"New" Dresser

Sprucing up furniture has always been an interest of mine.  When I was pretty young, I’m not sure exactly how old but maybe 9 or 10, I built my own nightstand out of my dad’s scrap wood.  And I do mean scrap!  I nailed together a few pieces of plywood and painted designs on it using poster paint.  One summer when I was older I stripped our metal porch chairs and glider of it’s 10 layers of paint and repainted it.  They turned out pretty well, but I don’t think my mom loves them anymore because she’s been trying to sell them…  Now that I have a garage with space, I took my childhood dresser and gave it a new life. 

The before pictures. I believe it is a maple hardwood.  Not really my style anymore.

After!  I removed the hardware, sanded it down until smooth, sprayed primer from a can, sprayed multiple coats of white paint from my spray gun, distressed it, and finally sprayed a few coats of a sealer.

What do you think?  Honest opinions please!  Still at my parents’ house is another dresser, a lower sized dresser with mirror, and a desk.  I think I’m going to remove the outdated mirror top and refinish the lower, wider dresser to match this one.

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  1. Andy says:

    Why’s it look all beat up??? ;)
    Just kidding – it looks even better in person!

  2. Love love love it! It looks like a pro did it! I sooo want to do this to a dresser I have, but my mom might kill me. ;-)

  3. Candice says:

    I was worried about my mom too! She said the furniture is mine, I can do whatever I want with it. (Well, mine and my sister’s, lol.)

  4. marburs says:

    I think it looks great! It brings in the old painting wood debate. But if you look at it before and then after, it looks a ton better painted. You did a great job!

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