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An Antique Dresser Makeover + ORC Week 3

This antique dresser makeover was such a beautiful transformation! Read more at aheartfilledhome.com

It is week 3 of the One Room Challenge over at Calling it Home – a 6 week design challenge that many other bloggers have taken on. If you stop by and take a look you’ll get to see so many talented participants! If you missed my first 2 weeks of the challenge you can find Week 1 here, and Week 2 here. This week I’ve been putting some finishing touches on an antique dresser makeover. This will go nicely in our daughter’s modern farmhouse room and give her some much needed storage. And the best part is – we got it for free!


This antique dresser was in pretty good shape – except for a few missing knobs/screws, chipped corners, nicks, dents, and missing drawer tracks. It it very sturdy and seems to be pretty well made. When a neighbor was giving it away for free I jumped at the chance to snatch it up! I had a feeling some paint could give it a whole new look. And keeping this project budget-friendly was a great bonus!

To add to my savings on this project I was able to score a gallon of grey paint at Lowe’s in the “as-is” paint section for only $9. It is such a beautiful grey color and I was super surprised to see it still sitting on the clearance shelf. Unfortunately it wasn’t labeled with a color name so I can’t tell you what it’s called … but I’ll definitely be trying to color match it in the future if I run out! I’ve already used it for a couple of projects and it’s definitely a winner.

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My first step to bringing this old dresser back to life was to dust it off and clean the surface with some mild soap and water. After it had dried I filled in a few dents and chips with some wood-filler and let it dry. Then I sanded those spots down smooth and painted a couple coats of primer. Because the surface of the wood was shiny I used some Zinsser oil-based primer that sticks to the surface and helps your paint adhere much better. We’ve used this on a couple other projects and it works like a charm! One tip to note about using this primer: use a cheap brush while applying this oil-based primer – it is a huge hassle to clean the primer off of a brush so I choose to just use a cheap one that I can toss afterwards.

This antique dresser makeover was such a beautiful transformation! Read more at aheartfilledhome.com




Once you are done priming and you’ve let it dry completely, you can start applying your paint color! I don’t have a paint sprayer (although it’s definitely on my wish-list), so I applied my paint using a brush. This dresser has quite a few details that I needed to use my brush for. Here is a photo of one of the primed drawers on the left, and one with a coat of paint on the right.

This antique dresser makeover was such a beautiful transformation! Read more at aheartfilledhome.com

I applied 2 coats of paint, and then followed it up with a few coats of this Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish in Satin. The protective finish really helps to protect it from getting dings and scratches.

This antique dresser makeover was such a beautiful transformation! Read more at aheartfilledhome.com

The hardware was in good shape so I decided to spray paint them. I wanted to save some money (and time) by not having to purchase new ones and then have to fill in the existing screw holes and possibly having to create new ones. I found this Rust-Oleum spray paint in glossy black that made the brassy hardware black and look good as new! I did need to purchase one new pull because the existing one was broken, so I spray painted that one along with the rest. Don’t they look so much better now?

This antique dresser makeover was such a beautiful transformation! Read more at aheartfilledhome.com

This antique dresser makeover was such a beautiful transformation! Read more at aheartfilledhome.com

This antique dresser makeover was such a beautiful transformation! Read more at aheartfilledhome.com




After re-attaching the hardware it looks beautiful. The dresser has been given a brand new life! I especially love the character of the detail on the drawers, the detailed paneling on the edges, and the contrast of the grey paint and black hardware. I haven’t done a ton of furniture makeovers, but this one has me itching for another one. This could become an addicting new hobby!

This antique dresser makeover was such a beautiful transformation! Read more at aheartfilledhome.com

And because I just love a good before-and-after transformation photo, here is the before and after!

This antique dresser makeover was such a beautiful transformation! Read more at aheartfilledhome.com

I think it will look stunning in my daughter’s modern farmhouse bedroom. It will really pop against the white and cream colors of the walls. The big reveal day is going to be so much fun!

Here is what I’ve finished so far:

  • Purchased a chair for her reading corner
  • Purchased a lamp, bedding, artwork and a side table
  • Made some DIY hand-lettered artwork
  • Fixed up her dresser

Here is what is still on my to-do list for this room makeover:

  • Change out the light fixture
  • DIY a new headboard for her new twin bed
  • Install & paint some DIY board and batten

I’m so glad that you’re joining me on this bedroom makeover challenge! It’s been an exciting journey so far and I can’t wait to show you the finished room on reveal day!

 




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20 Comments

  • Reply Susie April 20, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Beautiful job on the dresser, Leslea. Love the color with no name. LOL.. Can’t wait to see more! Susie from The Chelsea Project

    • Reply Leslea April 20, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      Thank you so much Susie! LOL! Yes I love the color with no name 🙂

  • Reply Cassie Bustamante April 20, 2017 at 5:31 am

    that is my favorite primer for tough jobs! it’s so toxic, but it is the best out there for adhesion! 🙂 and i do the same- toss the brush after!

    • Reply Leslea April 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Isn’t it Cassie? It works so well! Glad there is another brush-tosser out there 😉

  • Reply Jessica April 20, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Absolutely beautiful! I love that color of grey

    • Reply Leslea April 20, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Thank you so much Jessica! I’m a sucker for anything grey 😉

  • Reply Carol ("Mimi") April 20, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Priming makes all the difference! I love the color that you chose. The dresser is beautiful, now.

    • Reply Leslea April 20, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Thank you Carol! Yes priming is awesome! 🙂

  • Reply Emy April 21, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Such a pretty color! The dresser looks great! Thank goodness for chip brushes!

    • Reply Leslea April 25, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you Emy! Yes I definitely put that brush to good use 😉

  • Reply Stephanie April 21, 2017 at 7:15 am

    You took it from old and tired to glam and a bit Hollywood Regency- love it!

    • Reply Leslea April 25, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      Thank you so much Stephanie! 🙂

  • Reply Rachel April 23, 2017 at 5:51 am

    What a beautiful and interesting piece! The grey with the black hardware is perfect.

    • Reply Leslea April 25, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      Isn’t it interesting Rachel? I love how unique it is! 🙂

  • Reply Ruthie April 25, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    I love how this turned out!! Love the black hardware on top of the blue!! Beautiful!

    • Reply Leslea April 25, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      Thank you Ruthie! I really wanted that high contrast with those 2 colors 🙂

  • Reply Katy {ashadeofteal} April 26, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    The dresser looks great, and love the color you went with.

    • Reply Leslea April 26, 2017 at 11:18 pm

      Thank you so much Katy! 🙂

  • Reply Creatively Homespun April 28, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    woooow! It’s amazing how some color and tlc can breath new life into an old piece! I can’t wait to see how it works in the room! xo

    • Reply Leslea May 2, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      Thank you! Yes it has a whole new life 🙂

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