Little Dresser Makeover

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2 Days

I had a friend reach out wanting her dresser to have a facelift! When she sent me a picture of it, I was like “hmm ok it’s made of plywood, but we could work with this”. We both came up with the choice that a nice green would make this little dresser sure funky, minimal, and unique! check out my Instagram reels for a funny before and after video!


First step was to remove hardware and sand, and remove the laminate that was on the top!


Thankfully since we were just repainting this dresser, not ALL the paint needed to come off, just enough to make a smooth finish.

Prime time

It was time to prime! It’s amazing how much even a primer can make something look that much better!

I use BIN shellac based by zinsser

Coats X2

2 coats!

Time to add green!

We went with behr paint from homedepot!


I find all paint samples are a bit different then they come out once dried, but I am very happy with how it turned out and so is the client!

Top coat

I top coated everything in varathanes satin!


I took off the original legs and sanded them down and applied a minwax provincal stain.

I also added new handles I got from amazon!

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  • Wendy Wendy on Sep 09, 2020

    Does the paint chip off at all after use?

  • Julie Porter Julie Porter on Sep 10, 2020

    Hi I love the green with the brass accents. What color was the paint chip? I cannot tell from the photo in the post.

  • Maggie Maggie on Sep 10, 2021

    What did you replace the top with? I know you said that you had removed it.


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  • Em Em on Sep 10, 2021

    Love the green

  • Kyralee Kyralee on Sep 10, 2021

    You really have "vision" to have seen beyond the ugly duckling here. But wow, you definitely revealed the swan! It's beautiful. Green is my favorite color so I am particularly loving that!