The first thing I did when I started the makeover process was take the drawers out so I could begin the prep work. Upon doing so, I realized the bottom drawer’s wood slide was broken. This is honestly an easy DIY fix as well, but the lesson here is to share that often times vintage/used furniture is going to have flaws. Luckily for me, this didn’t really affect the overall performance of the drawer so I wasn’t bothered by it. And for $20 I was still ecstatic about this find!
Next I used a flat head tool to take all the hardware off of the dresser so I could clean it. The hardware came off really easily and I kept the nails to reuse afterward.
After the hardware was off, I used my Black & Decker sander to sand everything down. This makes it easier for the paint to adhere to the wood. As you can see, before this dresser was painted green it had a rainbow color scheme which is semi sui generis and semi obnoxious. With all of the dark colors being used on this dresser set, I knew it would need multiple coats of paint.
I thought about painting the dresser every color from a dark grey to pale pink because it would have added so much character to it, but ultimately I went with Behr’s Ultra Pure White because 1) it was the color we had painted our bedroom so I still had a lot of extra paint leftover and 2) because our room is quite small, I wanted the dresser to visually blend in with the walls to make the room more spacious. After wiping everything down, it was time to paint!
Luckily for me, it was a beautiful day out and everything dried outside pretty quickly. I used a 3″ roller to paint everything and ended up using 3 coats of paint. Alas, the finish product….
I love how this project turned out! Its perfect for all of my undergarments and t-shirts which had previously been ransacked and heaved into disarrayed gobs on the floor of my bedroom by an unknown culprit! Tommy finds it peculiar that this culprit only targets my closet and not his, but I can only say that I am a victim and nothing else! P.S. The baroque mirror is a Goodwill find I bought for $7!