Dresser Makeover

About a month ago I was taking the trash out and saw this awesome dresser sitting outside by the street. I immediately ran inside to get Paul to ‘come and look at something with me’ (knowing he was going to end up helping me carry it back to the house)

IMG_0002The dresser looked pretty decent on the whole, just needed some cleaning and new drawer bottoms..IMG_0004

Even though the blue was an awesome color, it was faded and chipping off in places (and I have a yellow sewing desk – as a Buckeye it just didn’t seem right to have Michigan colored furniture). We used paint thinner to help take off some of the paint, after a few minutes it started to look like this..IMG_0006It looks like this isn’t the first time someone has given the dresser new life. As we scrapped off the blue, we found a lovely layer of red paint..IMG_0008Paul sanded the rest of the paint off while I scrapped the drawers..IMG_0011A half gallon of paint thinner, and 9 sanding pads later..IMG_0015

One layer of paint down..IMG_0019 We decided to wood stain just the top..IMG_0032

Remember those nasty drawers?


The finished product..IMG_0028Originally this was going to hold my crafting supplies, but after talking it over we decided it would work well in the living room.



  1. Tranae March 24, 2014

    This is so nice. You did a wonderful job. Just a tip, Klean-Strip Paint Stripper works really well and very quickly (less than 30 mins). I use it all the time.

  2. Francesca February 21, 2014

    Wow! You are amazing. I look forward to following you 🙂 -xo-

  3. myclosetnbeautyfinds July 31, 2013

    i've got to do this! so cool!

  4. ohivory July 30, 2013

    What a lovely project! I love the finished product! I've seen a dresser out in the neighborhood and also been tempted to do a bit of renovation on it lol. Your post just motivated me to give it a shot.


  5. Iva July 29, 2013

    that's exactly the kind of dresser that are gorgeous and so difficult to buy nowadays. Solid, simple and elegant, I would also put as many efforts as needed to restore such treasure!

  6. HomeforNow July 27, 2013

    Incredible! Doesnt even look like the same piece of furniture!

  7. diaryofamadmama July 26, 2013

    Wow! Great job! 🙂

  8. Inge July 26, 2013

    Wow, you did such a great job with this project!

  9. jackietara July 26, 2013

    I might be refinishing my bedroom dresser soon, so this is super helpful!

    • buttonsandbirdcages July 26, 2013

      Awesome! You definitely should – its rewarding at the end, and its actually a surprisingly fun process as well!


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