In the spirit of bringing back old posts and making them better than ever, I’ve come upon one of my favorite posts to date. My dresser is the same one I’ve had since I was little, and works fine (minus a few creaks and squeaks here and there) so I have no reason to ever discard it. And since I just got a new replacement sleigh bed (RIP the first one… the flood takes all), the distressed look brings out the dark wood underneath, and will match the sleigh bed perfectly.
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The only problem I’ve encountered with my beloved dresser is it’s style – it didn’t quite fit my evolving interior design style. If you know me well, this changes frequently, but I’ve settled into a chic/simple/clean style, and I really like it so let’s see how long this one lasts.
My dresser originally was dark wood, with gold handles – looked like your typical old school dresser. It wasn’t very pretty, but it got the job done. Now that my dresser is a focal point in my bedroom, I needed it to be pretty and light, otherwise it would be more of an eyesore than anything else. That’s when I began this process!
So grab a piece of old furniture, the following painting supplies, and a creative/patient mind, and let’s get to it!
SUPPLIES FOR THE DRESSER:
- Furniture… build your own or go to a thrift store and snag something cheap
- Cleaning supplies
- Primer (2x ultra coat coverage is recommended, I used spray-on for even coverage)
- Paint – I used interior specific for wood, but chalk paint works great too
- Wood filler (yes, it’s a thing, and will be optional as you’ll read…)
- Steel wool (grit is up to you… maybe get three different kinds, depending on how hard YOU will scrub)
- Brushes of various sizes
- New knobs (doesn’t matter if they are one hole or two, that’s where the wood filler comes in)
STEPS FOR THE DRESSER:
- Take a part as much of your piece of furniture as possible – for me, that was taking out all the drawers and removing all the old knobs from it
- Clean it super well, I can’t stress this enough. Any piece of dirt or dust left behind WILL show through… trust me
- If going from two whole knobs (like I did) to one whole knobs, fill in the extra hole with the wood filler on each drawer letting extra wood filler come over the top of the hole (make sure to stay consistent or it’ll look funky – meaning, ONLY stick with the outside hole on each dresser, or inside, etc. or it won’t look symmetrical)
- Once dried (read your wood fillers instructions for times), take the steel wool and even out the face of the dresser where the wood filler has run over from the hole
- Clean again this area – it will show any imperfection, especially with white paint
- Prime your piece, I went with three coats because I went from a dark piece of furniture to white (be sure to let dry between coats or it won’t turn out like you think)
- Once the primer is finished and dried, rub the steel wool in circular motions to get rid of the grit that comes from the spray-on primer (lightly, this should not remove the prime layers)
- Paint your furniture! I used three coats of interior satin paint, but I would try chalk paint too. The texture in both is completely different, so it’s a preference call
- After it dries, take the steel wool or left over sand paper and work on the corners of the drawers and dresser, pressing both light and hard to reveal the dark wood underneath
- Put your knobs on and voila! You have a completely new looking piece of furniture for a fraction of the cost
So easy right?! I’ll probably go back and add more “wear and tear” on it later, but I wanted to get some good pictures while the sunlight was still out to share with y’all. Now let’s talk about the pretty part (well it’s all pretty), the knobs!
Agate stones are the trend, from framed wall decor to coasters to jewelry inspired pieces, I’m pretty sure you’ve seen one at one point in your life or another, and here is no exception. You might not find any with gold on the edges though, but I’ll show you exactly how to do that!
SUPPLIES FOR THE GOLD EDGED AGATE STONE KNOBS:
- Desired knobs (I got these at Hobby Lobby, be sure to go on the week that all knobs are 1/2 off for a good deal!)
- Gold gilding
- Small paint brush that you can toss after
- Spray on clear sealant (Doesn’t have to be too strong)
STEPS FOR THE GOLD EDGED AGATE STONE KNOBS:
- Holding the screw/back part of the knob, lightly take your paint brush and gilding and go around the edge of the knob; it’s okay if some gets on the front – mine did and it actually turned out really freaking cool
- Let dry for about thirty minutes, just to be safe
- Spray the clear sealant onto the knobs – it doesn’t have to be super strong, the gilding doesn’t usually come off anyway, this is just for extra caution
- Put them back on your dresser, and voila! You’ve got some super chic and super expensive looking knobs for pretty darn cheap
What do y’all think? Easy enough huh? I want to see what you all come up with and tackle in your DIY adventures. Please feel free to share with everyone below, or contact me to collaborate together.
As always, I can answer any questions you may have and would love to see what you are working with/on.
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