Solid oak dresser transformation

Last summer, I came across this solid oak dresser on Kijiji. It was only $25 and it looked to be in good condition, so I quickly messaged the lady that was selling the dresser that I was interested, and two hours later it was mine.

Here is the before picture of the dresser from the ad on Kijiji. It is not a great picture, but it should give you an idea what I was working with. I had a plan to paint the body of the dresser a creamy-grey colour with a dark stained top.


And now I give you the after…

What a difference adding paint and stain can make! This dresser was first painted in two coats of dark grey primer. Then I made a white-wash mixture with cream paint and a little bit of water and painted the base of the dresser, rubbing off the paint in spots as it dried with a downward sweeping motion. This aging technique covered up the majority of the oak wood grain with some of the gray primer and just a hint of texture showing through.

I stained the top of the dresser with a dark walnut gel stain. I really love the way it turned out!

Finally, the dresser was then given a distressed finish, allowing the dark gray primer to show through and many layers of clear coat were applied for protection.

The original hardware on the dresser was a little chunky for the look I was going for. I wanted something a little more feminine and with a bit of a design. I purchased new knobs and ring pulls from Lee Valley. They only came in a aged brass finish so I set out to paint them so they would contrast nicely with the dresser finish.

After priming the hardware with black metal primer, I painted them with a couple of thin coats of Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. Then to give them a bit more definition, I lightly applied AMACO Rub ‘n Buff Wax Metallic Finish, Spanish Copper, 0.05-Fluid Ounce to the raised areas. When the hardware was good and dry, I then sprayed two coats of clear coat over top of the hardware for durability.

They have so much richness now with a touch of glitz.

I am really happy the way that this little dresser turned out. It provides a lot of storage space and I love that it is a versatile piece of furniture that I could see myself using almost anywhere in my house.

The antique chair to the right of the dresser is also one of my thrifty finds. I haven’t decided yet if I will be reupholstering or slip covering it to have it tie in more with my decor.

The accessories on top of the dresser are a sneak peak for my next post. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and long weekend if you are from Canada.

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