Thursday, April 24, 2014

Painting and changing hardware can give you a new dresser

I wanted to share with you what a difference paint and new drawer pulls can make, these two things can transform a piece of furniture for sure.

We bought this dresser at the flea market years ago for about $125.00, my intention was to refinish it to it's glorious former self. The finish that was on it was bad, someone had put too many coats of polyurethane on it and the result was "alligator" cracking. Which means the finish looked just like alligator skin, large cracks in the varnish. It sat like this for years, and when I finally got around to "refinishing" it, what I found was that someone had also put a thin layer of orange paint on it! I was very frustrated, but that's what you get sometimes with these old pieces. And surprising to me that I couldn't tell, I have refinished a lot of furniture in my days, but I could not tell that this wasn't the original wood finish that just had a bad case of orange-ish color stain on it since you could see the grain in the wood.

I so wanted a wood piece in my bedroom, I had a nice natural wood piece in mind for this space........oh well. I do love it painted.

What I loved about this dresser is the simple shape, it's got curvy lines but not too ornate. This is my husbands dresser so I wanted it manly:) 
I also love that it is a solid, heavy dresser, and what I love most about it is the beautiful hardware I found to replace the wood knobs. I bought a "lot" of antique knobs at a garage sale once for little or nothing knowing that I would need them someday.

I painted it antique white and distressed it just a little


  1. Anonymous8:36:00 AM

    The contrast is striking! I especially love that mirror over the top. It really pulls the look together.

    1. Thank you Nancy! It looks so much better, don't know what took me so long!

  2. Anonymous1:12:00 PM

    Lovely piece. Beautiful hardware! Cathy

  3. I love your dresser. What a great piece. The white is perfect for it.

    1. Thank you so much Bev! I'm glad I painted it, the hardware shows up better.


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