$17 Dresser Makeover

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Today I will share our lovely dresser redo.  While out at garage sales, we came across this little gem for $10.  The dresser is a Century Furniture Company piece.  The drawers are all dove tailed, real wood, and we all know if you’re not building it yourself, an antique is the only way you will find real wood today!

We got to work and gave this great piece a face lift for the upcoming move to Crysta’s new apartment.

1. We painted the dresser black and white (we used these colors because we already had them on hand in the garage and it matched our graphic color).  We used Home Depot’s Behr Premium Plus Ultra Paint & Primer in a satin black for the body and back of the dresser, who doesn’t like a little black dress 😉  Then we did the drawers in a bright flat white by Behr.  I know, I know, flat paint – but there is a reason we used it.  We painted this piece indoors, yep on white carpet because it was way too hot outside here in St Louis for the graphics.

2.  We let the piece dry a couple hours then applied a Wall Graphics Motifs Muraux from HIH (Hip in a Hurry) which we got on sale at Joann’s Fabrics for $7.  We closed all the drawers, measured from the top where we wanted the graphic, used scissors to cut that portion off, and applied the graphic.  We then did the bottom half of the dresser, using a box cutter to cut the graphic between the drawers for easy opening.

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3.  Once applied, we had that hand looked paint feel.  We followed up with two coats of clear varnish matted finish from Minwax, and applied re-loved painted handles we removed from another old piece we had.

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You would never know this was not hand painted!  Here’s to new life for an old piece for about $17 and your time!  Thanks for stopping by Hello…I Live Here!  We always appreciate the company 🙂



2 Comments on $17 Dresser Makeover

  1. Hannah
    February 6, 2016 at 2:45 am (3 years ago)

    This is brilliant!!! I’m really inspired by this – thank you so muvh for sharing this idea!! It turned out *beautifully* (wow!!!!!) and being a DIY newbie, I think I might be able to manage this. Thank you for sharing gorgeous and achievable ideas – love your site!!!

    • Linda Crandall
      February 8, 2016 at 7:16 pm (3 years ago)

      Hannah – Welcome to our site. We are glad you found us. Check back often while we share new ideas throughout the year.
      Cheers – Linda


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