Friday, July 31, 2015

Craigslist Dresser Makeover

Today is a momentous day. We finally made-over a dresser we got when we first got married! {which is over 2 years ago, but no big deal}

But the story of the dresser is a classic tale. I'll give you the cliff notes:

"Young married couple with no money buys the least crappy craigslist dresser they could find."

Exciting huh? Well, I've wanted to update this dresser from the moment we decided to buy it. But it clearly took the back seat to other "more important" things like moving and real life. Whatever.

Now it has finally had its moment. And I love it. The most TLC this thing has had in over 2 years was the thorough cleaning I gave it when we first brought it was a craigslist dresser after all, folks. But now, it looks like it's been loved again. It's happy, I'm happy, everyone's happy. 

The funny thing is that I really didn't have a clear vision for this dresser before I really decided to dig in and get it finished. So the inspiration came along the way and I'm happy I listened to my intuition. {So much happiness around here} 

Here's what I used: 

Valspar mint green shade, Caulk, Rubbing Alcohol, Ovation: Essential Shade, Wood Filler, Clear Coat Spray Paint

I got the mint green shade from the damaged table at Lowes. I LOVE the damaged table at Lowes, but that's a separate story and hoarding confession....

The "before" {but after the removal of the awful hardware - sorry no pic of those guys, but believe me, they weren't pretty}:

Step 1: We sanded everything down and cleaned it with some rubbing alcohol sprayed on a rag
{thankfully, this dresser was pretty much raw wood, so it didn't require the full-on sander}

Step 2: We slathered some wood filler on all the holes and deep cuts in the wood

Step 3: We sanded everything again and then caulked all the edges

Don't mind me - I was just admiring the handsome husband
Step 4: After waiting for the caulk to dry, drilled new holes for the hardware and then lightly sanded and cleaned everything again

Step 5: We finally got to paint something!

Step 6: We gave the inside of the drawers a pop of color {my favorite part of the whole makeover}

Step 7: After two coats, we waited for each piece to dry and then sprayed them with clear coat spray

Step 8: After the clear coat dried, we installed the new hardware and put the dresser back together

Dobby was just so happy about the new dresser, he decided to make an appearance

Whew, that was a long one. Thanks for sticking with me. So to recap:

Now excuse me while I go fill up this beauty with some displaced clothing.


  1. Looks great! I have wondered about those clear coats. Was it easy to apply? Is it holding up well?

    1. It does work great actually! We've used it on some previous furniture makeovers as well! It's easy since it's spray paint with even more flexibility since it's clear. There's no wrong way to apply it and it comes out great!

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  5. Love it, wish I had you diy talent ☺

    1. Thanks girl! :) But you TOTALLY rock at DIY - everything you touch turns to finished and gorgeous :)