Sometimes I find a fabulous deal at a rummage sale and just have to bring it home even though I have no idea at the time where I will use the piece of furniture or how I will refinish it. This is exactly what happened with this mid-century styled dresser I found for only $20.
$20 Rummage Sale Makeover
The dresser was a little wonky and was missing the back piece but for that price I knew I could easily find a replacement for the back and remake this dresser in to something new and fabulous. I just didn’t know exactly how at the time. The reality was that it just went to our own garage to wait for me to get around to it.
Here are a couple of before photos of the dresser.
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$20 Rummage Sale Dresser Makeover
For this project you will need:
The dresser has a thin layer of veneer and not solid wood so I was unable to do a lot of sanding away of the original finish. Instead I just sanded it down enough to give the primer something to stick to using first the 120 grit sandpaper and then a second time with the 220 grit sandpaper.
For the outer surfaces of the dresser I used Behr Moon Rise in semi-gloss (this was leftover white paint from my office update) and then the drawer fronts are painted in Valspar Mediterranean Caramel in Satin.
After applying two coats of primer, I applied three coats of the Valspar Mediterranean Carmel and three coats of the Polyacrylic finish in Satin.
I loved the look of the old brassy handles for the dresser and really didn’t want to change those out so I used them without any changes to the finish. This dresser has now found a permanent home in my daughter’s bedroom.
“Without wise leadership, a nation falls; with many counselors, there is safety.” Proverbs 11: 14