Happy Monday, friends! I’m ecstatic that it’s Monday because I get to share something super cool with you all. This week I completed my first ever furniture makeover project! The cool thing about a hobby in its beginning stages is that almost every project I complete teaches me something new about DIY that I hadn’t done before. This one was full of lessons. My dad and I spent Saturday morning looking for garage sales and stumbled upon an estate sale. After a full morning of sales that had nothing but knick-knacks and baby clothes, this one was a jackpot. As soon as we walked in I saw this thing:
Isn’t it awful? Putrid green paint, peeling everywhere, and it was seriously full of spiders. I hated it, but at the same time, I knew that I needed it. It’s a solid piece of furniture and intact structurally. I had been thinking of building a piece similar to it for my bedroom, but for $25 this one was perfect. With some stripping and sanding, a few coats of paint and 6 new knobs, this piece of junk was brought back to life. Below you’ll find the steps I took to do so!
- Klean-Strip Premium Paint Stripper
- Metal putty knife for scraping
- Hand sander with 80, 120, and 220 grit sand paper
- Glidden Diamond semi-gloss paint
- Brush, roller, and paint tray
- Minwax Paste Finishing Wax
The first thing I did with this dresser was take all the drawers out and shop-vac the whole thing. There were leaves, spiders, and tons of dust inside so it needed a heavy clean-up. Once it was all free of bugs and dirt, I started applying the paint stripper. Now, folks, I had no idea what I was going to find under all those layers of peeling paint. Here is a photo during the stripping process:
I learned the hard way during this process that paint stripper should never – I repeat, never – touch bare skin. There were a few times where I accidentally dripped on an arm or a foot and boy did it burn. Be careful with this step, friends! Once applied all over the dresser, the stripper sat for 15 minutes and then I went to work scraping. I repeated this process a couple times in order to get through all the layers of paint, but I eventually discovered the veneer underneath. Any areas of paint that were really stubborn, I went ahead and sanded smooth.
This is how it looked before paint. Not pretty by any means, but the surfaces were smooth. I wiped the whole piece with a damp cloth and vacuumed it to remove any leftover dust.
On the top, there were a few places where the veneer had chipped so I repaired those with wood putty and sanded it smooth.
After one coat of paint, the dresser already looked a lot more fresh. I chose an almost antique-looking off-white called “Mourning Dove” as it gave a classic look while still keeping the piece clean – even with a depressing color name. In total, I put three coats of paint on the dresser. To the inside of the drawers, I applied Minwax Paste Finishing Wax with a cloth to restore the wood from the dull state it was in.
Six knobs later and this baby is finished! It really is a beautiful piece of furniture. Seeing the finished product in comparison to the original that I started with is a huge reason why I love DIY projects as much as I do. It’s a priceless feeling to bring something like this from dust to glory. Hehe, aren’t I so clever? 🙂
But seriously, I love this thing. Once the paint has dried for a few days, it will be finding its home in my bedroom as a TV console. What do you guys think? If you found a piece like this, what would you do with it to make it your own? I’d love to hear thoughts and feedback in the comments below. And as always, if you like projects like this, take a second to subscribe in the bar at the top of the page! I’d love to keep you up to date with my future projects.