Friday, July 15, 2011

Dresser Redo

When we got married and moved into an apartment that was unfurnished we realized the luxury of owning a dresser. Which we didn't. We had to go buy one and then put it together- we were so desperate to have one immediately that we didn't even take the time to try to find a good used one. Well, okay, to be fair to ourselves we did look for a minute, but didn't find anything that looked like it hand't been sent through the dishwasher a couple times.

So, when my sister got married in May I put on my thinking cap for gift ideas. "Maybe she would like somewhere to put their clothes?" I thought. Genius.
My mom and I did the mighty garage sale hunt to find a good used dresser, and we found this lovely blue solid wood one. Lucky for us it didn't even smell bad.

The blue paint job wasn't sealed at all, so we could just paint right over it without having to scrape or sand any of the previous layers off. Great deal for us!  Two of my younger sisters helped me paint and redo this dresser. It was such a fun and easy project!

We used two coats of a creamy beige paint for the base. Once that was dry we tossed on a bunch of wood stain and then wiped it off with a towel. All the stain that was left was in the crevices and cracks, leaving it with a really great antique-look finish. I loved how this dresser turned out so much that I wanted to keep it for myself. Our newly wed sister was so surprised with this gift, and she loves it just as much as I do. I don't think I'll be getting it back anytime soon!


  1. Ooh! I love projects like this! I really like the paint color you chose and the wood stain gives it a fantastic finish. Great work!

  2. it looks great! what a thoughtful present. we didn't get our first dresser until we moved into our house. we just had our underwear hanging out in crates for four years!

  3. I have a new love for furniture redoing and a new admiration for other who do too. It is not easy! But the results are so rewarding! I really like the dresser and your cute jean quilt!

  4. sigh. I really do love the dresser. Everyone should seriously be jealous. I love it so much, I had to come return to it's redo months later and see it's amazing makeover. Love it!



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