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Monday, September 12, 2011

Trash to Treasure Dresser

As if I weren’t bad enough, I’m lucky enough to have wonderful friends who text me pictures like this:

With the address of this curbside find! And when it’s too big to fit in my car, they even help me get it home (thanks Alex!).

The dresser was actually in pretty good shape, a little of the paint was peeling off the top and it definitely needed a good cleaning, but it came with great hardware!

I took out the drawers and gave the whole thing a good coat of paint stripper, let it sit, and then went to work.

This is what it looked after the first time:

And after a few more times it was ready for paint!

I started with my favorite Rustoleum spray primer in gray:

I decided to put this in our spare room since it has more storage than my other curbside find, the vanity I posted about here. I LOVE painted furniture (as you can probably tell) so I decided to go with some navy blue “oops” paint I bought at OSH for $1.00. Can’t get better than that…

I was pleasantly surprised how good it looked after just one coat. The paint is called “velvet” and it went on very nicely, no brush stroked at all!

After 3 coats it was ready to go in the house.

Since brass isn’t my thing, I gave the hardware a good coat of primer and gray Rustoleum paint.

Here it is now!

Total cost for this project: about $15.00 (stripper, primer, and paint).

I’m still debating about adding some gray pattern to the front of the drawers… I’m a little worried it will look too busy with the ornate drawer pulls, but I think it’s a little boring now.

What do you suggest?


  1. Love it!!!
    How about a pattern on the top of the dresser?

  2. LOVE THE COLOR... did i say LOVE! winnks-jen

  3. I love it, girl! Just did my hutch this color last week... navy is soo "IT"! ;)

    I'm your newest follower! Stop by sometime! ~Amy

  4. The color is perfect! What a fabulous new piece! Great job!

  5. Leave it as it. It looks great.

  6. I love it how it is!! Would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  7. Looks great! I like it the way it is :) I'm your newest follower stop by a blog visit.

  8. Love it! Thanks for linking up to Things I've Done Thursday!


  9. Awesome! Looks really cute =)
    Stopping by from Miss Mustard Seed...
    ~Kelly @ Corner of Main

  10. Fantastic! Love what you've done to her! Found you via Bear Rabbit Bear. Toodles, Kathryn

  11. I love that it's Navy!! Fabulous job!! I don't have a clue as to what else you could do!!
    Thanks for linking up to Southern Lovely's Show & Share!! Hope to see you again!

  12. Woooo .. I love me some curbside Finds! great job


  13. Go for the pattern!!! I'm always happier when i do. Following

  14. I would stencil the top of the dresser!!!! I did that with a night stand and its one of my all time favorite projects of all times.

  15. Looks great but you are working way too hard. Did you know that things that are going to be painted don't have to be stripped??? Just a little sanding, and maybe not even that. I have good results using Zinzer's Bulldog Bonding Primer. OR, use Home Depot's Behr Ultra, the best paint ever formulated, and you won't even need a primer.