Solid Maple Dresser Given a New Life

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I found this dresser on my local Facebook marketplace and since I have worked on similar pieces before I knew this was going to clean up really nice.


One of the doors were hanging down but It was actually only missing a couple of screws. Since it was a solid maple dresser I got to sanding with my orbital sander starting with 80 grit and working my way down to 320. ( 80,120,220,320)

Here is the top which had the most damage.

But as you can see it cleaned up really nice after it was sanded down.

Here are the doors getting ready to be sanded.

Here it is all sanded down

I drew up some sketches and decided on the design above. For the white paint I used valspar furniture and cabinet paint. And used zin primer beforehand. I usually apply these with a foam roller.

If you want your finish super smooth you can lightly sand between coats with a high grit sandpaper 500 or above.

All coming together

I decided to leave the top, doors and sides natural wood. It only got several coats of polyurethane clear coats and it was ready for pictures.

I was so happy to see this dresser go to a nursery. It will have another lifetime and many more years of use. If you like this transformation follow me on Instagram @andreapalmai

Suggested materials:

  • Electric sander   (Amazon)
  • Sand paper   (Amazon)
  • White paint   (Lowe's)
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  • Momo Momo on Oct 27, 2021

    You are really something. This turned out beautifully and ready for a museum of MCM finds. Inspiring for me. Thanks so much for the directions, gives me hope to accomplish something equally stunning!

  • Patsy47 Patsy47 on Nov 24, 2021

    having viewed your projects these past years, i expect nothing less than stunning finishes and designs.....yet, you continue to amaze me...another gorgeous piece ressurected to live on for another generation.....beautiful