New Look for an Old Dresser

We found this vintage dresser in a thrift store in Raleigh. It had "good bones" but was looking a bit...tired. Follow along as we gave it a new look!
In the photo above, taken in our workshop, uh garage, we'd already removed the mirror and its stand. The next step was to clean everything thoroughly. Once that was done, we coated the inside of the drawers with water-based polyurethane. That made us feel better about putting our clothes in there - a nice, clean finish, and smoother too.
As you can see, this dresser was a bit the worse for wear. We "could" have tried refinishing these parts, but decided to take a different approach.
We used tape to protect the parts that were in good condition and didn't need "the treatment".
We had to add a drawer "stop" to replace one that was missing. Easily done with a thin strip of wood and some glue. Then we applied a coat of green latex paint to the desired areas. We had some paint left over from redoing our master bedroom nightstands (see Modern Spin On Testers for a look at those).
After the paint had dried, we LIGHTLY sanded the areas that would normally get rubbed the most (edges).
Once that was done, we wiped a mid-tone stain over the painted parts, which darkened the exposed wood and antiqued the green paint. Most of the stain gets wiped off, but what's left creates the distressed looking finish.


The final step was applying a coat of paste wax. This brings a rich glow to the wood and helps protect it from drying out. It has a pretty strong smell, so we left the dresser in the garage for a couple of days to let it dissipate.
We hope you enjoyed this project!
And a gratuitous cute doggy pic, because why not? Daisy in red, Buster in green. For more pup pictures, projects, and recipes, come see us on our blog or visit us on Instagram!
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