I am always searching for cheap vintage furniture that can be rescued from destruction and made over into something beautiful, and finding the perfect nightstand for our master bedroom was at the top of my list. Furniture on Craigslist seems to be selling for an arm and a leg these days, so I was beyond excited when I saw this vintage solid wood dresser listed for only $25! It had great lines and a shape that wouldn’t clash with the modern dresser on my husband’s side of the bed. It was located in another town that is half an hour away and was literally right around the corner from where I was headed to my son’s gymnastics class. It was fate. Sold!
This piece was in even worse shape than I had expected, but I knew that there was a ton of potential there. When I say that the dresser smelled musty beyond belief, I’m giving it a HUGE compliment. Seriously, I think there could have been dead things in there at one point. The smell was atrocious.
The drawers were busted and stained, and there was a strange light green funk all over the back side of the piece. YUCK.
I started by giving the entire dresser a dousing of straight vinegar to see if it would help get rid of some of the smell, and after it dried, I sanded the heck of it with my palm sander. I had to enlist the help of my husband to give it a deeper and more thorough sanding because the smell of the dust was practically enough to knock me out! After he finished sanding, I gave it another spray down with vinegar which cut the smell dramatically afterwards.
I love Kilz spray primer. Great big puffy heart LOVE them. This stuff is amazing! I decided to give the entire dresser, inside and out, a coat of primer to help seal in the remaining smell and the deep set old stains. It took me six cans of spray primer to coat the dresser and all the drawers, but it worked like magic. NO more funky smell at all! Amazing!
Those nasty old drawers look so much nicer with their new paint and grey chevron drawer liners!
The chippy finish gives the piece an aged shabby chic cottage look, but it’s not so distressed that it overwhelms the look. I don’t usually distress my furniture, but I’m thinking that this might start a new trend for me.
It took me forever to decide on what type of hardware I wanted to use, but I finally went with Liberty Hardware pulls and rings because I wanted something that looked both modern and vintage, and I didn’t want to break the bank either. The dresser only cost $25, so I was determined not to spend more than that (shipping included) on my hardware!
I’m totally in love with the way it came out!
My most favorite details are the new keyhole plates. The original dresser didn’t have any, but I fell in love with these while I was shopping for the hardware and had to add them to my cart as well. These babies add so much charm and finish to the piece, and they only set me back a whopping 80 cents for both of them!
Everyone loves a good before-and-after, right?
We kept this pop of bright yellow in our living room for a couple of days so that I could photograph it, and I fell in love with the splash of color and cheer that it brought to the room. I’m already planning on making over a yellow hope chest to take it’s place once it moves up into my bedroom!
Love it. could you tell me the brand of paint sprayer you used? Thanks,
I love what you have done…I would like to do the same with a small furniture that I have at home. However, I no experience with paining wood and I guess it is more than painting. Where should I start looking? Any suggestions? Thanks
Did the paint spray gun use a compressor or a cartridge?
This spray gun uses a compressor, but if you’d prefer an electric plug-in version without a compressor, I highly recommend the HomeRight Finish Max sprayer. 🙂
I love this dresser and the yellow! I’m wanting to paint a dresser yellow and find I’m overwhelmed with the different shades, could you please share what colour yellow you used? Much appreciated!!
Hi Kim! I wish I could help, but my yellow paint was actually a mixture of several different shades that we had in the garage. I just mixed them and added some white until it was the color I wanted. Good luck! 🙂
Hi. I too love this! I am painting a thrift find captains bed a similar yellow for my daughters room. I’ve never used a sprayer before I’m interested in learning on this peice. My question is did you do anything to the paint before putting in spray cup? And what size nozzle do you use? … Also do you ever seal your painted furniture with clear coat? I’m thinking I might try that too this time.
I did have to thin my paint just a very little bit to use with the sprayer. I used water to thin my paint because my paint was a water-based latex. I was surprised at how little paint was needed to paint my entire dresser! I did not seal this piece, but I do think that at some point I probably will do a clear coat just on the top because it needs to withstand more use (and abuse from the kiddos!) than I originally thought it would. 🙂
Jenn "Rook No. 17" says
Wow! Beautifully done! Love the paint, the hardware, and the drawer lining.
Seriously… I LOVE your dresser! My aunt just found a similar dresser and I just sent her the link to your post so she can get some ideas!
Heidi @ Moms Crafty Space says
I can’t wait to see how it turns out! 🙂
Providence Sunday School Class says
So cute…I’ll be using some of your techniques when I take on an antique dresser that I just got from my mom! I’ll be sure to share my results too! =)
Cheryl @ That's What Che Said says
I am in LOVE…if I lived closer I’d come take it while you were grocery shopping 🙂 xoxo
Mrs Hoff says
Great job! It reminds me of the yellow dresser that graced the cover of Martha Stewart in the late 90’s or early 2000 (I believe it was her most popular cover ever!). But the icing on the cake—the chevron drawer liner!
Four Marrs and One Venus says
Girl! I love it– makes me so happy- yellow yellow- smile smile! 🙂
Loving the yellow, Heidi!! Yes, you’re so right…just the sides are different. That’s so crazy! And I’m LOVING that hardware you used…gorgeous. The yellow is so sunny and fabulous. xoxo
Julie redheadcandecorate.com says
It’s perfect. Those pulls are to die for. Then the chevron 🙂 The contrast against the yellow is gorgeous. So nice to meet you, you are very talented. looking forward to more 🙂 I also love dandelions but I’m so allergic. Poor guys get a bad wrap!
John Ogden says
I must say it does look cool, its the first time I have seen this done to a coloured piece, I have a set of drawers that I’m now going to do the same theme with, I’ll post them when I am done. Thanks for sharing. All the best, John.
Heidi @ Moms Crafty Space says
Thank you! That lovely painting was done by my sister for my birthday a few years ago. It’s one of my most favorite things in my home! 🙂
Love the dresser but loving the picture that hangs above it- lovely! Wonderful job, from our family to yours, http://fourfarming.blogspot.com/
Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke Photography says
love that yellow paint! Similar to one I used in my Master!