Refurbished dresser into a french country dresser

I’m so excited to share this project! This little dresser turned out adorable (if I do say so myself)!
I found it at one of my favorite thrift stores, it was a perfect size, had great drawers, and was only $34.99 – SOLD!

Here are the steps I took to transform it. If I can do it, YOU can do it!
Step #1: Strip the top down to original wood. I used Bar Paint Stripper. Spray stripper on dresser top (follow safety directions on can) and allow to sit for 15 minutes. The layers on top will bubble up; gently scrape it off and then sand the top by hand to make sure it’s smooth and all the access is off. (I’ll come back to the top in a bit!)

Step #2: Prime the dresser and drawers with Kilz Spray Primer – my BFF. Before spraying, I covered the top with an old sheet and taped off the edges to prevent the primer from over-spraying on top.

Step #3: Spray Paint drawers with Rust-Oleum Strawflower (2 coats).

Step #4: Spray paint dresser with Rust-Oleum Blossom White (2 coats).

Step #5: Distress drawers, dresser and knobs using 3M 80 grit sandpaper.

Step #6: Add a french graphic to top of the dresser.
I used the Easy Transfer Method #1 (and graphic) from The Graphics Fairy (follow the link for complete instructions). I traced the graphic using a white Elmers Paint Marker. After completely drying, lightly sand to give a faded look.

Step #7: Protect the top of the dresser using Minwax Polyurethane.
Not only does it seal the top, but it adds a nice shine too!

{After Dresser}

I love to see a good side by side!

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