Do you have an old piece of furniture that needs an update to fit in with your current decor? Gloria and Georges refurbished an old dresser to go with their farmhouse styled home and it looks great now!
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I enjoyed getting picture updates on this project as Georges and Gloria worked to complete it. It turned out great and is a perfect fit for one of their guest bedrooms.
How to Refurbish an Old Dresser With Paint and a New Top
Supplies Used to refurbish an old dresser
- Old Dresser
- Lint Free Cloths
- 3 2X6 Wood Boards
- Miter Saw (LInked at Bottom of Post)
- Palm Sander (Linked at Bottom of Post)
- White Paint.
- Minwax White Wash Stain
- Minwax Classic Gray Stain
- Polycrylic Clear Matte Protective Finish
- Measuring Tape
- Drawer Pulls
- Wood Glue
- Paint Rollers (3 foam rollers) and Tray
Not long after Gloria and Georges moved into their new home, a neighbor was having a moving sale. They spotted this old dresser that was obviously well used and saw the potential it had to be used in their guest bedroom. After cleaning it with TSP, it was time to remove the top. Once the drawers were out, Georges unscrewed the top and then pried the top away from the wood glue holding it in place. He saved the screws to re-use when it was put back together.
After removing the hardware, the drawers were primed with Kilz Original Oil Based Primer and then painted with Behr Ultra Pure White Premium Plus. That’s the same paint and process I used for the small table and chairs makeover I did for them. Gloria used a foam roller to apply the primer and another one for the paint. After the drawers and the sides of the dresser were dry, two coats of Polycrylic were applied.
I’m not sure why they took the drawers into the house, and it looks like doggie George was curious, too.
If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen this photo I shared of Gloria learning how to use some power tools. With some instructions from Georges, she cut three 2×6″ boards to the correct length to fit the dresser.
Once the boards were cut to size, Georges used his palm sander to smooth them out.
The boards were placed on the top of the dresser to make sure that they had the right fit. Once that was done, it was time to choose a stain for them.
Trying out different stains on some scrap wood before committing to one for the project piece is a good way to get a good look at what you like or don’t like.
Staining the boards for the top of refurbished dresser
- Make sure the boards are free of dust
- Using a lint free cloth, saturate the wood with Minwax Classic Gray Stain (See Link at Bottom of Post)
- Leave the stain on for three minutes
- Wipe away excess stain with lint free cloth
- Repeat that process once more
- Using a second lint free cloth, saturate the wood with Minwax Whitewash Stain (See Link at Bottom of Post)
- Wipe away excess
- Allow to dry
- Apply multiple coats of Polycrylic Protective Finish
The boards were attached to the top of the dresser with Gorilla Wood Glue.
The screws that had been removed earlier were re-used.
The process does take a while because of careful priming, painting, staining, and adding protective finish, but the result is a beautiful piece of furniture that is sure to hold up to use over time.
The final step was to add new drawer pulls to the dresser.
It looks nothing like it did when they bought it at the moving sale! It’s just right for their farmhouse styled guest bedroom.
Gloria has styled it with a vintage dish from her grandmother, along with a painted thrift store tray, a candle, and a floral arrangement.
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How to Refurbish an Old Dresser
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