Quick & Easy Dresser Makeover

Our dresser makeover is complete! I shared on instagram and many asked for the details on the paint I used and the process so thought I’d share them in a quick blog post.

I was thrilled to score this piece at our local consignment shop and mulled over the decision to paint it or not. It’s a nice piece (some minor knicks but overall very sturdy) and the wood is beautiful. I LOVE that it has some shallow drawers, pretty hardware details and a beautiful scallop like bottom.

When buying resale, I always try to find pieces that have details that make it one of a kind. It’s also worth putting the effort into redoing then too! We’re expecting our 4th baby (any day now) and I wanted this done beforehand, and quickly. The process was easy and quick with the paint I used! I also broke down the budget for everything in case you are considering doing a similar project 🙂

Here’s what the dresser looked like BEFORE:

And the AFTER:

The hardware details are pretty intricate (and I’m not a patient painter) so I used Rust Oleum spray paint to update the color. It only took 2 coats and was super fast to do! I rarely use spray paint because I like to control where the paint goes on pieces. It works really well for hardware though. I used the Champagne Mist color (side note: I’ve used their gold before and it turned out a little gaudy but am really happy with the look of this color).

White is a timeless color and will go with anything, no matter which room it ends up in. So white paint was an obvious choice for me. As much as I loved the wood, the finish just didn’t go very well with our current decor. The color I went with is called Picket Fence by Fusion Mineral Paint. It’s a nice crisp white. I’ve used this paint on a few projects already, including the girls bathroom cabinet. It has held up fairly well over the last couple years (some minor chips but they are pretty rough on it). Overall I am happy with the quality, especially for the cost. It did take 3 coats of white for this piece since it was so dark. Only 1 can of paint. It is very EASY to apply and you don’t even have to prime.

If it’s a piece that you think you’ll have forever, I do recommend hiring a professional to paint it. Looking back, I wish I had done hired someone for this chair makeover. Remember that post? The fabric is still holding up phenomenally even after crayon, marker, juice, wine and other spills. It currently lives in our playroom/craft room/soon to be classroom and I don’t have to worry about it getting ruined.

Right now we have ALL the drawers filled with everything for the new baby! He’ll be staying in our room for awhile and I wanted to keep most things close. I wasn’t going to even start the nursery but nesting mode hit so some things have been moved there. Here’s a sneak peek of the baby’s room!

Overall this dresser makeover cost under $100 total! Similar ones online go for much more for a comparable quality. It’s not perfect since it was a quick makeover, BUT it is perfect for us 🙂

  • Cabinet (found resale at local consignment store) $60
  • White Paint $20
  • Spray paint for the hardware: $6

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Samantha Regan

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