Fresh look for a dresser.

We needed a new dresser, but didn’t really want to pay for one.  I went down to my local peddlers mall (any thrift store or second hand store would work) and found a dresser for $50. I was looking for something ugly, but that still had working drawers. I wasn’t so concerned with the hardware or dents but rather more with how the drawers held together, how the drawers slid and the overall stability of the dresser.

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Here’s what I found. Most of the hardware is missing or broken. It was dirty, outdated, and a bit unique with a piece of wood dividing the top 2 and bottom 2 drawers.

We got the dresser home and by the end of the night I had the dresser cleaned and coated with one coat of primer.

I used krud killer cleaner to clean the dresser but TSP or other cleaners can be used.

I used  basic Zinsser  brand primer but any primer can work.

Now it was time to paint! I happened to have a Sherwin Williams sample left over from a previous project. I used an interior/exterior latex paint in satin, color 7069 iron ore, for this project

  • Buy your sample of paint from a Sherwin Williams store. Its only $7 and you get almost 2 pints of paint. I hardly made a dent in the sample after one coat on the dresser.

Originally I intended on doing 2 coats of paint but I actually really liked the way it looked after one coat. You could see the paint strokes and the white primer in a few places. It gave it a bit of a distressed look.

So, a quick clean then one coat of leftover primer and one coat of leftover paint and we almost have a finished product!

Last thing I needed was some hardware. This actually proved to be a little harder then expected because the top drawer had different size hardware then the bottom 3 drawers, and the holes for the hardware were irregular spacing.

I couldn’t find any drawer pulls at Lowes, Home Depot, or Hobby Lobby in the right size for the drawers so I ended up ordering some on Amazon. The top drawer pulls were only 2 in wide. I got these 2 in 1 Vintage Style Round Drawer Knobs. I had to drill holes for them but they cover the old holes and work great! The rest of the drawer pulls were 2 1/2 inches. I found these drop bail dresser pulls and they go well with the other drawer pulls. It took a while to find a set that looked well together but I’m happy with the result!

 

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EASY DIY FURNITURE REPURPOSE

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Find your furniture.

Remove all hardware.

Sand it if needed and clean well (krud killer, TSP, or other grime remover)

 

 

 

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Paint furniture with one coat of a basic primer. I used Zinsser 1-2-3 primer

 

 

 

 

 

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Paint furniture with 1-3 coats of paint. This will differ depending on your paint color/ quality, and your personal coverage preferences.

Replace hardware.

 

 

 

 

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Enjoy your beautiful new piece of furniture!

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