I always say you get what you get, and you don’t pitch a fit. Well, I had to eat those words the day I drove 45 minutes to get this JANKY dresser after purchasing it on Facebook Market Place. I was looking for a dresser redo project, but this was more like a roadside kill. DOA
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The SHOCKING Before & After Of The Dresser Redo
There were too many things wrong with this whole deal, but I could tell the woman that sold it to me needed the money, so I did the right thing and loaded it up with full intentions of trashing it when I got home. I was shocked at how someone could think it was okay to sell something in this bad condition. I’m not even telling you how much I paid.
Instead, I hauled it to my studio (because hubby wouldn’t allow it in his garage), and it sat outside for six months! And guess what? Six months didn’t help it one bit. LOL
- White Lightning (powerful degreaser – removes dirt and grime from wood furniture before painting)
- SurfPrep Sanding System
- BOSS stain blocker
- Butter Cream chalk mineral paint
- Pine Cone chalk mineral paint
- Art Brush Set
- Mini Angle Brush
Repairs – Before The Dresser Redo
Here’s a list of the repairs that happened before I could even think about giving it a well-deserved dresser redo with chalk paint.
- repair all broken joints on the dresser drawers
- repair broken slides
- bondo repair (wood damage)
- remove all veneer on both sides (water damage)
- built a shelf for missing drawer
- rebuilt a new wood top (the old top was particle board and had water damage)
Oh, and did I mention? The dresser had mismatched drawers. That’s one of the reasons it sat for six months. Getting those drawers to slide well was quite the task.
How To Make Wood Drawers Slide Easily
The drawers were the worst I’ve seen, and I had to dig deep to convince myself this was going to work.
The dresser redo would be a big fail without wood drawers that slide easily. And honestly, I didn’t think it would ever come to fruition.
After repairing the broken doors (all but one), I sanded all the wood drawer slides and then used paste wax to make them slide like butta. It hasn’t failed me yet. CLICK HERE to learn more about repairing sticky drawers.
Got an old wood dresser drawer that doesn’t slide well? Try this! Almost 99% of the time, this works!
Mismatched Dresser Drawer Redo
All the drawers were solid wood except two, and one was beyond repair. It had a plastic facing over particleboard. Yikes! If this were going to work, I would have to paint it to match the other wood drawers. But I didn’t want to paint those beautiful wood drawers. Removing a finish is hard work, and after all that, I’m not about to cover it up with paint. Or will I?
I was still unsure of the dresser redo phase, but I had a plan.
Chosing The Paint For The Dresser Redo
I decided to go with chalk mineral paint in the color Butter Cream. It’s a beautiful neutral shade and more straightforward than trying to figure out a color combo at this point. I needed easy. All my brain waves were used up on the repairs.
I used the same color to make a color wash (whitewash) that would hopefully tie in the mismatched dresser drawers.
Making a color wash is simple. The recipe is a 1:1 mixture of chalk mineral paint and water. It’s a watery paint that is transparent when applied over raw wood. Apply it with a good quality synthetic paintbrush and wipe it back with a soft cloth.
It was the perfect background for what happened next. It’s called doodling. Do is doodling on furniture. LOL
Doodle Art – Dresser Redo
I came up with a plan based on the hardware pulls. The original pulls had a floral design, so I followed where that led me.
Then I thought about hand-painting a design instead of transfers or decoupage paper. It would be quick and easy. I could doodle a flowing trail of flowers across the dresser with a simple design. So, that’s what I did.
The complete video tutorial is available in The Art Of Painting Furniture Library. To learn more about doodling on furniture. CLICK HERE to learn how to join me.
The SHOCKING after – Dresser Redo
I’m still shocked at this dresser redo! This one goes down in the Do Dodson Designs book of I didn’t believe it was possible. LOL, even Mr. Honey Do was surprised when I called him to the studio to help me carry it inside for staging and photos.
That’s when I knew I needed to tell this before and after story. Here’s to new beginnings!
Happy New Year, everyone!
Until the next project… xo, Do