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Class It Up Dresser Makeover

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I had this very old and plain chest of drawers stored with intentions of re-doing it! It was in dire need of something to dress it up.
Difficulty: Moderate
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I opted to re-finish with stain, add decorative wood appliques and metal drawer pulls to achieve a classy antique look.
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To start, I had to prep the piece by repairing the top, glue and clamp the drawers and then sand off all of the old finish. Then, I added the wood appliques. Using wood glue, I attached the corner appliques to the sides of the dresser inside the framework. I previously ordered other appliques from D. Lawless Hardware and decided to use them as well. I attached the large decorative piece on the top drawer and two smaller ones at the base board.
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Once the wood glue was dry, I hand sanded the smooth finish on all of the appliques to soak up stain. After staining, I used an antique dark wax to seal the wood and accentuate the lines of the carvings. When it was set, I rubbed in clear bee's wax.
Finally, drilled holes for the cup pulls and attached them.
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The plain chest of drawers took on a whole new classy look.
  • class it up dresser makeover, how to, painted furniture
  • class it up dresser makeover, how to, painted furniture
  • class it up dresser makeover, how to, painted furniture
  • class it up dresser makeover, how to, painted furniture
I entered this project into The Fab Furniture Flippin’ ContestTM that is sponsored by D. Lawless Hardware and the theme is "Class It Up!"

Materials I used for this project:

  • Stains (Gunstock for the top and Walnut for the base)   (Lowe's)
  • Sandpaper (80 grit to sand off finish and 120 grit for smooth finishing)   (Lowe's)
  • Wood Appliques   (D. Lawless Hardware)
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To see more: http://redoityourselfinspirations.blogspot.com/2016/09/plain-to-classy-antique-chest-of.html

  • Linette Templeman

    Wow it's beautiful. You just gave me hope for 3 dressers I have that are all similar in look but size small,med &lg .thank you , Where dis you get the wood design pieces that you added

    • Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations
      Robin @ Redo It Yourself... Saratoga Springs, NY

      I got them at D. Lawless hardware online. Just look for "wood appliques" on the site search. Then look for "corner, large". Good luck and have fun! Hope you share when you're done!

  • April
    April Oklahoma City, OK

    GORGEOUS!

  • Elaine
    Elaine Land O Lakes, FL

    So nice to see a piece refinished instead of painted. Beautiful wood & details.

  • Mary Weaver-Davis
    Mary Weaver-Davis Richmond, CA

    I will say, that this is the best dresser makeover that I've ever seen! Your going to win that contest. Beautiful combination of colors and accent designs.

  • Margaretmalbert

    That is one gorgeous piece of furniture. It would sell in a store for over $600

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