Amazing friends, I am so excited ya’ll stopped by today! My Furniture Fixer Upper Friends and I all have brand new furniture makeovers to share with you! Be sure to keep an eye out for links to their makeovers at the bottom!
My furniture piece was in desperate need of some TLC!
I scored this dresser at the thrift store for $75:
This is how I found it at the thrift store, so I didn’t get a chance to try out the drawers and see what I was getting myself into. I was so excited to find a half-way decent piece of furniture that I grabbed the tag and headed right for the check out.
What I didn’t realize is that behind it was the mirror that came with it:
It wasn’t until they were loading it into my car that I saw it. That made it more worth the $75 I paid for it.
Except…it seemed really top-heavy once I stacked the mirror on top of the dresser:
So, I decided to redo just the dresser, and ya’ll know I’ll find another use for the mirror! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Before I could even get started cleaning, like I mentioned already, this dresser needed some major TLC.
It was literally falling apart:
I repaired the sides using wood glue and clamps.
The top was not completely attached either. I removed the nails that hadn’t been doing their job, and replaced them with wood screws. To do that, I first drilled a shallow hole just larger than the screw head, so it would sit below the surface.
Then I was able to cover right over the holes with Dixie Mud in brown:
I allowed it to sit overnight to dry completely before sanding smooth with 220 grit sandpaper.
This dresser also had damage to two drawer corners, a splitting drawer front, and water damage on the legs:
Instead of attempting to make repairs, I decided a transfer and a darker color would do wonders to camouflage these imperfections!
I found this gorgeous transfer from Prima in my stash:
This one is still available for sale. If you search Blue Wave Transfer on Etsy.com, you’ll see several vendors that have it.
After deciding on a plan, I sanded the entire piece lightly with 220 grit sandpaper as the Silk line requires a light scuff sanding first.
I vacuumed up all the dust with my shop vac and gave everything a good cleaning with with White Lightning, followed by a second wipe down with clean water. I didn’t get a photo as it was getting dark, but my water was so gross!
I looked through my Silk fan deck and found three colors that would work beautifully with this transfer:
The coverage was fantastic with one coat, but I allowed it to dry for two hours and then added a second coat. Ya’ll know I never paint inside the house, but it was so incredibly humid in the garage and needed my paint to dry!
Read more about Dixie Belle’s new Silk Mineral Paint and the how it differs from chalk paint HERE.
Endless Shore was a great choice since it would be seen both above and below the transfer:
After letting the paint dry for another couple of hours, I applied the transfer:
Transfers are such an easy way to add a big wow to a piece of furniture! You simply peel off the backing, line up the transfer, and burnish it to your surface using the included tool. Then you just peel off the top plastic layer.
And here is the final result of this makeover:
What a fun dresser this is now, right?
I did have to trim some of the transfer off on either side, but it fit really well on the front of this piece!
And what about the third color I chose from my paint deck?
That is the gorgeous color, Harbor, and it matched the colors in the wave so beautifully that I decided to use it on the drawers:
I painted all the drawers the same:
And the insides got painted as well:
The drawers were not pretty inside and needed to be painted for sure!
Luckily, there was absolutely no musty smell!
The Silk has an eggshell sheen so not shiny, but not completely flat:
Although it has the equivalent of a coat of Clear Coat in it already, you can always change the sheen or add more protection with a coat of Clear Coat in Satin or Gloss or for a piece that needs the toughest protection, Gator Hide.
Although I chose not to use the mirror that came with it, I hope ya’ll still enjoyed seeing what this dresser could become.
It was a fun one to bring to life!
My friends have three more furniture flips for ya’ll today!
And that is another week coming to a close and one more project crossed off the list!
See what I’ve transformed so far at at the links below!
I’ve got a bunch of smalls in this haul, so I’ll be back on Tuesday with a round of smalls! They are always fun!
Update: See how these smalls look now HERE!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend!
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