DIY Dresser Makeover. From Old to Gorgeous.

4 Materials
3 Hours

This old dresser was perfect for my kids playroom, but it desperately needed a facelift. And today I'll walk you through how to update an old dresser and make it look so fabulous that it might look like a brand new modern dresser when you finish.

I sanded the fronts of the drawers

1. Take off old hardware. You can decide later if you'd like to change it completely or just update it a bit (with spray paint). Switching hardware can completely change the look of your furniture piece.

2. Sand with an orbital sander. Sanding furniture and taking off the top layer can make a huge difference.

An orbital sander is a great candidate for this job.

The bottom had "curvy" legs before

3. Get rid of an old lining. I removed it using a heat gun for scrapbooking (the embossing gun). When you remove the lining, make sure to heat it a bit in the corner and carefully pull it off. If you pull off too fast, it will break. You need to find the perfect balance of pulling it to nicely and efficiently remove all the lining. You could also scrape it off, but it will take way more time, and who has time these days.

I primed the dresser first and then applied two coats of color

4. Cut off the bottom. In my case, I simply took a circular saw and cut off the ornamented bottom.

5. Decide on the finish. I primed the dresser first and then painted the top and sides in "vanilla paste" color by Behr, and simply stained the front of the old drawers with a new stain mix - provincial and weathered oak.

6. Line the inside of the drawers. I used this gorgeous damask shelving paper. It looks amazing with the round bronze knobs.

7. Attach new legs and you are done!

Isn't it gorgeous?

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  • Jannel Jannel on Sep 14, 2021

    Love it. Removing the bottom and putting legs remade this piece. I love the drawers and the knots in the wood. So glad you didn't paint them. Beautiful.

    • April April on Sep 14, 2021

      Thank you, Jen! I totally agree about the legs and the bottom! And yes on the knots! I wouldn't dare to paint them. I made a video about it on YT and I think I talk there about where this piece came from and why I decided to leave the wood grain

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Sep 14, 2021

    Great job. It's a beautiful piece of furniture to begin with, but the end result is Fabulous! Thanks for sharing with all of us.