I know that my followers love a good furniture makeover and I have a good old fashioned painted dresser makeover today!
This is a dresser I bought in the spring of 2019 when my mom and I were working on the guest room makeover. We went out to a few local antique and consignment shops to see if we could find dressers to use as storage/nightstands and we ended up finding one for each side. This is one of those dressers that was now replaced by an almost identical dresser we found when they were visiting a few weeks ago. Are you tracking with me?
We ended up swapping out the one we bought last March with the recent find because the drawers work just a little bit better. Since Jeff will be using it daily as a nightstand, it made sense to use the slightly sturdier one. Be also loads it with books, and I mean loads it. One drawer could be completely stuffed with books. Which are heavy on those creaky, old drawers, so they need to be sturdy.
So, that meant this one needed to be painted, too.
Now, before I get further into this, I know the drill. I know there are people who feel particularly perturbed when oak furniture is messed with and they won’t like that I painted it and that’s okay. I know enough about furniture to know this is not a rare, valuable, fine antique. I also could tell it was refinished in recent decades, probably the 1980’s. Painting this piece is not devaluing it. I love beautiful, old wood and I have a lot of unpainted pieces in my home, but for the purposes of my specific space, I wanted to paint this piece.
I started off by giving it about a five-minute sanding with 100 grit paper. This took off the shine and roughed up the surface enough to give the paint something to grip.
I sanded the finish completely off of the top, so I could just do a wash and leave the grain showing. If you’ve followed me long enough, you know that I don’t like painted tops. I like to just add a light wash or stain or just put on a clear finish. I think those options wear much better than paint over the years.
I applied two coats of MMSMP grain sack for this painted dresser…
Initially, I loved the look of the original hardware, but once I got it in the room, it just looked off. The brass was just a little too bright.
So, I replaced the hardware with some vintage pulls and knobs I found on Etsy that are a similar style. They look much better on the piece and with the other decorative components in the room, like the mirror.
Here is a closer look at the washed finish…
It allows the grain to show through but neutralizes the orange/yellow tones. This is a particularly effective treatment on wood that has a deep grain, like oak.
Just for fun, here is a 3-second flyover of the painted dresser makeover…
You can find more furniture before & afters HERE if you’d like some more ideas for your own pieces!
And, speaking of paint, I’m going to be painting our bathroom cabinets today! It’s the last step to getting our master bathroom makeover finished…