Jack’s $30 Thrift Store Dresser Makeover

Hello sweet Friends, and welcome to Themed Furniture Thursday! Ya’ll know I love to bust out some furniture makeovers around here, but when I get to do it with a bunch of my furniture flippin friends, it’s even better! We get together monthly to share a furniture makeover, but the fun part is…there is a theme!

This month’s theme is “Words”. I originally planned to share the Vintage Coffee Table makeover I shared on Tuesday for this month’s theme, but today’s project was finished just in time and is an even better fit!

Jack, my amazing 14 year old, purchased this dresser this Summer:


I encouraged him earlier this year to make over a few pieces of his own to make a little money. He was all about it. My only request was that they had to fit with the style I already have going in my booth. If you missed  the projects I’ve already shared you can see them HERE, HERE, and HERE. Those smaller pieces he redid all sold, so he was anxious to try a larger piece.

We found this dresser at the Salvation Army for $30. It’s hard to tell the scale of this dresser in this photo, but it is quite large. The top had come unattached, and it had a terrible paint job, but the drawers worked like a dream, so I knew it could be a winner.

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I fixed the top for him, then he sanded the entire piece with the orbital sander since the top layer of paint was scratching right off, and there were drip marks down the sides:


Then he spray primed with Rustoleum Spray Primer before painting two coats of Behr’s Peaceful Blue made into DIY Chalk Paint.

After Jack had tackled all the hard work, I jumped in to help with the fun part, adding the graphics to the front.

Here is the final result:

Nautical painted dresser, perfect for a boy's room from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Isn’t that blue gorgeous??

I imagined this dresser in a boy’s room, so we set out to give it a nautical/beachy vibe. We chose this blue (Peaceful Blue by Behr) and I just love it!

The original plan was to add a crab to the front like I did for this $5 Yard Sale Dresser, since that sold quickly. The flat front is perfect for adding graphics, but I really wanted to do something different, so I created a new design we both liked. We live in Virginia Beach and I like being able to add that to some of the pieces I do.

Nautical painted dresser, perfect for a boy's room from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I used my silhouette machine to cut a stencil of the graphic I created using contact paper…the biggest silhouette project I have done by far. The cutting mat I have for my silhouette is the one that came with it at 12 X 12″ (they sell a 12 X 24′ version, but ya’ll know I’m too cheap to buy it), so I had to cut about six different pieces and connect them together:


I honestly think the old school method of transferring graphics without a machine, like I used HERE, would have probably been a bit easier but once I printed all those pieces, I was not going to be defeated. 😉

I used two coats of Ultra Pure White DIY chalk paint to fill in the “stencil”. I waited for it to dry this time before removing the contact paper since there were so many pieces and I was afraid to smudge the paint. Otherwise I would have removed it right away. (This handy tool helps remove all those stubborn center pieces.)

Nautical painted dresser, perfect for a boy's room from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

There were a few areas that needed a little touching up, then I lightly sanded with 320 grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough areas, and sealed with Annie Sloan’s clear wax.

Nautical painted dresser, perfect for a boy's room from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

We decided to reuse the original hardware which saved some $$.

Nautical painted dresser, perfect for a boy's room from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com


Nautical painted dresser, perfect for a boy's room from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I found this fun chevron fabric at JoAnns to line the drawers:

Nautical painted dresser, perfect for a boy's room from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I cut it to fit using my rotary cutter and cutting mat (perfect for cutting perfectly straight edges), and Jack attached it using Matte Mod Podge and a 3″ chip brush:

A chip brush and Mod Podge are perfect for adding fabric to drawers

Those chip brushes are often used as throw-away brushes, but I reuse this one for applying Mod Podge over and over. I just clean it well with dish liquid and really warm water.

This was such a fun piece to work on with Jack!

Nautical painted dresser, perfect for a boy's room from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Probably because he did all the not-so-fun parts ha ha. I kind of like that arrangement!

I really wanted him to be able to tackle this piece by himself, but I also wanted him to get the best return on his investment. I knew adding an original graphic to make it a one-of-a-kind piece was the best way to do that. Next time though…he’s on his own. 🙂

Thrift store dresser gets a coastal makeover by adding a fun graphic using the Silhouette Cameo. confesionsofaserialdiyer.com

I hope ya’ll enjoyed this makeover. My friends are sharing makeovers with words today too. Check them out at the links below. (If you’re viewing on mobile, you may have to scroll a bit more to see them.)


Visit all of my previous themed furniture makeovers HERE.

I’m working on a couple of smaller pieces right now. I’ll be back on Tuesday to share this one:


UPDATE: Just like magic, HERE it is now!



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    All I can say is WOW!! That turned out AMAZING!! You two are so talented!! Great job Jack, great eye spy picking out such a great piece to makeover. I hope you sell it and make lots of money on it! Love seeing your projects, keep them coming!

  2. WONDERFUL!!!! Jack, “don’t let her get off easy….make her do the hard parts and you do the fun parts.” Good team work on this one!!!! Love that color of blue you guys picked.
    Keep the good work!!!

    • Ha ha! Thanks, Addie! I really liked that arrangement except he gets all the profits lol. So worth it to me to see him being creative. 🙂

  3. Carolyn Price says

    You are amazing, Christy!! (But I have said that before..) Now I must say: You two are amazing! What a sweet dresser! You and Jack did a fabulous job. That dresser will leave your booth in no time!

  4. How nice to see your son taking an interest at his age to do this… love the outcome. Great job to you both!

  5. Wowzers Jack!!! Way to rock the makeover!! …and Mom…you did ok, too! LOL…Make sure you tag me when Jack opens his own blog, cuz you know I’ll just have to follow. In the meantime, this is a super homerun! Love that stencil to the moon and back. XOXO Susie from Chelsea Project

  6. I love this makeover! I need to get my 13 year old son out there to get to work! Love that he is joining you! 😉

    • Thanks, Lindsay! Yeah, girl…my son does it for the dollars, but I like that he gets to feel the pride that comes with flipping a tired piece. I’m also hoping he’s also learning skills for when he has a place of his own to furnish some day! 🙂

  7. I love this! I have an old pine nightstand that we now use for a table in the basement. This would be a great idea for a change up on that especially since the theme is beachy down there. Thanks so much for sharing – beautiful job!

  8. Fantastic job Jack!

  9. Great job Jack! I love it! This will be a quick sell I’m sure!!

    • Thanks, Lisa! He really enjoys reading the sweet comment and encouraging comments! We are hoping for a quick sale too! 🙂

  10. This is too cute! Such a special project too to be able to do the makeover with your son. Loving your graphics! I haven’t tried something so large on my Silhouette, but you are giving me inspiration to try! Pinned!

    • Thanks, Wendi! I am so glad he has taken an interest…anything to get him away from all his devices for a few hours! This is definitely the biggest silhouette project I’ve done, and it requires patience for sure, but SO much better than hand-painting that whole graphic! XOXO

  11. Marcie Lovett says

    Wowee wow! The two of you did a great job on that piece. I see it in the entryway of a house or in a dining room, for linens and serving pieces. Of course, it would be perfect in a poolhouse or mudroom. So many great uses, Jack should see a quick return on his investment!

    • Thanks so much, Marcie! This would be fantastic in an entry, wish I had the space for it…holding gloves, hats, etc! Hoping for a quick sale too! 🙂

  12. Incredible transformation, I love this piece! Where is your booth and how much is this dresser?

    • Thank you, Ebony! My booth is in the Virginia Beach Antique Mall here in VA Beach, and this dresser is priced at $329. 🙂

  13. Debbie in TX says

    Very impressed that you are teaching your son some very valuable skills that will benefit him the rest of his life (and that he is willing to get in there and do the work)! Such a beautiful transformation on this piece. Really love the color. Good luck on the sale.

    • Thank you, Debbie! I am thrilled that he has taken an interest, and you are right…he will be able to use these skills for years to come! 🙂

  14. Wow, Jack and Mom did good! What a difference between the before and after. I suspect Jack will earn himself some Christmas money because this is sure to sell long before the big day.

    • Thanks, Girl! This was such a sad, boring piece with a terrible paint job, but we loved the flat front…perfect for adding something special. Hoping he has a quick sale too! XOXO

  15. absolutely gorgeous! I love the transformation!

  16. Annie (Canada) says

    Another beautiful job done by Jack! He’s getting really good at this 🙂 I see a partner in your future Christy.

  17. Love the graphic that you and Jack created for this makeover. The dresser looks great and I hope that Jack soon has some extra change in his pocket from selling it to spend.

  18. Christy you must be so proud of Jack he did such a great job. I hope he does many more projects its a nice part time job for him.

  19. That is awesome – really love it!

  20. Very nice, Jack! Perfect for a beachy/nautical theme room! Even would work great as a sideboard in a nautical kitchen/dining room! 😉

    • Thanks, Julie! Jack is so encouraged by all the sweet comments! You’re right…this could really work well as a sideboard!

  21. Christy, magnificent job by two very talented people. I am always amazed how hard you work.

  22. Is Jack available for hire? This dresser makeover is absolutely a knock-our. If I lived close, I’d come buy it.

  23. Mom and son, awesome. Jack is learning from the best. Love the color and the graphics Christy.

  24. OH WOW!!! This is up there as one of my favorite pieces you’ve done. Some special girl will appreciate all the skills Jack is acquiring when he’s ready to set up house.( In like 20 years!!) I love it. And learning to EARN money is another valuable skill. Great job to you both.

    • Thank you, Gina!! These are definitely skills he will be able to use down the road…his girl will be happy about that for sure. 🙂

  25. Yeah Jack. Gorgeous, wonderful job, just not enough adjectives to describe what a great job you did.

  26. Christy Jack did an awesome job!! And that pieced together stencil is really great. It must be such a pleasure for you to be able to share your love of furniture makeovers with your boy.

    • Thank you, Mary! I do treasure these moments as I know he will be out of the nest before I know it! Happy weekend! XO

  27. Wow, this turned out really great! I like the flat front and how it works with the graphics. Great color too. I think its cool that you can personalize.. or “locationalize?” -is that a word?, haha – an item like this. Serious added value, in my opinion! Great work, Jack!!!

  28. Such a cute dresser!! I hope Jack makes lots of money! I’ve never felt the desire for a silhouette machine, but now I’m seriously thinking of putting one on my Christmas list! Thanks for sharing, Cynthia

    • Thanks, Cynthia! I hope it sells quickly for him! I’ll admit I wasn’t a huge silhouette fan in the beginning and there is a bit of a learning curve, but once I figured out how to get it to cut out my own designs…I was hooked! XO

  29. What an awesome makeover!

  30. Beautiful piece, bravo!!