$25 Antique Dresser Makeover

Hey there amazing Friends, and welcome to Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday!!

Ya’ll know I love this day…not only am I sharing a much-needed makeover, but I get to do it with five of my favorite treasure-maker friends! I can’t wait to see what they transformed. Be sure to look for links to their projects at the bottom of this post!

Today’s project was in desperate need of some TLC:

I picked this up at the thrift store for $25, hoping I could love it back to life.

And that is just what I did, with paint of course:

Funny story…I decided to go to Hobby Lobby and pick out new pulls in hopes of inspiring an idea for this makeover. I always look at these beauties every time I stop in, wishing I had a project to use them on, so I decided this was the one.

Antique Dresser painted in Behr's Wind Speed from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Aren’t they perty?

Well when I got home and pulled out my paint deck to find a paint to match, I found the perfect color to go with them:

Behr Wind Speed

Wind Speed by Behr. What are the chances that I would just happen to have a half gallon of this beautiful soft blue in my garage?

This is the color I used in the boys’ bathroom!

Nautical-inspired boy's bathroom from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

See that makeover HERE if you missed it.

How cool is that??

It was perfect!

Antique Dresser painted in Behr's Wind Speed from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

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One minor detail though…the paint I purchased for the boys’ bathroom was in a satin finish, and to make DIY chalk paint (recipe with video HERE), I usually use flat paint. I have had several inquiries as to whether you can use another finish other than flat to mix DIY chalk paint. This was the perfect chance to give it a try…

I am happy to report that it worked just fine!

Antique Dresser painted in Behr's Wind Speed from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I actually started this makeover by sanding the top. Here is what it looked like before:

My rotary sander and about six minutes later, it looked better already:

I started with 100 grit, then 220 grit.

Next I sealed the rest of the dresser with shellac (applied with a foam brush), knowing it would likely be a bleeder. Then I painted like normal. It took just two coats for solid coverage.

Visit my complete tutorial for chalk painting furniture HERE.

Then I sanded lightly here and there with 220 grit sandpaper, and sealed with Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Wax.

I stained the top with Minwax Dark Walnut and sealed with Wipe-On Poly.

Antique Dresser painted in Behr's Wind Speed from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

The top came out really nicely.

Antique Dresser painted in Behr's Wind Speed from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

The drawers weren’t in the best shape either. The layers of wood that made up the sides and back were separated in several places. Wood glue and some clamp action fixed them right up:

There’s a good reason that clamps made it into my Top 10 Essential Tools for the Workshop list!

The inside of top drawer was the worst:

This was AFTER a good wipe down. That red spot is where a warhead candy had melted. I decided to stain the sides of the drawers as well to make them look better. I used my Minwax staining cloths in Walnut. They sometimes go on kind of opaque, so I used a rag to wipe off the excess.

I didn’t get a before of the sides, but trust me…they look much better now!

Antique Dresser painted in Behr's Wind Speed from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I considered painting the sides, but with this dresser having so many issues to begin with, I didn’t want sticking drawers to be another!

I primed the bottoms of the drawers with leftover primer from my bathroom cabinets:

I have had stain and whatever else bleed through my fabric before, plus I wanted a nice white backdrop for my fabric…

Antique Dresser painted in Behr's Wind Speed from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

How pretty is that? I found this at JoAnn Fabrics. I love this pop of fun color when you open the drawers!

I used my rotary cutter and cutting mat to cut the fabric, then adhered it to the bottom of the drawer with matte Mod Podge.

You can see exactly how I line my drawers with fabric in the video below:



Antique Dresser painted in Behr's Wind Speed from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com


Antique Dresser painted in Behr's Wind Speed from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Don’t forget to visit my friends’ makeovers too!

1.  Artsy Chicks Rule

2.  Prodigal Pieces

3.  Bless’er House

4.  Girl in the Garage

Looking for even more makeover inspiration? Visit all my Trash-to-Treasure makeovers in one place HERE!

I hope to see some of you this afternoon…if not have a happy Valentine’s Day and I’ll meet you back here on Thursday! I’ll be sharing what I did with this little lamp:

UPDATE: Check out how this lamp got a coastal-inspired update HERE now!

Have a great day! 🙂




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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    I Love it. That turned out so beautiful. I think you are amazing! Thanks for testing the satin finish into chalk paint, I always buy satin finish, now I know it will work for chalk paint. That piece is adorable. I do not have a face book account, can you join without one?

    • If I could hug you, I would…thank you, Mary! (Virtual hug ha ha!) Yes I too am glad to know that the satin paint worked just fine. 🙂 Unfortunately the video can only be seen via Facebook. I did try to link it here, but it would not let me. So sorry about that! XOXO

  2. Gorgeous makeover! Love the color, and that you stained the top. The pretty little pull knobs are the perfect addition in finishing it off.

  3. I just knew it was going to be great when I clicked on it Christy! It is beautiful!!! The color is perfect and so is the knobs. I’d love something like that in my home 🙂 Nice job girl!

    • Aww thank you, my friend!! I love that I was able to finally use those pretty knobs on something! XOXO

  4. Christina in SW FL says

    Oh Christy, she is beautiful! Look at those “stud earrings” on the drawers! Perfect! She is a beauty. I adore the drawer details with the stain, painting and fabric. Beautiful.
    Sorry I’ll miss you live today (due to my job) but, hopefully, it is up as a video and I can watch it later.
    Have a super rest of your week and weekend.

    • Thank you, Christina! So glad you like it, and yep… the video replay is up on both the Make it New FB page and my own FB page! 🙂

  5. What a beauty of a find and your recreation of it is spot on. Well done, Christy!

  6. Love it….great color and I like that you left the top in the natural wood. So pretty!!

  7. Beautiful job Christy!!

  8. Marcie Lovett says

    Just lovely, Christy! The dark top looks beautiful against that blue.

  9. I can’t join the live demo of how to line the drawers with fabric; will you be saving the video so we can watch it later? I would love to see how it’s done.

    • Hi Cindy! The video replay is available on the Make it New FB page and on my own FB page as well! 🙂

  10. Norma Rolader says

    Beautifully done

  11. Christy-
    Great job on this project! I hope you and your hubby have a great Valentine’s Day!

  12. Cricket Lawler says

    Oh my…you did a fabulous job of bringing this sweet dresser to life again. Thank you for sharing because it inspires me to pick up a few tools and go to work on the antique dresser that I’ve had for 30 years (in the same sad shape as when I purchased it). lol Also have a VERY old china cabinet that I just might paint as well. 🙂
    Blessings on your day~

    • Thank you so much, Cricket! Yes…go dust that baby off and get paintin! Glad to give you that push lol! 🙂 XOXO

  13. Looks SO much better than when I saw it the other day!! 😉 And that fabric is gorgeous!! xoxo

  14. I have so much to say about this post it might be a long one! First, love your boys’ bathroom! Next, great tips on fixing things that are damaged. And, lastly, thanks for the links to other posts you have done.
    I was at one of our local Goodwill stores this morning and I picked up a suitcase. Thinking of doing something like you did in one of your posts. I spied a cute little pedestal table but while I was thinking, could I ship it if I sold it in my Etsy shop, someone else snapped it up! We’ll you what they say, you snooze, you loose!
    Anyway, love the way the dresser came out and nice to know you don’t have to use flat paint to make chalk paint.

    • Thanks, MaryJean! I love finding old suitcases…they are fun to redo. Too bad about the table! I tend to shove things in my cart while I think about them so no one else takes them while I decide ha ha. And yep, I too am happy to discover I could use satin paint! XOXO

  15. Gorgeous job! The repairs you made were much needed and made it much improved. 😉 That fabric is perfect with the color and knobs!

  16. Linda Petersen says

    It’s beautiful! One would never guess how sad it was before you worked your magic. The pulls & paint color are pure serendipity????. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge with us. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day❤!! XOXO, Linda

    • Thank you, Linda! I just love being able to turn something old and tired into something pretty and functional again, and I am SO happy I was able to use those gorgeous pulls on something! Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well! <3 <3

  17. Terri Hughes says

    Very pretty….I love it!

  18. Christy, you did a fabulous job with that dresser! I love the new color, stain, pulls, fabric inside – well, everything! xo

    • Thanks, Jen! I seriously have nothing but a chair in my furniture stash now, besides a couple of pieces of my own that I didn’t find a place for in the new house. I need to get shopping so I can find something for FFU next week!! 😀 XOXO

  19. It turned out beautiful. Love the fabric you used inside.

  20. Perfect, Christy! So crazy that the hardware and paint matched! Yay! Really enjoyed the FB Live, though I had to watch it later. I should be getting me rotary kit today! 😉

    • Thank you! I know… I can’t believe the paint I already has was a perfect match! What luck! It is totally fine if you only caught the replay of my FB Live…I appreciate it just the same! You will love your rotary cutting kit!! XOXO

  21. So pretty! Simple and beautiful! The drawer liner is gorgeous! Some new owner is going to get lucky… : )

  22. Hi Christy,

    I just had to tell you, the dresser turned out beautiful. I loved the stain top and the knobs. To me the knobs really made it pop. When you paint a large piece like this, do you hand sand or with sander lightly? When you finished with the stain on top, do you put a sealer on top? Thank you very much for sharing.


  23. I’m curious how you address the excess screw sticking into thedrawersfrom the new knobs. I’ve passed on this type because I fear clothing getting damaged or someone reaching into adrawer and getting cut. Do you hacksaw off the extra? That would still leave a sharp edge.

    • Hi Susan! I trimmed off the excess using my dremel tool. I have used a small hacksaw in the past as well. The edges are a bit sharp, but I cut them pretty close so it shouldn’t be an issue. ????

  24. Hi Christy… I’ve visited your blog many times & find your work awesome!! So, I finally signed up for emails today 🙂 I have one question about this piece: did I understand correctly that you used shellac on the dresser BEFORE you used the chalk paint? Thanks for the great tutorials!

    • Yay! I’m so happy to hear you have decided to officially follow along with me! I did use shellac before to seal the wood so none of the tannins would bleed through. That often happens with older cherry and mahogany pieces. 🙂


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