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.
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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.
class it up dresser makeover, how to, painted furniture
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!"

Suggested materials:

  • 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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3 questions
  • Ros4224704
    on Sep 10, 2016

    Where did you get those beautiful drawer pulls?

    • Jean Rigdon
      on Sep 11, 2016

      My daughter bought some like this at Lowes. Pricey but they make the project.

  • Debbie Wall
    on Sep 10, 2016

    I have a desk I would like to refinish but top has a Formica finish. What do I do with this?

    • Tina Tocci
      on Sep 11, 2016

      I used a belt sander on mine and painted with rustoleum. It turned out just great actually nicer than the wood after I painted it. Good luck and Robin I love the dresser it looks really classy!

  • Gail calcutt
    on Sep 11, 2016

    Beautiful work!!! Where did you find the hardware pulls?

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  • Mjd30474143
    on Sep 23, 2017

    wow gorgeous
  • Teresa
    on Dec 3, 2017

    I have seen a lot of makeovers on this site and many others and this is the most spectacular change I have ever seen! Bravo!!!👏👏👏👏
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