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How to Make An Amazing Dresser Transformation

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Some projects I have no reason to buy. I probably have too many pieces of furniture in my house anyways but when I find a piece that calls my name how can I say no?! In hindsight it would probably help if I stop going to flea markets when I don’t have room for things but I digress. I found this beauty at a flea market for the cheap so I couldn’t say no. But it was in pretty rough shape.

Dresser transformation before photo

This piece has some type of weird finish on it that caused it to have lots of cracks on the stain. I thought that made the dresser look cool. The bones were good but would have been difficult to strip and re-stain so I decide to distress this piece with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Dresser Transformation

I painted the entire thing with Old White then I went back and added the clear wax and dark wax. (For a tutorial on how to do this check out the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint website. It’s great and will show you exactly how to use it). I loved how the dark wax turned out on the side and formed into the creases.

Annie Sloan Dresser Transformation

Finished top of dresser transformation

I was able to salvage the hardware and used a metal polisher I had on hand.

hardware for Dresser Transformation

The bottom on the lower two drawers were cracked so we cut out a new bottom. We then glued and slid them into place.

Dresser Transformation drawer

As a bonus a friend was looking to get rid of an old TV console. I never say no to free furniture.

dresser transformation tv stand before

We attached a new back to the console and replaced and secured a new shelf in the middle. I had some extra nobs laying around from another project so I replaced those and got new hinges. I used the same Old White Annie Sloan Chalk paint as the dresser to make a matching set.

Here you can see the difference between just using chalk pain on the bottom shelves and then adding the clear and dark wax on the top shelf.

dresser transformation tv stand painted

I was pretty happy with how both pieces turned out!

dresser transformation finished tv stand

I ended up also selling these pieces but I loved how they looked when they were in our guest room.

Dresser Transformation after

Dresser Transformation cover

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easy diy dresser transformation - Splendry

Originally published August 29, 2016

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Thursday 5th of October 2017

Oh wow, this looks amazing! I love when a piece of furniture can be transformed like this. It is a great way to decorate your home with quality pieces without spending a ton of money. Chalk paint is amazing to use on furniture!

lorrin sell | photographer of wild things

Tuesday 30th of August 2016

these look great!! you did an awesome job making these look completely different.


Monday 29th of August 2016

What pretty make overs! I love the rustic feel that you gave both of the pieces. Great work.

- Cait |


Monday 29th of August 2016

What an awesome transformation. They turned out beautifully!

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