I have another quick furniture makeover for you all this week! I feel like it’s been a long time since I wandered around my house, paintbrush in hand, deciding on what to paint next. Something I used to do frequently at our old home. I think that’s because I actually got the right paint colors the first time around in this house. My painting clothes that used to be my daily uniform have been in hibernation lately, and it felt good to bust them back out!
While I was painting my breakfast nook table, which sidenote – thanks for all the love and support on that post! (see it here) I tend to get in my head a little bit when I share ideas and design on the internet and every one offers up their opinions and I so appreciate so many of you telling me to do what I love and not worry about everyone else – so thank you! It was a huge encouragement to me! But back to the furniture – I had the white paint out already, so I decided it was high time to finally fix this dresser.
I believe this was from my great grandmother’s house. My parents had it first and then passed it on to me when the Mr. and I got married 15 years ago. I first painted over the orange-ish wood when we put it in our guest room when my daughter was born 11 years ago. Since then it’s had quite a few more coats.
So many that I needed to give all the drawers a good sanding so they would open and close properly. This dresser had a bit of a rough go when it was in storage while we built this house and it was in bad shape. It had several large stains on it, some of the hardware screws were missing and most of the drawers were warped shut. I avoided showing this side of the room in most photos because it was in such rough shape (I piled books on to hide the worst of it), and I don’t know why it took me so long to tackle this. From far away it looked ok, but here is a before, far away, deliberately out of focus shot.
And after –
It only took me one day to clean, sand down, and apply 2 coats of satin Extra White by Sherwin Williams.
Thankfully a little paint and sandpaper fixed everything along with some fresh modern hardware. I decided to swap out the black spray painted hardware for this pretty brass hardware. They tie in well with our nightstands that also have brass hardware.
I had to fill in the old holes and drill new ones because I searched high and low and couldn’t find hardware that was the right size for this old dresser. Don’t let that intimidate you though, especially if you are painting, it’s a super easy process!
I shopped the house to style it for now while I’m on the hunt for the perfect accessories for it. I’m so happy I was able to breathe a little new life into this piece as it’s really freshened up our whole room. Bonus all the drawers actually open and close now and I found all my missing socks that have been trapped for the last two years… You can see more of our master bedroom here.
Charlie would also like you to note he was especially helpful during this project. His all day napping schedule was really thrown off with the noise of the drill, but he persevered and still approves of the final product. ;)
SOURCES: Contains affiliate links to products. I may receive a small commission for purchases made through these links at no extra cost to you. Just click on each bold word to check out the products.
Hardware – Signature Hardware
Flooring – here
Plant – Snake Plant
Planter – Hobby Lobby
Brass thingy – Hobby Lobby
Wood tray – Home Depot
Beads – Hobby Lobby
Blanket – Here