Hello beautiful friends!! I am so excited you’re here today because I’ve got a fantastic coastal inspired dresser makeover to share with you!
It’s Furniture Fixer Upper day also, so look for three more furniture flips from my furniture flipping besties at the bottom!
Coastal Inspired Dresser
Here is today’s project piece:
I picked this up at the thrift store recently for a steal at only $35! I’ve included a few affiliate links so yo can find the products I love.
The top wasn’t in the best condition, but my orbital sander worked its magic on it:
It also had a couple of splits on one side and another on the opposite side which I was able to fill with Dixie Mud:
I sanded it smooth with my orbital sander also once it was dry using 220 grit sandpaper.
Luckily for me, these were easy fixes!
After the sanding was done, I gave it a good cleaning with White Lightning. I you decide to clean after filling holes, avoid those areas. I forgot to clean before mudding.
This thing didn’t look too bad, but my water says otherwise!
I swapped it out for clean water and gave everything another wipe down, and I was ready for paint!
I chose a color I haven’t used before for this one: Stormy Seas.
It is a gorgeous blue gray, and I gave it two coats:
Perfect for a coastal-inspired dresser!
As you can see, I taped off the inside edges. I like nice crisp lines!
Piecing everything together and lining it all up properly is the hardest part and takes patience, but I got it done!
I used my Silhouette weeding tool to remove all the pieces, and then I was ready for paint.
Three coats gave me full coverage, and I removed the stencil right after applying the third coat.
I don’t worry too much about imperfections because once it is dry, everything gets a good sanding with 220 grit sandpaper:
This will smooth out most imperfections.
Staining the Top
For the top of the dresser, I knew I wanted a stained finish.
Before applying the stain, I gave it a once over with wood conditioner. This will yield a nice even finish.
I love the Voodoo gel stains because they are water based for easy clean up and have little to no odor. Be sure to give them a good shake before using. I applied it to my pad and then used the pad to apply it to the top of the dresser.
To seal this dresser, I went with my favorite sealer for most furniture pieces: Clear Coat in the Satin finish.
I gave it two coats all over, including the top using the blue applicator sponge. The sponge makes sealing SO much easier!
This time, I took the scissors to my sponge and cut a little off each side:
That way, I could get right up against the edges!
It worked marvelously!
And this makeover was complete!
I love how this one turned out!
This is such a great blue!
I struggled with what to do about the letters that fell in the cracks, but I just ended up joining them by hand…
How about that top? The white stain works so well with this look:
Y’all know I like to pretty up my drawers!
These ones weren’t the prettiest to start:
Then I taped them off to add stripes! They were painted with two coats of Cotton. I removed the tape immediately after the second coat:
Removing the tape is so satisfying!
See how I space out my stripes the EASY way HERE!
Y’all know I couldn’t call this a coastal makeover without stripes somewhere, right??
This is a great alternative to lining drawers with fabric! The sides of the drawers were beautiful, but the bottoms were a cheaper wood and not in the best condition, so this was a great way to fix that!
As for the knobs, I chose to use the originals and just paint them the same color as the dresser:
Drilling holes in a piece of scrap wood allowed me to paint them more easily!
And now they let the typography be the star of the show!
I hope you enjoyed this makeover as much as I enjoyed bringing it to life!
My friends have three more furniture makeovers to share with you today!
I’ll be popping in this weekend with a nighttime Halloween tour, so be on the lookout for that.
UPDATE!! See it HERE now!!
And if Halloween’s not your thing… I totally understand! Skip to my next thrifty makeover HERE…it’s a round up!
Have a safe and fun Halloween weekend!!
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