still to complete, and while some of that is happening, I also want to share with you projects from the past that you can still see in our home today.  I always wonder when I see tutorials on blogs how long (if at all) the items are actually used in that blogger’s home.  Most of the projects you will see in the next couple of weeks were completed before Squirt was born, and they are still in use today!  I am going to start with one of my all-time favorites, a complete dresser makeover!

This is the dresser that was in my nursery when I was just a wee little baby.  It’s obviously great quality, and obviously not so attractive anymore.  So I decided to give it a little makeover!  Here it is in its before stages:

And here’s what I did to make it pretty!  First, I took off the lovely old brass drawer pulls.

I knew I was going to use a single knob on the drawers, so I filled in the extra holes using wood filler.

Then it was sanding time (aka my least favorite step in the furniture painting process).

Then it came time for priming.  Remember to always use super thin coats when priming furniture.

Then came the fun part, the painting!  I used Martha Stewart metallic paint in Thundercloud.  I actually had it left over from another project, so I didn’t even have to buy new paint.  For the dresser, I used a combo of a small foam roller and a foam brush to fill in the nooks and crannies.

Then I attached these awesome acrylic crystal-looking knobs that I found on Amazon.  I seriously looked all over the place before turning to Amazon, I should have known to start there in the first place!  I got ten knobs for about half the price of any others I found at hardware stores.

And here ya go!  I absolutely love how the dresser turned out!  I also love the fact that there is sentimental value to this piece, but it is still something that fits in with my current aesthetic.


Here is a side by side of the before and after:


This dresser is still located in our master bedroom and I still love it!  It’s glam without being too girly, and it is super functional and gives us a lot of storage.  Keep your eyes peeled for this gem when I do our master bedroom reveal!


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