Thrifty dresser transformation

I hope you are having a great weekend so far. It was a beautiful day here today, with the sun shining and a nice warm breeze. We have been very lucky so far this winter. For the most part, it has been one of the warmest winters that we have experienced in many years. Over the past month it has been feeling like spring is on its way, even though we technically still have another two months before its spring here in western Canada.

All of this warm weather has had me itching to get into my garage to work on some of my painting projects. Over the winter, I have been using my basement laundry room as a make-shift painting area. I am definitely missing working outside, but the current set-up will have to do for now.

Last summer, I came across this solid oak dresser on Kijiji. It was only $25 and it looked to be in good condition, so I quickly messaged the lady that was selling the dresser that I was interested, and two hours later it was mine.

Here is the before picture of the dresser from the ad on Kijiji. It is not a great picture, but it should give you an idea what I was working with. I had a plan to paint the body of the dresser a creamy-grey colour with a dark stained top.




And now I give you the after…

What a difference adding paint and stain can make! This dresser was first painted in two coats of dark grey primer. Then I made a white-wash mixture with cream paint and a little bit of water and painted the base of the dresser, rubbing off the paint in spots as it dried with a downward sweeping motion. This aging technique covered up the majority of the oak wood grain with some of the gray primer and just a hint of texture showing through.



I stained the top of the dresser with a dark walnut gel stain. I really love the way it turned out!



Finally, the dresser was then given a distressed finish, allowing the dark gray primer to show through and many layers of clear coat were applied for protection.




The original hardware on the dresser was a little chunky for the look I was going for. I wanted something a little more feminine and with a bit of a design. I purchased new knobs and ring pulls from Lee Valley. They only came in a aged brass finish so I set out to paint them so they would contrast nicely with the dresser finish.


After priming the hardware with black metal primer, I painted them with a couple of thin coats of Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. Then to give them a bit more definition, I lightly applied AMACO Rub ‘n Buff Wax Metallic Finish, Spanish Copper, 0.05-Fluid Ounce to the raised areas. When the hardware was good and dry, I then sprayed two coats of clear coat over top of the hardware for durability.


 They have so much richness now with a touch of glitz.


I am really happy the way that this little dresser turned out. It provides a lot of storage space and I love that it is a versatile piece of furniture that I could see myself using almost anywhere in my house.



The antique chair to the right of the dresser is also one of my thrifty finds. I haven’t decided yet if I will be reupholstering or slip covering it to have it tie in more with my decor.

The accessories on top of the dresser are a sneak peak for my next post. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and long weekend if you are from Canada.





Parties I’ve Linked Up To:

Mom 4 Real – 4 Real Friday Link Party ~ Remodelaholic – Remodelaholic’s Anonymous ~ Be Different Act Normal – Show and Tell Saturdays ~ Mum of All Trades – Weekend Wonders Blog Link Party ~ My Romantic Home – Show and Tell Friday ~ Fingerprints on the Fridge – Feature Yourself Friday ~ French Country Cottage – Feathered Nest Friday ~ Somewhat Simple – Strut Your Stuff Link Party ~ Delightful Order – Delightfully Inspiring Thursday ~ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating – Flaunt it Friday ~ Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesdays ~ Beyond the Picket Fence – Under $100 Link Party ~ Faded Charm – White Wednesday ~~ Fingerprints on the Fridge – Feature Yourself Friday~ Restore Interiors – Restored It Wednesday ~Thrifty Decor Chick – March Before and After Party ~ 



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  1. jennifer

    The dresser turned out beautiful! I love pieces that can work anywhere in the house.

  2. nancy pfeifer

    WOW!!! This is amazing!! I love it! I will be working on an old dresser I bought at a garage sale! I can’t wait to see what it will look like :) first time visiting your blog. I have a linky on Tuesdays, if you’d like to stop by :)

  3. Sarah

    What a difference!!! I love it!

  4. Carrie

    Thanks Jennifer, Nancy and Sarah for your nice comments. Thanks for stopping by! :)

    Nancy, I will have to check out your linky party.

  5. Rachel

    Love it, I joined your blog, I am number 6.

  6. robin

    It’s GORGEOUS!!!! I absolutely love how this dresser turned out! I hope to copy it whenever I can find a cute little dresser to redo! :0)

  7. Titia

    Love it…and like others have said. perfect for any room in your house. Good job :)

  8. Lisa

    It looks so good!

  9. colleen

    WHAT a transformation…amazing job…really brings that piece to life!…WOW!

  10. Cathy

    WOW!!! that is beautiful! well done.

  11. Heather @ The Junktion

    Just saying HI to you and my dressers’ twin! :) I’m your newest follower!

    1. Carrie

      Haha! Thanks for following Heather. I couldn’t find your subscribe button on your website so I could also follow you. Maybe I need to get my eyes checked. Can you point me in the right direction?

  12. Carrie

    Thanks everyone for taking the time to comment! Carrie :)

  13. claire

    This is a real beauty-the hardware looks great too! Following you from TDC-stop by for a visit!

  14. Monica Livas

    Amazin Job!

    1. Carrie

      You are so sweet Monica! Thanks for your kind comments.

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