I am so excited to share this with you guys! I found this old vintage dresser just laying around collecting dust. I could see that it had really good bones so I decided to bring it home and give it a much needed makeover. This project took up the majority of my free time over the past few weeks.
- Power Sander
- Chalk Paint
- Metallic Paint
- 6 Handles
- 3 Pullees
- Power Drill
- Wood Glue
- Wood Filler
Honestly, I am so thankful for my power sander. I can’t imagine sanding this entire dresser by hand. It would take forever. My power sander ate right through that awful varnish and quickly displayed the beautiful wood finish underneath.
Sanding Time: Approximately 3 hours. Obviously I didn’t sand the entire dresser at once.
After I finished sanding, I got started on priming this beauty. Keep in mind that primer isn’t always required when using chalk paint. I just prefer to prime all of my work before painting.
Priming Time: About 30 minutes.
I let the dresser dry for a day then began painting it. I chose Rustoleum’s Serenity Blue Chalk Paint. The top of the dresser required 3 coats of paint whereas the drawers only required 2. After letting the paint dry, I painted the bottom portion of the dresser and the legs gold using Decoart Americana Decor Metallics in Gold.
Paint Time: Approximately 2-3 hours.
After letting everything dry, I began distressing the dresser. Distressing means basically taking your power sander to the edges of the dresser and drawers to display some of the wood finish underneath. I love distressing. It adds so much charm to any piece of furniture.
Distress Time: Approximately 15 minutes.
At this point, I was almost done! I used some wood glue to glue together one of the drawers that had come out of its hinges. I also used wood filler to fill in the original holes on the drawers. I then installed my handles and pullees.
Prep Time: Approximately 1 hour.
Here is the finished piece. It’s so beautiful and feminine yet rustic and holds true to its original charm at the same time. I decided to style the top of my dresser with blue and gold accents. The lamp is so gorgeous and the large picture is awesome. “Be bold, or italic, but never regular.” (The web designer in me found this too witty to pass up.)