New Look for an Outdated Piece

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This piece was perfect in size, but pretty outdated and ugly. I painted this for a friend that wanted something fun. Besides the fun pop of color, it has a whole new look with just a few little extra touches.

Remove Hardware

First things first.. that hardware had to go. Luckily the hardware I had chosen fit perfectly in the existing holes. Except for the top drawer which we drilled. The keyhole hardware still had a traditional look... so that had to go also.

I cleaned everything well using TSP mixed with water.

Fun new color!

Since I did not have this color in a chalk paint.. I went ahead and made my own. I used 2 tablespoons of plaster of Paris with an 1/4 cup of water mixed and shaken with a quart to go sample from Sherwin Williams.


I painted the base of the dresser with two coats. Then let dry. I painted the top of the dresser with a white chalk paint.

Stamping the top

I purchased a set of barnwood stamps from IOD last year.. and couldn't have been happier because I can use them in so many ways. You just simply roll on your paint and stamp. So fun and easy with awesome results!

Seal and Distress

After I finish painting and was happy with my stamping.. I used sandpaper to Scuff the edges to give it a little bit of a worn look. Then went ahead and sealed everything with Retique It polyacrylic.

Making a new Keyhole

So that ugly keyhole also left an ugly mark on the dresser that unfortunately I was unable to fill with spackle successfully. So I pulled out molds that I had already purchased by IOD.. chose my favorite.. and used hot glue to create a new one.

Matching the new Hardware

Since my mold was clear, it went ahead and simply sprayed it with Rust-Oleum oil rubbed bronze paint. It matched the hardware I had chosen perfectly. Then after it was dry, I glued it right onto the dresser.


My friend I loved how it came out. It doesn't even look like the same dresser anymore. Besides the new hardware making such a huge difference the color was definitely fun!

Finished Top

I wanted to show you the finished top. It broke up a little bit of that fun color without being boring.😁

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  • Jerri
    on Jul 26, 2020

    Absolutely love this! What color did you use on the barn wood stamps?

    • Roberta
      on Jul 26, 2020

      I believe I used black. Sometimes I use a dark gray also.

  • Dorla Yuroshek
    Dorla Yuroshek
    on Jul 27, 2020

    Love it! But I do have a question about the stamping. How do you get the top to not look like you’re stamping the same stamp in a row? For instance if the stamp is 6“ x 5“ wide and you use the same stamp over and over, how do you get it not to look the same?

    • Roberta
      on Jul 28, 2020

      It's an actual kit with multiple stamps. 3 longer wood grain type, knots and even the nails with lines. So I just use one of the 3 stamps in a row, then switch to another one for the next row and so on. It's so cool!

  • Angel Carter
    Angel Carter
    on Jul 29, 2020

    Thanks Roberta! What size are they?

    • Roberta
      on Jul 29, 2020

      Google IOD barnwood plank stamp and you can get the details. I am not a retailer for them, so I don't want to mix anything up. I just like them and use them ☺️

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  • Angel Carter
    Angel Carter
    on Jul 28, 2020

    Absolutely beautiful!  Do you mind posting the website that you purchased the barnwood stamps? I Googled IOD barnwood stamps & so many different things came up. Thanks!

    • Roberta
      on Jul 29, 2020

      I bought them from a local retailer. There are a lot of retailers that sell them. Maybe look for one in your area?

  • Patty
    on Aug 1, 2020

    Turned out really pretty. Love the color. Really cool you can make your own little decorations!

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