A Dark Wood Dresser With a White Top


Some pieces just need a little paint to update them, and that was the case with this gorgeous antique dresser. The top veneer was ruined, so after it was removed, holes were filled and it was sanded smooth, the top was primed and painted in white. The rest of the dresser got a coat of dark stain to give the wood a richer look. The last part of updating it was painting some of the original pulls white, and adding new knobs to the top drawers. The contrast of the dark wood and crisp white gives this piece a modern look, but it still has its old character and charm!
dresser before - lighter toned wood and chunks of veneer missing off the top.
dresser before - lighter toned wood and chunks of veneer missing off the top.
After - new stain and a little paint
After - new stain and a little paint
After - new stain and a little paint
After - new stain and a little paint
After - new stain and a little paint
After - new stain and a little paint
contrasting white pulls and top against the dark-stained wood.
contrasting white pulls and top against the dark-stained wood.

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  • Reposhture Studio - Kim
    on Mar 14, 2014

    Love this so much. usually we painters do the reverse treatment and this looks so cool and modern, yet vintage. Might need to copy this =0)

    • The Weathered Door
      on Mar 16, 2014

      @Reposhture Studio - Kim I agree, I am glad I didn't paint this whole piece. I think the painted top and white hardware gives it a more updated and modern feel while still keeping its old antique character and charm with those details and turned legs.

  • Marlene
    on May 12, 2015

    I am not into painting wood, but this piece is very pretty. The wood might have needed wood conditioner first, but I think it is beautiful.

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