DIY – Dresser Makeover

Dresser Makeover #DIY

I unplugged for the entire weekend, and it was much, much needed.  The sunny 70 degree days are BACK! (unapologetically bragging right now)  I took advantage of the gorgeous weather, got outside and finished some projects that had been on my list for the last two years a while.

This Dresser.  Oh what can I say about it…dull, flat out ugly at times, dark, looming.  Does that about cover it?  It was incredibly functional, and free which is the biggest bonus ever but man, it was bringing me down.

Dresser Makeover #DIY

But look at it now!  It just needed a little love.  I told my guy I feel like I released it’s spirit animal.  You know how people carve those huge tree trunks into bears, or other..sculpture-y things.  It’s like this pretty, modern dresser was always there just waiting to get out.

It was incredibly easy too!  A quick sanding on all the surfaces (wear a mask!), a little glue and hammering was all it took for a fresh look.  I left the top as it originally was but here’s what I used for the rest:

Valspar Ultra Flat White 391609 (Paint + Primer in one, Interior)

Valspar Ultra Satin White 45250 (Paint + Primer in one, Exterior*)

Brainerd 3 inch Satin Nickel Circus Pull

Aqua Bubble Glass Knobs (World Market)

*Quick story behind the paint…I bought the flat white, did a coat of it and didn’t like how it looked.  After rummaging around the garage, I found the same Valspar paint in Satin white and used that, it worked like a dream.  Only realized later it was exterior paint we had leftover from building our screen door.  Oops.  Well it was Low VOC and No Odor…and …. well paint is paint right?  I’m not worried about it.  But if you’re into that whole interior/exterior thing, you might want to pick up the interior satin instead.

This was every step of the way.  From Watson sitting out in the front yard while I worked in the garage, we both just soaked up the sunshine, to going to pick out the hardware, all the painting and sanding, imagining how it might turn out.  And I’m so proud of the way it turned out!  Can I say that?  It lightened up our bedroom, and every time I walk pass it I just smile.  I think I’m hooked.  I already have my eye on an old desk…I’m sure it has an inner spirit animal dying to come out ;)


Disclaimer:  Not sponsored at all, just a fun weekend project.  Roger that.


  1. says

    wow! You made that dresser come alive. It looks like amazing! Standing there filled with its own pride… pretty much feeling just how gorgeous it is !!! And love the hardware… great combo.
    And love that little girl in the photo up on top…swinging through the air …. woohoooo!

  2. Crystal G says

    Lovely! You should try chalk paint next time if you haven’t already. I just re-did a crib with it and it’s awesome. Plus no sanding or priming! I used Annie Sloan’s chalk paint (her colors are fantastic!) but you can even DIY the chalk paint. Anyway, the texture and look it gave the crib sold me on it. Now I keep eyeing my next project I want to do….

    • says

      You read my mind!! I came across Annie Sloan’s on someone’s DIY blog and have been trying to find a local retailer, I think the closest is Alabama. You just sold me on it, now I need to get my hands on a can!

  3. says

    the dresser looks soooo good Abby! I love it so much!! I have two dressers that definitely need a makeover – I’m so inspired to do something with them now!