August 27, 2013

Antique White 9-Drawer Dresser

This dresser was found on craigslist a few weeks back. It was really beat up, but still solid and functional. I got the vibe that the owners were a little embarrassed of it's condition. They seemed somewhat surprised when I said, "OK, let's load it up."

I keep forgetting that most of the population just want to get rid of their junk. It amazes me that they can't see what their junk could be. BUT -- better for me, right? lol. 

Antique Painted Dresser

I posted about finding this dresser here.
Her before...well.... I guess it's not that bad. Surely not something I would buy to use "as-is".

Antique Painted Dresser

But....she's pretty now....

Antique Painted Dresser

Everything was hand crafted on this piece. I used homemade chalk paint and also made the color by mixing some that I already had.

Antique Painted Dresser

I started by sanding the top down to get all the bubbling imperfections smooth. I didn't bother sanding anything else. That isn't needed when using chalk paint.

I proceeded to apply three coats of my homemade chalk paint concoction....

Antique Painted Dresser

Once the paint dried, I got out the sand paper and sanded by hand (no palm sander, no electric sander...just me and the sandpaper).  This process gave me blisters on both of my thumbs. I may decide to go with a palm sander next time...

After sanding I applied Minwax Clear Gloss Laquer to give it a heavy duty protective coat. I've found this to be the one protective coating that really does hold up.

The knobs were given new life with a rubbed bronze spray paint.

Antique Painted Dresser

If the old owners could only see her now. I bet they would be a little embarrassed.

Linking to:
Elizabeth & Co
Savvy Southern
Domestically Speaking
A Stroll Thru Life
The Vintage Farmhouse
The Crafty Blog Stalker
Live Laugh Rowe
Finding Fabulous


  1. looks great! what a great find! i am desperately needing something like this:) love all the antiquing too

  2. So fresh and pretty now! And look at all that storage! Sorry about the blisters!

  3. Gorgeous transformation!
    Need something like this for my home too.
    Thanks for this lovely sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  4. Love the dresser and the style and wow, what a difference. Love the new finish. I would love for you to link up to my ongoing party - Inspire Me -- Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  5. LOVIN THIS! WOW! I think you really transformed this dresser into a show stopper,just beautiful!

  6. Awesome Dresser Revamp! Thanks so much for linking up to Frugalicious Friday!


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