Hello beautiful friends! Are y’all ready for a furniture makeover today? How about six? It’s Furniture Fixer Upper day so that means that not only am I sharing a furniture makeover, five of my friends are too! Be sure to look for links to their makeovers at the bottom!
I am sharing this pretty serpentine dresser today:
This belonged to my old neighbor (from our old house, not that she’s old). She put her house on the market a few months after we did, and was selling many of the furniture pieces she had in her home, including this dresser. I love this style of dresser and had to bring it home with me. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
When I was deciding how I wanted to redo this piece, I knew keeping that beautiful wood grain would be fantastic, however this piece was not without its issues. It looked as though it may have been stored in a storage unit or somewhere that was not temperature controlled because several areas across the top had split:
The one towards the bottom of the photo ran the whole length of the top just about. I wasn’t sure that sanding would be enough to fix those areas because the split areas were pretty deep.
I started by filling the split areas in with wood filler, but then this happened:
At this point I already knew this dresser would be painted and the more I looked, the more areas that needed to be leveled before painting could begin. So I filled in as many areas as I could with the wood filler. Again, I don’t think sanding would have remedied the deep split areas, so I gave this a go.
This was the perfect candidate for a simple shabby look, and you know that makes my heart happy.
After a good sanding, and two coats of my DIY chalk paint (recipe HERE) in Behr’s Bit of Sugar, you can hardly notice there was ever an issue with the top:
You can see it isn’t perfectly smooth, but much better than it would have been!
The drawers also had several areas where the veneer had started to split, but those imperfections are what helped to add character to this lovely piece now:
I absolutely love how paint can highlight these beautiful carved details on the mirror support in a way that plain wood just cannot…
I removed the mirror to paint the frame and then sealed all three pieces with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.
I switched out the original pulls on the top two drawers for these pretty glass ones:
I spray painted the original pulls on the bottom drawer…
This would be so pretty in a little girl’s bedroom or perfect for a welcoming guest bedroom…
Here is a peek at what the insides of the drawers looked like before:
They got this pretty fabric I picked up for cheap when the JoAnns by me was getting ready to move locations:
To make lining these curvy drawers easier, I made a pattern with brown kraft paper first. I added the fabric using Matte Mod Podge.
I love how this pretty dresser turned out.
And of course, my sidekick was hanging around again…
He insisted I take his picture while he was on his “cell phone”.
And guess what else?? Would you believe I sold the little whale table and chair set I just redid?
(See more of it HERE.) After sitting in my shop for well over a year in all its pink glory, it only lasted four days with its new look! Probably helped that the chair isn’t broken anymore either!
Since I have some space to fill now, I enjoyed working on a larger piece again!
This will be heading over soon!
Don’t forget to visit my friends below to see how they transformed their pieces as well!
Visit all of my Furniture Fixer Upper makeovers in one place HERE.
If you enjoyed this makeover, you’ll like this one too:
See how this was transformed HERE!
I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see y’all Tuesday with this $4 thrift store lamp:
UPDATE: See how I tamed this lamp HERE now!
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