Three Ways to Modernize an Old Dresser

4 Materials
2 Days

My mother-in-law gifted us some beautiful (but dated) pieces of high quality furniture. My mission was to modernize the piece and make it more suitable for our taste and the style of our home.

First I removed the old hardware and cleaned the piece with KRUD kutter. Then I got to work removing the scroll trim on the base by unscrewing it from the bottom and cutting it off with my reciprocating saw. After a quick sanding it was looking much better and I was ready to clean the piece again and add a coat of primer!

With one coat of primer on I began to paint, this piece took 3 coats of Benjamin Moore advance paint in the color backwoods. I love how easily this paint levels itself and highly recommend light coats for best smooth coverage.

Next up I applied peel and stick wallpaper (that will be featured in the room) into the drawers as a sort of liner. I like that it ties the room together and makes for a nice clean surface for storage in an old dresser. All you do it cut your pieces to size, remove backing and smooth inside drawer.

Finally I purchased new hardware with clean lines and a beautiful raw wood touch!

I think paint, peel and stick liner, and new handles can give any old piece of furniture new life! Do you like the transformation?

The piece started like this. Beautiful but not my style

I really dislike the scroll trim and felt it did not go well in a boys room

So I got to work unscrewing the bottom trim and cutting it straight off with my reciprocating saw

After fully cleaning the piece, I applied a coat of primer

Next up came the color! This is Benjamin Moore Backwoods

For another modernizing touch I lined the drawers with peel and stick wallpaper

The final piece is stunning with the addition of new wood hardware and that pop of color!

Suggested materials:

  • Primer   (Lowes)
  • Benjamin Moore advance in color backwoods   (Hardware store)
  • Wood handles   (Amazon)
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  • William William on Jul 27, 2021

    Yup, dated men's dresser from the 70's. Dark mahogany finish with scroll pulls. "Classy" in it's day. Removing the bottom scroll trim was a great start. Love the color you chose. The pulls give it the modern look with character. Great job and great share

  • Instagrahamhome Instagrahamhome on Jul 27, 2021

    Just wanted to say thanks so much for your ice comment!