Dresser Makeover Across the Blvd Gloria had been on the hunt for a large dresser for a while now. She spotted one recently at one of our favorite stores, Charleston Attic Mall. If you’re ever in Charleston, it’s a great place to visit to just browse or find great prices on lots of used furniture, collectibles and unique items. She knew what style she wanted and she was happy to find one in that style. It was the wrong color and in need of some minor repairs, but that just meant that it would be a great project!

I think what really sold her on this piece was the scallop at the bottom. It is pretty and with all those drawers, it will give her the storage she needs. It’s sturdy and well built. But, the white paint and brass knobs are not her style at all.

White Dresser Before Makeover

When I pulled the drawers out, I discovered that several of the metal tracks were a little out of whack. I showed them to my husband and asked for advice on how to fix them. That’s a good way of asking for a little help! He removed them and all they needed were some new screws to have them fit snugly in place.

I removed all the hardware and cleaned up the longer pulls with Bar Keeper’s Friend. That works great to polish brass.  Gloria chose to keep those since  she has a lot of gold accent pieces in her bedroom. The brass knobs were set aside, maybe to be repurposed for something later. Gloria found Geo Mineral Knobs from World Market that she loves. They give the piece a unique look. Isn’t this pretty? She selected five of them that are all just a bit different while having the same coloring.

Geo Mineral Knob

The top of the dresser was in need of some repairing. The last coat of paint it got covered lots of bubbles and dents. 

top of dresser

It was quite a mess!

top of dresser

The very first step was to try to smooth out the top of the dresser. I used my palm sander to remove the paint and to sand it down to a smooth surface to paint. It took about 30 minutes to get rid of all of those bubbles.
Gloria chose Espresso Beans from Behr in satin as the paint color. It has a nice, dark, rich look to it and matches her other bedroom furniture nicely. It’s paint and primer in one, so I got busy painting. 

The coverage was great and after one coat, the dresser was looking so much better. I allowed it to dry overnight and gave it a second coat the next day.

top of dresser after sanding and painting

The dresser had two key hole pieces attached to it. I used spray paint to change them to gold. 

key hole

I let it dry overnight again and then gave it two coats of Miniwax Polycrylic Protective Finish. I made sure to avoid brushing it on too thickly. I let the first coat dry for about three hours and it was ready for a second coat.

After the hardware was reattached and the drawers put back in place, the dresser was ready for its trip to Gloria’s place.

Dresser Makeover Across the Blvd

She styled it using some gold accent pieces.

Dresser Makeover in Espresso Across the Blvd

The new look for the dresser gives it an updated look that is much more Gloria’s style. She loves it and I’m happy that it turned out the way she wanted it.

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40 Comments on Dresser Makeover in Espresso

    • Thanks so much, Karren! It was a pretty easy piece to work with. You’re right, there are so many great products to use that make furniture makeovers so much easier than they once were. Thanks for hosting. I always enjoy your party!

    • Getting rid of the bumps was a chore, but it didn’t take too long. Gloria was the decision maker about the dresser, but she enlisted me for the work! 🙂 Thanks for the party and for stopping by, Pili.

    • Thank you, Laurie. We were both really happy with how it turned out. Using the palm sander makes it so easy. Those knobs are pretty great. Gloria was happy when she found them. She had seen some on line that were similar at Anthropologie and they were triple the price of these at World Market. Thanks so much for sharing!

  1. You’ve done a gorgeous job on this dresser! I love that you gave such clear instructions and showed everyone how to work through the issues that could be encountered!

    Thanks so much for linking it to us at Throwback Thursday; we’re looking forward to seeing what you’ll have for us next week and we’ll be pinning to our Throwback Thursday board, too!

    Mollie
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    • Aren’t those great? Gloria was so happy when she found them. Making over a baby grand piano sounds like a major job! Thanks for hosting a great party, Marilyn.

    • Thank you so much, Wendy! There is something very satisfying about taking an old piece and giving it new life. It can be frustrating at times and I learn a little with each piece. I knew he could take care of the tracks in half the time it would have taken me! Asking for his advice is a great way to encourage him to help out!

  2. Loved it!! Your amazing post has been Pinned,Tweeted and shared on Facebook! I’ll be featuring it this week on the Friday Favorites Link Party at Mustlovehome.com. Come by the party to see your feature and share what you have been working on this week! The doors open at 7PM every Thursday. Hugs – Christine at Must Love Home
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