DIY Refinished Antique Dresser

Most of these pictures were taken with my point and shoot or my cell phone. Don’t judge me.
I’m going to start this post by shamelessly showing you what our living room looked like BEFORE…. For this, you can judge me 😉 Ever since David and I bought this house (our first) last year I have made my primary focus cosmetic upgrades. I re-painted both our bathrooms, re-did the cabinets in the bathrooms and laundry room, painted the living room, dining room, entry way, staircase, kitchen, and most recently took off all our kitchen cabinets, repainted the doors+drawers+cabinets, and re-installed everything with new hardware. I’m exhausted thinking about it! HA! {PS? I recommend mass quantities of wine for a kitchen overhaul!}

One of my goals for 2013 is to post more DIY tutorials. I am constantly re-doing furniture and love sharing tips!

Anywho. Back to my previously-embarrassing living room. Now that I am finished with a good portion of the cosmetic upgrades I am shifting my focus on turning our house into a home. We are getting married in 10 months {EEEEP!!!!} and I want our sweet little home to feel welcoming…..and not so much like a college dorm.

So here you have it. The embarrassing BEFORE that was our living room for over a year! EYE SORE!

living room before pictureMy amazing $150 Craigslist score!
french provincial antique dresserHere is everything I used to re-do the dresser! This was my first time using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It’s a special kind of paint that bonds to any surface and eliminates the need for sanding and/or priming.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – Pure White
Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax and Annie Sloan Wax Brush (that crazy looking up-right brush!)
Minwax Dark Walnut Stain
Minwax Polycrylic – Clear Satin
Rustoleum Bronze Spray Paint
Purdy sash paint brushes
tack cloths
Elmer’s Wood Filler
The black piece of equipment in the back is an electric orbital sander my Dad let me borrow :::cough::: about a year and a half ago 😉
Other than the Annie Sloan supplies, I already had everything else. I do a LOT of projects and crafting!

painting suppliesThe top of the dresser was pretty beat up and looked rough…. But I knew under all that beat up glossy finish that there was some gorgeous wood!
top of antique dresseraaaaaaand I was right!! SWOON!
{please note the spray paint stains all over our garage floor. poor David had no idea what he was getting himself into when he first told me it was no big deal that I spray painted some things in there! HA!!}
top of antique dresser after sandingAfter getting the top sanded and stained I did a layer of the clear wax and it looked AWFUL. You are supposed to be able to use it on painted OR raw wood as a finish. You can’t tell in this picture but it came out extremely cloudy. After a lot of sanding {and cussing.} I decided to do several {read:5} layers of the polycrylic just on the top for an even finish.
antique dresser without drawersThis is after my first coat of paint and one coat of poly (poly ONLY on the top). I did NO sanding to the body or drawers of the dresser. Only the top.
antique dresser progress picture After several poly coats. LOVE how the dark walnut turned out. I was iffy as I had never used it before!
dark walnut minwax on antique dresserOur new media console!! The boards that you see the surround sound and cable box sitting on were already in the dresser. WINNING!
When I took the handles off the drawers to paint I decided to soak them since they were filthy. That ended up ruining their finish and turning them GREEN. Enter the bronze spray paint!
antique dresser turned media consoleSOOOOO much better!! We decided to move our other TV upstairs and got a new 60″. We ran the cables behind the wall to prevent anymore dorm room resemblances! We are going to run the other cables behind the wall…I was just too impatient and wanted to take a picture so I could blog this 😉
This picture really scales the size down. The dresser is 65″ long!
antique dresser in living room as media console
Now to start re-doing one of our spare rooms…..

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Bev - February 1, 2013 - 10:51 AM

this turned out very nice

Angela Ashcraft - February 1, 2013 - 11:23 AM

This is so beautiful! A lot of hard work looks like it paid off in the end. Nice!

courtney jade - February 1, 2013 - 11:33 AM

LOVE this!! You are so crafty, it’s wonderful!! Can’t wait to see more of your DIY Projects!!!

Judy Rees - February 2, 2013 - 1:47 PM

What an inspiration!

DIY addict - May 13, 2013 - 9:09 AM

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[…] My most recent project and the biggest. I have been looking for a french provincial dresser, specifically with 9 drawers, for quite some time. The ones I have seen around Tulsa are always over $500 and I’m not willing to pay that for something I plan to completely overhaul. This one was listed for almost $300 but she sold it to me for $150. BAM! It doesn’t look very big in this picture, but that’s a 60″ TV mounted over it. The dresser itself is 5′ long. I sanded the hideous gloss off the top, stained it, and did a protective coat over it. Then I removed the absolutely filthy drawer pulls with the intention of washing them but the water ate the finish off them leaving me green hardware. Rubbed oil bronze spray paint to the rescue {again}! My plan, and the reasoning for wanting 9 drawers, was to turn it into a media console. The slats you see the cable box and speakers sitting on were already there when I pulled the drawers out! WIN! I was dreading having to do that myself! I used Annie Sloan paint and wax to paint and protect the piece with. Full post on dresser […]

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