How to Do an Outdated Dresser Makeover in a Few Simple Steps

by Rhettsrefinishes

Welcome to my outdated dresser makeover tutorial. I transformed a dull and outdated dresser into a stunning modern farmhouse piece.

With a few simple steps and the right supplies, you can give new life to an old dresser and achieve a stylish look that complements the farmhouse aesthetic. Follow along as I guide you through each stage of this exciting DIY dresser makeover.

Tools and materials

  • Outdated dresser
  • Sandpaper (150-180 grit)
  • Clean cloth or tack cloth
  • Shellac primer
  • Paint sprayer
  • Chalky green paint
  • Paintbrush or sponge brush
  • Wood stain
  • Water-based polyurethane
  • New hardware with a modern farmhouse style
  • Protective gear (mask, gloves, safety glasses)
Sanding the dresser

Step 1: Sanding

Begin by sanding the entire dresser and drawers with 150-180 grit sandpaper. This step is crucial to ensure a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to. Take your time and focus on removing the existing finish down to the bare wood.

Step 2: Cleaning

Wipe down the sanded surfaces with a clean cloth or tack cloth to remove any dust or debris. A clean surface will allow for better adhesion of the primer and paint in the following steps

Spraying a layer of primer

Step 3: Primer Application

Spray the entire dresser with a coat of shellac primer. This will prevent any bleed-through and create a solid base for the paint. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper application and drying times.

Applying a base coat with a paint sprayer

Step 4: Base Coat with Paint Sprayer

Using a paint sprayer, or a paint brush, apply a layer of the paint color of your choice to the dresser, excluding the top three drawers. I chose a lovely chalky green.

Choose a color that will give the dresser a fresh and modern look. Allow sufficient drying time between coats as per the paint's instructions.

Making a paint wash

Step 5: Creating a Paint Wash

Mix a 50/50 solution of paint and water to create a paint wash. Use a sponge brush to apply this wash to the top three drawers, creating a unique and textured effect.

Washing with wood stain

Once dry, go over the wash with wood stain to achieve a beautiful wood tone.

Protective finish

Step 6: Protective Finish

Cover the entire dresser with a water-based polyurethane to protect the painted and stained surfaces. This will also provide durability and a smooth finish. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for application and drying times.

Adding new hardware

Step 7: Hardware Replacement

Enhance the dresser's modern farmhouse vibe by replacing the existing hardware with handles that match the style. This simple change can make a significant impact on the overall aesthetic.

Check out this before and after dresser makeover!

Before the dresser makeover
After the dresser makeover

Outdated dresser makeover

I hope you liked these DIY dresser makeover ideas. With a bit of effort and creativity, you've turned a plain and outdated piece into a stylish modern farmhouse gem.

Enjoy your newly transformed dresser, and feel free to experiment with colors and techniques to make it uniquely yours. Happy crafting!

Follow @rhettsrefinishes on Instagram for more DIY ideas.

Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
Join the conversation