How to Repair and Transform a Vintage Dresser

It's time for the Contest!
This months themes is "Icing on the Cake" and the sponsor is the wonderful D. Lawless Hardware Company.

I found a great dresser on CL that needed a little TLC and I knew it would be perfect for the contest.
Here is the Before photo-great bones but in need of some TLC
The finish on the dresser was a yellow with gold details and the appliques needed some patching. To fix the appliques, I put joint compound on the missing sections and when it was almost dry I shaped it with my fingernail ( high tech. tool-ha ha).
I wanted to keep the dresser pretty close to the original, so I pulled out Antique White chalk paint from The Urban Rooster and painted the dresser and mirror with two coats. After the paint had dried I distressed the edges and added gold gilding wax to the details. I just rubbed the gold gilding wax on with my finger-so easy!
I am in love with this dresser! Swoon!

To see all of the entries in the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest head on over to Dandelion Patina or Sweet Song Bird.

If you are a blogger who paints furniture and would like to take part in the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest you can contact Stacy from Anastasia Vintage at or Evey from Sweet Song Bird at
Darrielle Tennenabum
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  • Sandra Hellewell Sandra Hellewell on Dec 16, 2015
    Hi Darrielle! You did a lovely job refurbishing the dresser! I revamp old pieces of furniture myself and I always think of the drawer pulls as the dressers jewelry. I love clear crystal knobs. I just feel that they are a bit too plain for the lovely details of this particular dresser! Perhaps knobs that had the gold color in it or even a vintage brass knob. Something that would just bring it up a notch! I wouldn't have mentioned it but you did such a lovely paint job, I really would like to see you win the contest! PS I'm so sorry! After looking at a few more submissions It clicked that the contest is long over! But I hope you keep in mind what I suggested about the knobs or 'THE ICING ON THE CAKE" It can be the difference between winning or losing! Check out the cream colored melon knobs on the night stand that Jeanie submitted from Create and Babble. I think they have a better kook for your dresser! Just a suggestion! I only mean it as constructive criticism as we learn from our mistakes and I have made many! LOL!

  • Darrielle Tennenabum Darrielle Tennenabum on Dec 16, 2015
    Thank you very much!