Shabby Little Dresser

Hello lovely Friends! I get a LOT of questions about painting furniture. I am always more than happy to answer any questions that come my way, but I thought it was time I put together one helpful post sharing the start-to-finish process of what I do when painting a piece of furniture. That way I can refer any questions to the post, and it can easily be pinned for future reference.

I had plans to share that today, but as I was editing photos (I took a ton of pics!), I realized I had way too many photos to share the process and the pretty after photos for one post. So today I am sharing the before and afters, and in my next post, I’ll share the complete step-by-step.

For my model for the big tutorial, I chose this gorgeous dresser I found at a yard sale a couple of weekends ago for get this…$40!!!

Here she is as I found her:


She had a few scratches and dings here and there and was missing a handle, but overall she was in great shape.

*Disclaimer* This post may not be appropriate for anyone opposed to painting perfectly good wood, so turn back now or look away…far far away.

Ok the rest of you…here ya go!

The perfect style dresser for a shabby little makeover!

Ain’t she perty? This style was perfect for a simple shabby chic makeover. I also kept it simple for my tutorial.

The perfect style dresser for a shabby little makeover!

Since there was a handle missing, I decided to fill in the holes at the very top and add these pretty glass knobs I found at TJ Maxx:

Pretty glas knobs are perfect for this shabby chic dresser

The rest are the pretty originals. They all got a couple of coats of Rustoleum’s heirloom white spray paint and a little sanding.

If I were as artsy as my friend Nancy at Artsy Chick’s Rule, I could have made my own replacement. (See how she worked her magic to make a matching handle from clay here.)

I love how the glass knobs add a bit of sparkle and femininity though.

Pretty glas knobs are perfect for this shabby chic dresser


The perfect style dresser for a shabby little makeover!

I love the lines on pieces like this, perfect for this style of makeover.

This also came with a mirror, but it was a huge rectangle and definitely didn’t match the pretty curves of this dresser.

The perfect style dresser for a shabby little makeover!

My favorite might be the drawers…I couldn’t find enough of any one paper at Michaels to line the drawers, so I chose three!

Line the drawers in different coordinating paper for an unexpected fun touch.

Fun. 🙂

The perfect style dresser for a shabby little makeover!

A little close up of my beloved hydrangeas…they have turned this beautiful green and blue mix…



The perfect style dresser for a shabby little makeover!


Line the drawers in different coordinating paper for an unexpected fun touch.


The perfect style dresser for a shabby little makeover!

Sometimes my favorite makeovers are the simplest ones.

I’ll be back very soon with a complete step-by-step on how I painted this lovely piece!

UPDATE: Check out how it out now:

How to Paint Furniture using Chalk Paint





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  1. ColleenB. ~ Texas says

    Beautiful make-over.
    I thought the same as you in using knobs.
    When I spotted that one handle missing; I thought, ‘why not move the top handle down and just add knobs to the top 2 drawers.'( noticed how deep the top drawers are) :} Never thought of the glass knobs tho but sure do like it.
    Like choice of the drawer liners as well.
    Great job
    Have a wonderful and enjoyable week end.

    • Thanks Colleen! Yep, replacing the handle with coordinating knobs worked great and I too love how deep that top drawer is! I hope you have a great weekend too! 🙂


  3. Lovely! White brightens up this piece and gives it what I think is a romantic look. I like the new knobs that you chose for the top two drawers. Pretty makeover!

  4. Looks amazing! Love the drawer liners too!

  5. I just love this gal’s makeover..those curves are really highlighted now! Great job Christy 🙂

  6. Christy, this bureau is gorgeous! I love the color and the new drawer pulls. Just the lovely accent of bling to bring out her personality. Thank you for the inspiration!

  7. Completely adorable! Love, love, love the drawer liners and knobs! Can’t wait to see the step by step tutorial!

  8. Sue Farmer says

    The dresser looks gorgeous!!! As does everything you do Christy. Have a great weekend XOXO

  9. So cute! I’m glad you couldn’t find all matching paper because it looks way better with different ones! As always, I’m jealous of your hydrangeas. 🙂


    • Thanks, Andi! So true…I’m so glad they didn’t have enough of what I really wanted! Am I gonna have to come up there in the Spring and plant you some dang hydrangeas?! XOXOXO

  10. Love your imagination and resolution to solve a “problem” ( I mean with the missing handle), one question, are these knobs joined to that beautiful back or do you buy it separately? …( I remember also the same filigran back in the post reclaimed wood organizer…. ) I dont find here those kind of ornamental….
    Good job as always Christy

    • Thanks, Victoria! The back piece of the knob came with the knob, but can be removed. We can also find them sold separately at Hobby Lobby here in the U.S. I found this in a set of three on clearance because one was missing. 🙂

  11. Ahhhh so beautiful love love the drawer liners Christy.. you’re right, simple and yet so elegant in all the right places! Love the tray as well. Have a great day can’t wait too see your next projects! ..Liz 😉

  12. How do you fill the holes from the old hardware?
    The dresser is gorgeous!

  13. I love the mismatching paper! Perfect! And white is always classic!! Love it. I’m in the middle of painting a perfectly good wood secretary today too!!! I may have to use that disclaimer, lol.

  14. Oh my that gorgeous painted hardware with the glass knobs and floral back plate are the pearls on the little black dress and the gorgeous black & white papers, the fancy lingerie. Very nice Christy!

  15. I love the drawer lining paper! What a great idea! Especially when the inside isn’t quite so pretty!
    Can’t wait for the demo!

  16. Beautiful work Christy!!!! Well done lady!

  17. Lovely work, as usual. I can’t wait to see the how-to! I really like what you did with the knobs – brilliant! Gorgeous hydrangeas…

  18. I love the three different drawer papers! Can’t wait to read your step-by-step.
    Thanks for all your inspiration.

  19. LOVE the dresser….good trick for when a knob is missing!!! Like it better that way!
    WOW!!!! to those hydrangeas!!! Beauties!!!! Love them in the green stage of life. I am going to sneak out from California and snip-snip some of those!!!!
    Have a good weekend!!!

    • Thanks, Addie! I think I like it better with the glass knobs added too…lucky that one handle was missing. I am hanging onto my hydrangeas as long as I can. If you were closer, I’d be glad to share! 🙂

  20. I inherited my mom and dad’s mahogany bedroom furniture, which we have been using for years. It is exactly the same style, but with a little different hardware. I have the same dresser, a highboy, and a nightstand, and have been trying to get up the guts to paint them. I’m also trying to decide whether to leave the top stained and paint the rest or paint it all. Any thoughts? Can’t wait for your how-to post!

    • You are so lucky! I’d love to have this whole set! I considered leaving the top stained for this piece, but since I was selling just the dresser, I thought someone may have a hard time matching the stain to their existing furniture. I do think it would be lovely though. I would have sanded the top and restained it in a dark walnut though. More of a brown than the burgundy tone it has. I would try just painting the body and leave the top and see how you like it. You can always paint the top later if you decide you don’t like the stain. I’m sure it will be gorgeous either way! 🙂

  21. Absolutely gorgeous piece Christy! I’m looking forward to learning all your secrets in the step by step post!!

    • Thanks, Krista! I’m not sure I’ll share anything you don’t already know lol…just wanted a post I could refer readers back to in the future. Hope the new house is coming along well! Can’t wait to see. XO

  22. Love Love Love all the special little details you put into this piece! It is so pretty! Well Done!