Janel Santos
Janel Santos
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  • Blackfoot, ID

1963 Dresser Finally Redone


This is the before. Many years ago, I was going to distress paint it with green undertones. Life took over instead. I had lots of cleaning and sanding. I used lots of bleach, liquid TSP and then smoothed it all after it dried with fine sand paper blocks.
BEFORE
BEFORE
My Dad built this dresser for me for High School Graduation, in 1963. It was the last thing he built. It was stained brown and very "loved" through the years. I finally finished the repair and redo.
AFTER
AFTER
Every time I open the drawers, I will smile. I love the pop of color. It makes you happy.
dresser makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Gave everything an off white base coat...top, bottom, inside and out. I don't like bare wood against clothes. I gave the dresser frame and the drawer fronts & sides 2 more coats of off white. I love mistints from the stores. I get what I like then I make my own colors.
dresser makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Painted the inside of the drawers with acrylic craft paints that I had...very cool colors. I then used a matte spray sealer on the inside of the drawers.
dresser makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I used "Shabby Paints, Brown Vax" for the brown distressing and to seal the main body. Note that the inside has one coat of paint. Took this puppy inside to make room for my canvas.
dresser makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
This is my canvas. I sketched onto some shipping paper first ( I was afraid to sketch onto the drawers) then I used graphite to transfer. Never again...I will just sketch onto the painted item. The graphite is messy, smears and is a pain to get off.
My canvas...very scary. Just rough sketching.
My canvas...very scary. Just rough sketching.
I did my painting with the Vax and 3 shades of acrylics.
dresser makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I tried to "not do too much". It's hard to stop. With the paints, I could see and feel the art part of it. I loved it. I sealed the drawer faces with a matte spray coat.
dresser makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I wanted to keep it as much of my Dad as I could. I cleaned the old copper knobs and I sprayed them with Rustoleums Hammered bronze.
dresser makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I used wax on the sliders and drawers. Put all the numbered drawers in place and I'm pleased.
dresser makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
It goes great with my DIY chalk painted wooden ladder...
dresser makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
...and my husbands old wardrobe make over (it's apple green inside) and his little stool and deer sketch I made.

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1 question
  • Joan Tomicki
    on Mar 18, 2017

    What kind of wax did you use on the sliders mine are raw wood and they leave shaved wood pieces each time the drawers are opened and closed. Please help me

    • Anne Noordhof
      on Mar 6, 2018

      You can get a wood wax at most large home improvement stores. Ask in the paint and stain dept for paste wax. Hope this helps.😀

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