Little Dresser Makeover

5 Materials
2 Days

I had a friend reach out wanting her dresser to have a facelift! When she sent me a picture of it, I was like “hmm ok it’s made of plywood, but we could work with this”. We both came up with the choice that a nice green would make this little dresser sure funky, minimal, and unique! check out my Instagram reels for a funny before and after video!


First step was to remove hardware and sand, and remove the laminate that was on the top!


Thankfully since we were just repainting this dresser, not ALL the paint needed to come off, just enough to make a smooth finish.

Prime time

It was time to prime! It’s amazing how much even a primer can make something look that much better!

I use BIN shellac based by zinsser

Coats X2

2 coats!

Time to add green!

We went with behr paint from homedepot!


I find all paint samples are a bit different then they come out once dried, but I am very happy with how it turned out and so is the client!

Top coat

I top coated everything in varathanes satin!


I took off the original legs and sanded them down and applied a minwax provincal stain.

I also added new handles I got from amazon!

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  • Darwin Copeland
    on Sep 9, 2020

    Turned out good. Green color is just not for me but you did an awesome job. Would you consider a distressed look too?

  • Wendy
    on Sep 9, 2020

    Does the paint chip off at all after use?

    • Jeanne Martin
      on Sep 9, 2020

      Hi Wendy....If you are concerned about chipping paint (I am!) I have discovered and now only use Valspar Cabinet & Furniture paint. This paint is wonderful! It is self leveling and dries to a super hard finish. It comes in satin, semi-gloss or gloss. Plus, it needs no top coat (like poly). Just thought I'd mention it.

  • Julie Porter
    on Sep 10, 2020

    Hi I love the green with the brass accents. What color was the paint chip? I cannot tell from the photo in the post.

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  • Mona Plunkett
    on Sep 11, 2020

    Really nice job!

  • Johanne Palange
    on Sep 12, 2020

    I love it. Simple, yet quite a success. This shade of green is just so soothing and relaxing. My hutch is just such a green and I never tire of it. It will have time to naturally distress before I ever do anything to it again.

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