8-Step Furniture Makeover: Giving a Dated Dresser New Life

by Flippedbyfaith_

Looking to give old furniture a modern makeover? In this step-by-step tutorial, we'll guide you through the process of transforming a dated dresser into a contemporary masterpiece.

Inspired by a farmhouse-style piece that needed a modern makeover, I’ll take you through the journey of redesigning and refurbishing. With a few simple steps and some creative ideas, you can achieve stunning results. Let's get started!

Tools and materials

  • Old dresser or furniture piece
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper (medium and fine grit)
  • Gold spray paint
  • Paint sprayer gun or paintbrush
  • Black paint
  • Painter's tape
  • Fluted trim (optional)
  • Wood glue (if using fluted trim)
  • Paint primer (if necessary)
  • Drop cloths or newspapers
  • Protective gear (gloves, safety glasses, mask)
  • Paper towels or rags
Removing the hardware and doors

Step 1: Remove Hardware and Doors

Start by removing any hardware and doors from the dresser using a screwdriver. Place the removed items in a safe, well-ventilated area for later use.

Reshaping the base

Step 2: Reshape the Base

To give the dresser a more modern touch, consider reshaping the base by cutting off any decorative curves. Use a saw or a suitable cutting tool to achieve the desired shape.

Spray-painting the metal hardware

Step 3: Update the Hardware

Spray paint all the metal hardware pieces with gold spray paint to add a touch of elegance. Ensure you apply even coats and allow ample drying time between each coat.

Creating a fluted look for the doors

Step 4: Create a Fluted Look (Optional)

If you wish to add a fluted look to the doors, you can apply fluted trim. Measure and cut the trim to fit the door panels, then secure it using wood glue. Allow the glue to dry completely.

Step 5: Prep for Painting

Prepare the dresser for painting by sanding the entire piece. If the dresser has an existing finish, you may need to apply a paint primer before moving on to the next step. Clean off any dust or debris using a damp cloth or paper towel.

Painting the unit black

Step 6: Apply Black Paint

Using a paint sprayer gun or a paintbrush, apply a coat of black paint to the entire dresser to give it a modern aesthetic. Ensure that the paint is applied evenly and smoothly, covering all surfaces.

Allow the first coat to dry completely, and then apply additional coats as needed for full coverage. Be patient and allow each coat to dry before adding another.

Reattaching the doors and hardware

Step 7: Reassemble

Once the paint has dried completely and you're satisfied with the finish, reattach the doors and hardware to the dresser.

Step 8: Final Touches

Perform any final touch-ups as needed. Remove any painter's tape, clean the piece, and inspect it for any imperfections.

Furniture before the makeover
Unit after the makeover

Furniture makeover

Congratulations! You've successfully given your old furniture a modern makeover, breathing new life into an outdated piece. Your efforts have not only saved a piece of furniture from ending up in the landfill but have also created a stunning addition to your home.

Enjoy your newly transformed furniture and the satisfaction of a DIY project well done! Be sure to leave me a comment to let me know how your project came out.

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