Hello, lovely Friends, and welcome to Themed Furniture Thursday! I do love a good furniture makeover, but adding a twist by following a theme makes it a fun challenge, and I love a challenge!
This month’s theme is “Knock Offs”, where we find a piece that inspires us to recreate the look, usually for much less.
You may remember me sharing this photo of my garage not too long ago:
(Show this to your husbands, ladies. You’re welcome.) Piled at the front there are four dressers, a china cabinet, a mirror, and a headboard that we acquired from my Hubby’s Grandmother’s estate recently, and the main reason I have been trying my hardest to avoid thrift stores and yard sales this Summer.
Today I’m sharing the makeover of this dresser:
All the rage at one time, but this one had seen better days…
Although the outside accumulated a little wear over time, the insides were immaculate, all the drawers were in perfect working order, and there was no musty smell. All things I look for in a potential makeover candidate.
I also have the taller dresser to this set as well as the headboard.
This set has a bit of a glam feel to me, so that is the direction I wanted to take it. I found this Pottery Barn Kids version and loved the simple white with the gold/brass hardware:
I decided to skip the shabby this time, and give Grandma’s piece a clean finish like the inspiration piece above:
I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I used.
I used Rustoleum Metallic Bright Gold spray paint for the handles and I love how they look!
The old handles had a ton of patina…but not exactly the good kind:
I gave them a good scrub down with an old toothbrush to remove any dust build-up and dried them thoroughly before painting. The bright gold really makes these gorgeous vintage pulls pop against the white.
Since I had planned not to shabby this one up, I decided to use Ultra Pure White latex from Behr in a Satin finish. (The one that is paint + primer in one.)
To make this durable, I sanded well first using my rotary sander and 220 grit sandpaper to give the paint something to grab onto. Then I vacuumed all surfaces with my shop vac and wiped them down with a clean soft cloth before spray priming with Rustoleum Primer in white. (Although the paint has primer in it, I think that has more to do with coverage, than adherence.)
Some spray primers will leave a rough surface. If that happens, take a piece of brown craft paper or an old paper grocery bag and use it like a sandpaper to knock down the roughness. Then clean the surface again with the shop vac, followed by a clean soft cloth.
Finally I painted with the latex using a good quality brush, keeping a wet edge as I painted. (This Purdy is my favorite.) You could also use a roller if you prefer.
In my opinion, there is no need to seal latex paint that has a satin, semi gloss, or gloss finish on a piece of furniture that will not be a high traffic piece. Bedroom furniture probably won’t get abused like a coffee table, and surely won’t have to withstand the abuse a kitchen table will get. Plus you can easily touch it up any time if needed.
I like to line the drawers with pretty paper or fabric as a pretty finishing touch. For this piece, I already had the perfect fabric. I ordered this online a couple of years ago when I was looking for fabric to cover my dining table chairs, but when it arrived, the pattern was way too large and a bit bold for my taste.
But it goes perfectly with the gold pulls, and it’s such a pretty contrast to the bright white. SO happy I was finally able to use it!
I redid the taller dresser as well that you can see the back of in that first photo of my very full garage. I’ll wait until your makeover amnesia sets in before I share that one since it looks exactly the same, well…only taller and thinner. 😀
I did the full sized headboard to match also. Such a perfect set for a sophisticated young lady, don’t you think?
This was definitely more of an “inspired by” piece than a true knock off, but those high end retailers are a great place to find inspiration!
See what my friends are knocking off today as well at the links below!
I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing how I gave these $5 yard sale bar stools a sweet update:
UPDATE: No need to wait…see the transformation HERE now! 🙂
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