This project has been a LONG time in coming, but I can finally share it with you – my first ever furniture makeover! We had plans to do this back in September with a hand-me-down dresser, but ended up not getting the dresser we thought we were getting…so it was back to the drawing board. After scouring Craigslist for weeks, we ended up finding a dresser we liked at a local used furniture store, but of course it sat in the garage for a month after we bought it. Finally, in early November, we got around to painting it…but then, some of the drawers needed repairs and we needed to find new drawer hardware. I think the whole thing was finished around Thanksgiving, but of course with the craziness of the holidays and preparations for a baby, the “big reveal” got delayed until now! But I am excited to bring you this amazing transformation of a second hand dresser, turned into a beautiful piece of furniture worthy of our little princess’s “big girl room!”
I’m no furniture makeover expert, but I will walk you through our dresser’s transformation! You can see in the photo above that it had good “bones” – mostly solid wood, with some detailing along the top of the dresser and the attached mirror. We used Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint and Creme Wax, and it was SO easy to work with. I actually wanted a more medium shade of gray than they have, so I mixed a light gray (“yesteryear”) with a dark gray (“relic”) and ended up with just what I was looking for.
To ensure an even mix of the colors, my husband used this drill attachment on his drill to mix the paint in a separate container.
There were a few scratches and gouges in the top of the dresser that my husband filled and sanded before painting, and after a coat of paint you’d never know they were there! That’s the beauty of painting secondhand furniture.
I don’t have any great “in-progress” photos, so you’ll just have to believe me when I tell you it was super easy! I did two coats of gray chalk paint, then followed the instructions on the DecoArt website to apply a layer of Creme Wax on top. The wax really brought out the depth of color that I was hoping for. I just love how it turned out!
The pink mirror was actually a bit of an afterthought…originally it was going to be gray like the dresser, but I decided I wanted something to add a bit more color, so I used the chalky paint shade called “Promise” to paint the mirror, along with a coat of creme wax. Isn’t it pretty?
The finishing touch to give it a bit of “glam” were these terrific pink acrylic knobs from D. Lawless Hardware. I think they’re my favorite part of the project!! I love the little bit of class and sparkle they bring to the room.
I had a hard time picking which knobs I wanted from the big selection at D. Lawless, but ultimately these were the right choice. And they arrived at my door step only a few days after I placed my order!
Addy has been moved into her “big girl room” for over a month now, and absolutely loves it! If you missed the sneak peek of the reading corner of the room, make sure you check it out. I still have a few finishing touches I need to get to (mostly some more things to hang on the walls) but you’ll be seeing bits and pieces of it revealed in the coming weeks…including a DIY pink crystal chandelier, cheap bookshelf makeover, and more!
I’ve teamed up with the great folks over at D. Lawless Hardware for a terrific giveaway…a $50 Gift Card for not one, but TWO lucky winners! A big thanks to D. Lawless for sponsoring this giveaway. Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below by 11:59 pm on Friday, January 30. Good luck!
Have you ever attempted a furniture makeover? Or do you have one on your to-do list? After this success, I’d love to try another one soon!