Antique Dresser Revival

Hello there! Are you in the mood to see a dirty old dresser made beautiful again? Then come on in, kick off your shoes and have a seat!

A couple of weeks ago I spied this little lady at my all-time favorite thrift store:


It was a bit more than I like to spend at $79 (I am such a cheapo), but I just couldn’t leave her behind.

I brought her home, cleaned her up and painted her in this beautiful blue:

Antique Dresser Revived with Behr's Gray Morning made into chalk paint.

Of course if I’m going to add a splash of color to a piece, it’s usually blue.

Antique Dresser Revived with Behr's Gray Morning made into chalk paint.

This is Behr’s Gray Morning made into chalk paint. (My favorite chalk paint recipe can be found here.)

I love the softness of it. A splash of color, yet subtle.

I did give it two quick coats of spray shellac before painting to prevent bleed-through like a lot of these older pieces like to do.

It also needed quite a bit of repair before getting started:


And here is what the top looked like before:


Yikes! I’m remembering why I was hesitant to pay almost $80 for it now. I decided to sand the top down and restain it. I love this method for removing stain without sanding, but the rings in this were so deep that it needed a good sanding. After sanding, I used this wood conditioner by Minwax to prep the old dry wood:


This helps the wood to take the new stain more evenly. I used Minwax Polyshades in Espressso to stain the top because I had it left over from my dining room table. It is not my preferred way to stain…I’d rather use a separate stain and poly. I think the finish just looks better.

It didn’t do too badly on the top of this pretty dresser though.

Antique Dresser Revived with Behr's Gray Morning made into chalk paint.

I lined the drawers with wall paper I found at a yard sale a couple of years ago. I just cut it to fit and used a glue stick to adhere it to the bottom of the drawer.

Leftover wall paper makes perfect drawer liner!

You can see the top a bit better in that photo also.

I kept the original hardware, just spray painted it in Rustoleum’s satin white.

Spray painting hardware is the easiest way to give it an update!

These older pulls are so much prettier than what you can find today.


I borrowed this window-turned-perfect-wreath-backdrop from my mantel. (You can see the “Clamshell Extravaganza” that it was when I found it here.) I’ll be changing that out for Fall very soon!

Antique Dresser Revived with Behr's Gray Morning made into chalk paint.


Antique Dresser Revived with Behr's Gray Morning made into chalk paint.


Antique Dresser Revived with Behr's Gray Morning made into chalk paint.


Antique Dresser Revived with Behr's Gray Morning made into chalk paint.

Breathing new life into a forgotten piece is my favorite. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed it too!





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  1. The top is gorgeous! What a difference! Great job saving an old tired piece…I think I would have passed it by because of the damage. Seeing this makes me realize I need to look beyond damage to see what it could really look like! Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Christina says:

    Christy this turned out gorgeous. You did a great piece of furniture such a favor. She’s pretty again! 🙂

  3. Sue Farmer says:

    Very nice!!! Love the color you used and the top looks beautiful.

  4. Very pretty piece – love that colour!

  5. Another beautiful piece! I really like that color blue. You do such a great job of turning ugly ducklings into beautiful swans!

  6. It’s beautiful. Did you happen to seal this piece with anything?

  7. Sheila Moore says:

    Oh my Christy, that is absolutely the most gorgeous piece of furniture. I love the blue with the stained top. Great job!

  8. What a great job! I am usually the one that say’s no to paint, but you may have converted me. I can’t believe I just said that!
    So pretty!!

  9. Nice makeover. Very pretty blue. I have never used that wood conditioner before. I may have to check it out!

  10. Absolutely beautiful. I can see why you couldn’t leave with out it. 🙂 Jo

  11. Gorgeous job my friend!

  12. Beautiful makeover Christy! I hear ya re: the price…ouch…but the makeover is stunning and should sell quickly for you, unless you’re planning on keeping this beauty.

  13. Nice transformation!!!! Yes, I do notice also, thrift shop are getting more & more pricey.
    I also notice, you never use any other colors then the blues/grey/whites any reason? They all come out great and that is reason to hate you….but I don’t 🙂

    • Thank you, Addie! I guess I stick with colors I like myself and with what sells easily in my shop. It is hard to be creative when I stick to the same old color palette sometimes though. I just want to bust a fun yellow dresser one of these days! 🙂

  14. Wonderful revamp, I’m a big fan of the blue shades as well, I’ll have to remember that conditioner for my next stain job, thanks for the tip!

  15. The change is amazing! New life given to that old lady!

  16. Another great transformation.
    You are very talented. Do you ever help readers with which color to use on their projects?

  17. Fantastic Christy, as always…. love THAT blue, the top came out brilliant and beauty¡¡
    You have to be very proud… work in what you really like and inspire many people as me…Congrats¡¡¡

  18. Hey, Christy ~ Such a beautiful end result! I love how the top came out!! I found a dresser very similar to this one in a little better shape, and I just fell in love with it! Unfortunately, it was priced at over $300, so I had to leave it behind. Boo-hoo! But now that I’ve seen your makeover, I can keep my eyes peeled for a rougher one and know just what to do with it! :0) Have a great day and thanks for sharing!

  19. Another fab transformation! thanks for the details~

  20. Girl, this is just perfect! Great job!

  21. Christy, I have an old four piece book case that could use a new look. I was thinking black because I had our China hutch and table painted black. But also wondered if a color would work. I’m on the fence and can’t seem to make a decision, guess I don’t want to make the wrong decision.

    • I can understand not wanting to make a hasty decision. Is the book case in the same space as the hutch and table? If so, I wouldn’t go with black, but if it’s in another room, it might give your décor some continuity. I’d be glad to look at photos and make suggestions. You can message me with them on my FB page if you like. 🙂

  22. So beautiful Christy! Love the blue, of course! Can never have too much blue! ? xo

  23. Love the dresser! Such a beautiful color. Could you tell me about the background “mesh” used on the wreath/frame on top of the dresser? I want to do one with chicken wire, but what you used there looks a little sturdier and pretty! This project is going in my ideas board for sure. Thanks for sharing.

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