Sunday, October 21, 2012

Dresser Redo

I've just about wrapped up our oldest son's room redo but before I blog about it, I wanted to blog about a few pieces that I worked on for the room.  The first thing was the upholstered headboard that I put together last week.  Next up is this dresser that was included in a truckload of things hubby bought at an auction.

It was a solid wood piece and in great condition, just needed a paint job and new hardware.  What I had in mind for the dresser was a very distressed, green, hand rubbed aged look.  So the first thing I did was paint it the same color that I painted our french door in the kitchen, which is called Spanish Green by Valspar.

After it dried completely, I distressed it by sanding off a lot of the paint.  Then I rubbed on some dark walnut stain and rubbed it off.  Then rubbed on some grayish blue paint that I had but not sure of the name of, and then also rubbed that off.  I wanted several colors going on, if that makes any sense.

The dresser also needed a hardware update but I didn't want to spend any money, so, I rummaged through our boxes of drawer pulls at our shop and found 3 sets that were very similar.  They didn't match completely but were the exact same shape in diameter so I grabbed them and took them home to spray paint them an oil rubbed bronze.

I attached them to the drawers, put the whole thing back together and this is what it looks like...

I am crazy about it!  I don't think it could have turned out better than what I envisioned. 

And I'm loving the three different sets of drawer pulls.

Here's a closeup of the different colors and stains I used to distress the dresser.

I've got a couple more pieces to share with you before I blog about the entire room so stay tuned!

Have a great day!!



  1. What a perfect color for your son! It is so vintagy looking...if that is a word. I am excited to see the whole room. What a blessed son to have you as his momma! May you have a most delightful week. Love to you, sweet bloggy friend! xo

  2. It looks great and the layers of paint look perfectly aged. With the awesome headboard his room is going to be awesome.

  3. great job, love the drawer pulls!

  4. Are you for hire!!! I love thise and thank you so much for sharing the details - helps as a reference when I get around to refinishing my stuff.

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  6. when I saw this picture I couldn't believe my eyes. Its the same dresser I have that use to be my parents 40 some years ago. Mine too needs a revamping and haven't figured out what to do with it yet, but love what you did with yours.

  7. Amazing! LOVE the color...and the knobs! I love it when it all comes together with old hardware I have laying around. I'm always so proud of myself for making it work! Lol!


  8. Gorgeous redo! Love the paint & distressing technique, I might have to try it!

  9. Fabulous!!! You have given me inspiration to try something like that with a family dresser I have inherited!!! Thank you fir sharing! Excited to see what else you've done for his room!!!

  10. That dresser looks amazing! LOVE the hardware too!

  11. Diana, this dresser is masterfully made over! I love how it really looks old and not just painted that way! Beautiful color!

  12. That dresser turned out DYNAMITE!! Your son is a very lucky young man. Love the green and the mix n match pulls :)

  13. Hey, there! I love what you did with the dresser!!! By the way, I started with your post showing your son's room almost in total - it looks terrific, and I think my son [if he still lived at home] would enjoy a room like that.


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