Vintage Dresser Before and After Makeover

I am quite partial to vintage dressers with pretty curved drawers and sweet details. When I saw this dresser at my local thrift shop, it had clearly seen better days, but the lovely vintage details were still there. The top looked as though someone previously had started to refinish it, but gave up. I decided to take over where the previous owner had left off.
The original hardware was gone, and the existing finish was in very bad shape. I stripped the finish from the dresser down to bare wood and then sanded the entire dresser.
I stained the top and upper drawers with General Finishes gel stain in Antique Walnut. I painted the rest of the dresser with General Finishes milk paint in Coastal Blue. I sealed the entire piece with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat.
I shined up the original brass keyhole covers with Brasso, and added new brass bow knobs to the top drawers and brass cup pulls to the lower drawers.
The original casters (wheels) were also missing, so I added replacement wood casters to the feet.
For more photos and details on this dresser makeover, please visit my blog!
Susan @ Saw Nail and Paint
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
3 of 4 questions
  • Samantha Rose Samantha Rose on Mar 12, 2018

    Where did you find the bow knobs?

  • Karen Karen on Jan 10, 2019

    I now just found your dresser makeover. I absolutely loved the first picture and could not wait to see the rest. I give you an "A+" and, your accessories are perfect. Was surprised that you could buy wooden wheels/castors. Love the color of blue you picked out. Will check out your blog for more information....Love your room. Are you a decorator?

  • Sueann Taylor Kingkade Sueann Taylor Kingkade on Mar 18, 2019

    As always, your work is outstanding! Where can I get replacement wooden casters if you don't mind sharing?

Join the conversation
3 of 23 comments