I purchased this oak dresser on the Facebook marketplace for $30. It also came with a mirror which I sold for $20 as I didn't need it. Making the dresser a $10 investment.
Cheap Oak Dresser Getting a Makeover
Nothing special. This piece is probably from the 70's or so but it was solid Oak all around, so it made it the perfect candidate for a white wash.
With my orbital sander I sanded down the whole dresser with 120, 220 grit. What emerged is a light oak color. I wanted to keep the color so I decided to use a light white wash.
A white wash is about one third of water based white paint and two thirds of water. This is kind of like creating your own water based stain. Apply it with a brush then wipe it down with a cloth. After you wipe it down you will need to let it dry for a couple of hours. In the summer heat this was dry in an hour or so. May take longer if it's cold or humid.
Since I had everything on hand and used the original hardware on this piece my investment was only 10 bucks. Not bad!
I polished the original hardware and since it was solid brass it cleaned up nicely. Once everything was dry I applied a water based polyurethane clear coat
I love how this looks like a very expensive white oak dresser. Solid, heavy, gorgeous and will last another lifetime and the best part is it went home to a nursery.
If you like this transformation check out my reel on Instagram of this piece.
- Electric sander (Amazon)
- Sand paper (Amazon)
- White paint (Amazon)
- Brushes and rollers (Amazon)
- Polyurethane clear coat (Amazon)
Leslie on Sep 26, 2021
Lovely turnaround on this dresser, thank you for not painting another color. The white wash kept the grain of the wood alive and enhanced the wood instead of covering it over. The polished brass of the handles makes this dresser stand out, PLUS they went with the look you wanted.