Dresser Turned Into a DIY Map Cabinet | Dresser Restyle

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Hi Hometalk! I hope every one of you is having a nice day. Today, I will share a design or you can call it a style that I've been a huge fan of. I am a really huge fan of it that I have one sitting in my living room, I love it so much that I couldn't sell it! So let's begin turning this dresser into a map cabinet!

I've bought this old soft pine Ikea dresser at a local ReStore for $30. It has a few scratches and perforations and to complement the dresser's imperfection, I will be restyling it into an Antique Map Cabinet.

I extracted the old hardware and then cleansed the dresser with a TSP substitute.

After the piece was dry and clean I filled in the holes from the old hardware using an All-Purpose Putty.

I sanded the whole dresser with 120 grit sandpaper. To add some dimension and variation to the final finish, I sanded down some areas to bare wood and some are just lightly sanded.

As we all know, Map Cabinets do have many drawers. And this dresser only had 2 long drawers and 2 short ones. So I decided to give it faux drawers by creating a line in the middle of the drawers using a router.

The piece had its share of imperfections and to add more character, I added fake holes to blend it in. This made the look of the cabinet more antique!

Then I used a Water-Based Gel Stain in a warm brown color. I gave two coats of it to bring out the holes and create a gorgeous finish.

After the stain dried, I mixed 50/50 rich dark brown with black chalk mineral paint and water. I applied the first wash by brushing it on and then wiping off the excess with the grain. The piece now showed a decadent color!

I dabbed another coat of wash on the sections and this gave the piece a more dated look.

I mixed my leftover dark brown chalk paint and the top coat that I will be using. This served as a tinted topcoat and it made a very huge difference as it gave the finish another layer of depth.

I then added caster wheels.

Lastly, I added brass pull handles for the faux drawers.

And here is the finished look! What do you think? Does it travel you back in time?

The color is perfect and I love those little dings and holes, really punches a new character!

Here's another look at its before and after. Has the Dresser Turned Into Map Cabinet inspired you to explore and try new things? Or has it given you an idea for your next project? Let me know! Happy Painting Friends!

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  • Felicitas Felix Loranger Felicitas Felix Loranger on May 26, 2022

    I have the almost same dresser in the closet, 'cause I really don't like it. Now I can see how this dresser of mine might come out of the closet. My question is: The dresser has some kind of shellac on it. I can't remember what we put on it so many years ago. Looking for an easy way to get it off. H. E. L. P. please!

  • Stevemar2 Stevemar2 on May 26, 2022

    Love the dresser! My question, tho, is where did you get that ultra-cool vase on the right? Did you make that?

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