Hey everyone!!  I hope your weekend has been fabulous!  Im sad thats it almost over – but, i have some fun stuff in the shop this week and im kinda excited to get back to work in the shop tomorrow – man, i LOVE my job!!!

I have a quick before & after that i found while going through my pics today – and it was a big change so i thought i would share it with ya.  It started as a classic 70’s style dresser…beauty eh’ ???

One thing i def didnt like was the hardware that was on the drawers.  I totally forgot to take pics of what i did, but i removed the hardware and then put a small strip of thin wood down the center and then caulked the seems.  In the after pics you can see that it looks as of there was never hardware there – it gave it a nice seamless look.

Also – i chucked those nasty cabinet doors – wasnt feelin those!

I also had to take off the top and replace it with a new one.  The top was in bad shape and it was laminate.  So i put a new piece of wood on top with some simple trim around the edges to give it a finished look – again no before pic of that – sorry!

I also added some base molding around the bottom to update the dresser and make it look a little more substantial – again no “in progress work” of that either – man, im not doin good on pics here!!  And a piece of molding was added to the middle shelf.

Well, its a good thing it painted up all pretty because the before pics make it look pretty sad!

Here you can see where the hardware holes were covered – looks pretty good huh?!

I really liked the molding around all the drawers – it gave it a traditional feel

Here you can see a close up of the trim that was added around the base

I think this dresser came a long way from what it was!  It turned out pretty good if i say so myself!

The 411

Primer – because some of the pieces were laminate (the sides of the dresser) i used SW adhesion primer 1st and then a coat of SW multi purpose primer tinted dark brown

Paint – SW Gris

Glaze – Minwax stain in Ebony.  I put on straight stain and then wiped it off, for another glazing technique see this post

Clear coat – SW Wood Classics in a gloss finish

Hardware – Hobby Lobby

Distressing Technique – See this post (i used the cabinet scrapers on this one)

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To see more dressers turned TV consoles, see

this post

this post

&

this post

15 replies
  1. Beth~ncmarinewife
    Beth~ncmarinewife says:

    You TRULY are the “furniture’ whisperer”! The transformation that a piece of furniture goes through for you to make it look…just….WOW! Just curious, how long did it take for you to give this one a complete facelift? Thanks for sharing! Again, WOW!!! Beth

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  2. SailingSimply
    SailingSimply says:

    That is a beautiful transformation! OMG! I love it. I especially loved hearing about what you used to paint over laminate. I am writing that down. I’ve passed over so many pieces I’ve wanted to paint because they had a laminate wood finish. Thank you so much!

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  3. Deb Owen
    Deb Owen says:

    That is a whole new life for that dresser! Amazing transformation from top to bottom! I love all the attention to the details you show us. It makes me think more when I approach a piece of furniture to redo!

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  4. Julie
    Julie says:

    Simply amazing! I would have passed this over in a heartbeat, but I may look twice from now on – you are so inspired!

    Thanks for sharing.

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