Painted Dresser Restored From Boring To Beautiful

When we moved to West Virginia, we were starting over completely. We found cheap (like this $10 Dining Room Buffet or this $10 Old Sewing Table), sometimes even free (like this Curbside Rescue) furniture pieces to get us started. When a friend of ours asked us if we wanted this dresser, I couldn’t refuse, since we didn’t have anything to put our clothes in. I knew it would need a complete makeover eventually. The piece was solid and sturdy, it had lots of potential. It only took me two years, but I finally did it! I gave it a beautiful makeover! This ladies and gentlemen is how a Painted Dresser Was Restored From Boring to Beautiful! 

When we got this dresser for free, it needed lots of TLC. Take a look at how this Painted Dresser was restored from boring to beautiful.

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I am super excited to share this post with you today! This post has been graciously sponsored by Vintage Market & Design. Vintage Market & Design has supplied us with their wonderful products for the purpose of this post. All opinions and feedback is 100% our own.

I have also collaborated with a fantastic group of incredible bloggers for this project. Be sure to check out each of their projects using Vintage Market & Design products. You can find their links at the bottom of this post. 

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When we got this dresser for free, it needed lots of TLC. Take a look at how this Painted Dresser was restored from boring to beautiful.

As I mentioned above, we have had this dresser for a few years in its ugly, boring and damaged state. Once I received the VM&D paint in the mail, I knew right away I wanted to restore this piece. At first, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to paint the whole thing white with blue accents or blue with white accents. After debating in my brain for a while, I decided to go with a Capri Blue base, with Antique White dry brush technique. The solid antique white top makes the gorgeous blue pop and lets all of the accessories shine. Once I had a plan in mind, it was time to go to work.

When we got this dresser for free, it needed lots of TLC. Take a look at how this Painted Dresser was restored from boring to beautiful.

The damage on the top of the dresser was pretty bad. With VM&D furniture paint, no sanding is needed, the paint is even self-leveling. How great is that!? Taking all of that into consideration, I did decide to lightly sand the really rough areas. I just used a hand sander with medium grit sandpaper to take off some of the rough edges. Once it was sanded, I cleaned the whole thing from top to bottom with mild dish soap and hot water.

When we got this dresser for free, it needed lots of TLC. Take a look at how this Painted Dresser was restored from boring to beautiful.

After just ONE coat of Capri Blue, I could already see how lovely this was going to be. The paint went on like a dream. I used it just as it came, no need to water it down. The thick creamy chalk like paint went on great and spread easily along the damaged wood. I did apply a second coat just to be sure none of the damage or old “wood” was showing through.

As much as I LOVE this Capri Blue, it needed a little softening up for the bedroom.

When we got this dresser for free, it needed lots of TLC. Take a look at how this Painted Dresser was restored from boring to beautiful.

Using a dry brush technique, I gave the entire piece a light swipe with a 2 inch Natural Bristle Paint Brush (also available on VintageMarketandDesign.com ). Making sure to go a bit heavier on the edges and along the cuts in the wood to add some lightness.

Dry Brushing Tips - Start with a completely dry brush. Dip just the ends of the bristles into your paint, then wipe off 90% of it onto a paper towel. Use the lid of your paint instead of the can, this way you are still grabbing the paint, but there is no chance of the brush falling into the can and picking up way to much paint.

Dry Brushing Tips – 

  1. Start with a completely dry brush.
  2. Dip just the ends of the bristles into your paint, then wipe off 90% of it onto a paper towel.
  3. Use the lid of your paint instead of the can, this way you are still grabbing the paint, but there is no chance of the brush falling into the can and picking up way to much paint.

When we got this dresser for free, it needed lots of TLC. Take a look at how this Painted Dresser was restored from boring to beautiful.

Once the entire piece was dry, I gave it a generous coat of VM&D Clear Coat Sealer for protection. We use this dresser every day, and let’s face it, by the end of the week it will see my jewelry, books, cell phones etc .. I want to make sure this stunning finish lasts a lifetime.

Stunning Brushed Silver Hardware from DLawless.com adds the perfect touch to this restored piece!

After adding the stunning hardware I received from D Lawless Hardware, this piece was complete and in my eyes perfect. It added just the right amount of color to the room, and I think it just feels happy! Something about this color blue reminds me of home (Massachusetts girl here!). The color of the ocean, or a tropical getaway.


I hope you enjoyed reading about this Painted Dresser Restoration as much as I enjoyed creating it. As promised above, there are 5 more gorgeous pieces created by 5 of the most talented bloggers I know. Be sure to stop by each of their blogs to check out each of their projects.

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