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:
Of course if I’m going to add a splash of color to a piece, it’s usually blue.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Breathing new life into a forgotten piece is my favorite. 🙂
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