March 14, 2010

Crappy to Awesome Dresser Redo

This is another one of my laundry room projects, a dresser that’s been kicking around my house for awhile. I thought with a colorful redo it would look and function great in my laundry room.

Tools and Supplies:
Paint: Valspar Seafarer
Stain: Old Dad's Dark Walnut
Spray Paint: Rust Oleum Hammered Copper
scrap board
4" roller paint brush
and 1 helpful Dad

Remove the top drawer and replace it with a ¼ “scrap board, cut it to fit, and nail or screw it in place. Find two baskets that will fit perfect in this spot.

The hardest part is deciding what color to choose, I went with turquoise. Paint the basecoat and let it dry for several hours or overnight. 

Use coarse sand paper to rough up the corners, along all edges, and anywhere else you want it to look scratched. Next you will need to use either an antiquing glaze or a dark furniture stain. I originally bought a $9 bottle of antiquing glaze from Lowes; however it did not produce the look I wanted and was too thick and dark for my project. Eventually I decided on using some dark furniture stain that my Dad had around his garage, unfortunately this was after I had already wasted my money. 
Doing one area at a time, rub a generous amount of stain onto the surface using a rag and make sure to wear gloves it will be very messy. I used two rags, one for wiping the stain on and one for wiping it off. I at first was timid and thought it wasn’t going to turn out….it will, just have patience and be brave! After all areas are done and are dark enough for your taste, let it dry.

I didn’t like the look of the original knobs. I felt they were too shiny for this vintage redo, so I painted them using Rust-Oleum Hammered copper spray paint. The easiest way to paint them is to screw them through a piece of cardboard and go to down.


Put it all together and you get…….

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  1. I love it, and i love the color! I have actually done a couple of similar projects - come over and check them out :)

    Sausha @ {show & tell}

  2. Great job. Love the baskets. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

  3. I love the helpful Dad!

  4. Lovely makeover. Love the turquoise you choose. That is such a great color, especially for a laundry room.

  5. I love the color you chose. So bright and cheerful. Perfect for Spring. I found you from Skip to my Lou

  6. That does look great! The colors are awesome. And I love the distressed look!

  7. Wow,, love what you did with the dresser..

  8. I love that you took the top drawer out to make it a shelf! Great color too! :)

  9. Turned out great - love the color! Your post title cracked me up.

  10. This just turned out absolutely amazing--such a great color! Thanks for linking up!

  11. That blue rocks! I'm going to redo a dresser this summer and I've seen a lot of the "take out one drawer and put in baskets" idea. I might have to do that!

  12. Now THAT looks like two completely different pieces of furniture! You could go into business doing pieces like that. Great job!

  13. I love the dresser. The color is beautiful!!

  14. What a great transformation. The color and finish are beautiful. I am going to include a link to this project in my Inspire My Saturday post tomorrow.

  15. Great job! I love the color!!!

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft On Thursday at Life As Lori... Please join me next week for another great party!

  16. What a great makeover. I've never thought of pulling out the drawer to make room for a basket shelf. What a great idea you've given me for my own upcoming dresser redo. Thanks.

    Sara @ The Handy Hausfrau

  17. Thanks for all the great comments, and to those of you who host link parties, thanks for all the support!

  18. I just wanted to let you know that I am featureing you today at:

  19. Very Very nice. I like your choice of colors.

  20. I love the color and the copper knobs. The baskets on top made it perfect. So cute!
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  21. That turned out great! I love how you removed a drawer and replaced it with baskets. Pretty color too!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day at My Backyard Eden!

  22. wow! your chest of drawers looks great! I love the color.

  23. That looks great! Good idea if you see a dresser for sale but is missing a drawer too!

    I just posted a turquoise dresser on my blog this weekend! Stop by my painting blog and say hey sometime!

    Great job! jennifer

  24. Such a fantastic idea! Thanks for linking up this week!

  25. Heart strings tugged. I'll be featuring this tomorrow on Creative Cats!


  26. I am going to feature you as part of the Spring has Sprung Party. This is awesome!! I love it! Come by and snag a featured button!!

  27. Beautiful! I love the colors you used and the baskets. It is so pretty!

    Thanks so much for sharing it with us!


  28. Super color choice. I'm thinking of using turquoise for my bedroom. I'd love to feature you on Let's do a swap sometime.
    Loves to you.

  29. Just found your blog thru a link party.

    I have a similar dresser that I would love to do this to. My problem is that the drawers don't hardly open...any ideas?

  30. Love the color, just love old dresser. I have them everywhere.

  31. Love it. Perfect color. Would love to redo my dresser JUST LIKE THIS!


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