Converted Dresser

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4 Days
Some of the most heavy, dark, ornate furniture from the 70's takes on such a personality when painted and given new life.
Craigslist can be full of hits and misses. Once again I looked at this beaten up old dresser and say potential. It's one of those old resin and mdf dressers that weighs a ton. Couldn't pass it up when it was only $40 for such a large piece.
It was in rough shape and missing some of the moundings and hardware, but it still had some life in it.
You can see the moulding is missing from the top left drawer. There was also missing hardware on a couple of the drawers. Here it is in my garage all cleaned up with TSP and a good scrubbing.
After reinforcing the inside with some L brackets I got to work getting it ready for primer. My go to is zinser. It does not require any sanding, and can even be tinted to help painting easier.
Since some of the mounding was missing from a drawer I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to convert it from a dresser j to something else. I removed. I added a shelf in place of the top row of drawers.
All ready for a fresh coat of paint!
It already looks better with a first coat of primer.
Here it is with a blue green coat of paint. It's Riverway by Sherwin Williams. A sample instead of a full quart was more than enough to paint it out.
Simple baskets returned some of the storage from the missing drawers.
Because there was SOOO much detail on this piece I added a bit of black antiquing wax from Hobby Lobby to accent all of the details.
New glass knobs took place of the mismatched and missing hardware on the drawers.
Suggested materials:
  • Zinser primer
  • Riverway paint by Sherwin Williams
  • Hardware from Hobby Lobby
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