Dresser Do-Over

I bought this dresser for $15 on Craigslist a couple of months ago.  I bought it to use in our entry way, since I decided to use our entry table in our master bedroom. 



I forgot to take a true "before" picture.  This one is after sanding down the glossy black spray paint.  The dresser is made from real wood, & I'm pretty sure it's an antique.

There was nothing wrong with the dresser, but I didn't really care for the glossy finish or the big knobs.  I decided I would brighten it with paint & give it some extra bling.

{The Plan}

Here's how I transformed this Plain Jane dresser.  First, I primed the dresser & painted two coats of Olympic Misty Surf in a satin finish (from Lowes).  Next, I rubbed Minwax Early American stain all over it & then wiped it off, which toned down the paint color & gave it an antiqued look.  Then, I primed & painted the "wood ornaments" purchased at Home Depot.  I painted them Wal-Mart's Color Place Country White & again antiqued them with the stain.  Finally, I added new glass knobs from Hobby Lobby & had my husband add the ornaments to the drawers.  Here's the finished product:



{After...I really think this mirror either needs to be longer or lowered.  I plan on fixing that soon!}

Here's a side by side comparison:

Before                                                  After

I am so pleased with how it turned out!  I just can't wait to get the rest of the entry way painted & accessorized.  That's what I'm asking for for my birthday on Saturday!

Next week, I plan on finishing the morning room & the kids' outdoor play area.  I guess that means I'll be busy this weekend! 

Have a great weekend!


I'll be joining these partieies:                            

          Furniture Feature Fridays    


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  1. Hopping over from Simply Creations... I love how this turned out! I really like the added touch of the wood ornaments! Thank you for sharing!

    Kelly@The East Barn

  2. So cute! I love those wooden appliques, I've used them before. I have done several dressers similar to this in the past and they are always my favorite projects =) Please stop by and share this at my VIP party today... http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/08/vip-party-24.html

  3. Gorgeous! I love the color and the wood ornaments!

  4. WOW! What a transformation. Oh you give me hope that I can do this myself one day!!!! Really, WOW. I'm bookmarking so I can remember this!!

    I love transformations! I just turned my secretary into a bar area in my dining room. I really hope you'll stop by and check it out: http://niagaranovice.blogspot.com/2011/08/picture-is-worth.html

    See you soon, I hope!

  5. This dresser is such a pretty blue, and those appliques look great!

  6. Wendy - so gorgeous! You are my inspiration for a dresser makeover I am currently doing for our living room area. I would love to feature your dresser as my inspiration once I am finished and blog about the makeover! Let me know if this would be okay with you! You can check out my lil blog at www.livelovediy.com Again, wonderful work!! ~ Virginia



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