Thursday, January 3, 2013

The ugly dresser

Another dresser re-do! This little number was such an ugly duckling before. It had a heavy coat of the ugliest shade of pink when I got it.. No wonder why no one wanted it. but when I was offered to buy it 90% off the regular price it had....I couldn't say no! 

So here she is... The before! She was very dusty and old! and the drawers were lined with newspaper dated back to the 40's... house listings!

 Since the dresser had a very thick coat of pink, i had to strip the whole thing. It was not easy. I applied stripping gel, let it sit for about ten minutes and then got to work!
After 2 days of scrapping.. And sanding..
She looked like this.( If you can tell, I already stained the top and painted half the body.)

and I finally found use for the original knobs from the dresser I redid here.

And finally the after!

The body is painted a custom light grey color and the drawers are stained dark walnut/jacobean along with the top. I finished the drawers and top with a semi-gloss poly. and the knobs i decided to paint them white finished with dark wax.

Not a bad makeover in my opinion. She looks totally different and is ready for a new home!

Priced at $200.

Thanks for looking!

ps. I know I gotta work on staging the pieces better.


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  1. Hi, Patty

    This is a lovely piece and it turned out beautiful! I loved looking around your lovely blog and I am a new follower. I found your blog from Sumo Link party. Love for you to stop by

    Have a great week.


  2. WOW!! You did a beautiful job on this dresser! I can't believe that before picture is the same dresser! I LOVE the stained wood paired with that gorgeous paint color! Beautiful!

    1. Hello Allison,
      Your comment is greatly appreciated! And thank you for the complement. I thought the stained drawers with the painted body will fit this type of dresser well and make the dresser look totally different. The outcome is fantastic!


  3. I've removed stain before, and it is no fun even with the stripping gel. What a transformation though! Thanks for linking it up at The Better Half.

    1. I know especially when it gets on your skin it hurts but it is sure much faster than sanding it by hand. I think it looks totally different. Way better than how it looked before. Your welcome! I'll be sure to make it a habit every time I finish a project.


  4. Just found your blog through Shabby Creek Cottage and I totally love this dresser! My son's dresser at the cottage needs refinishing and I want to do the same thing so thanks for the inspiration and I'm now following you to see what else you can inspire me with (no pressure or anything ;-)

  5. The stain came out absolutely beautiful! Did you know there was such nice wood underneath, or did you just take a chance? Either way, Love it!

  6. Gorgeous! Love the stain and paint contrast!!

    Jenna @

  7. Wow that dresser sure was ugly before, What a dramatic transformation. I love that stain color.

  8. I am going to do this to my husband's dresser, so I've been pinning all the two-toned dressers I see. I love it - pinned!

  9. This is so lovely, i love the way you left the drawers and top wood. It looks fantastic!