I am back today to share the antique farmhouse dresser redo diy we did in my daughter’s room for less than $20 a dresser! Sharing all the tips & tricks for how to give an antique dresser an easy makeover with spray paint including before & after pictures.
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Antique Farmhouse Dresser Redo DIY
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Our 2 Antique Dressers in Need of a Makeover
My sister recently gave back some furniture we had lent her before she got married which included 2 beautiful old dressers.
The beautiful antique bedroom set had been in Jason’s family for many years & the 2 dressers were the perfect size for Audrey’s room.
The only problem was the dressers were in need of a major dresser redo.
The knobs were tarnished & the veneer had started to come off in a lot of places.
Instructions for a Vintage Dresser Redo
Attaching a Missing Piece of Trim
Jason somehow magically made matching trim for the missing piece of the dresser with the vanity.
I know I say this a lot but my hubby is pretty amazing. 🙂
Sanding down the Dressers
After taking out the drawers I sanded the 2 dressers down with our orbitial sander.
This is the same sander we have used for the last 12+ years, DEWALT DWE6423K Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander, 5″
Tip for How to Clean up Tarnished Knobs
A dresser redo will often require new hardware or giving your old dresser hardware a makeover as well.
For the tarnished knobs I turned to my blogging friends for cheap & easy solutions.
A mixture of flour, vinegar, & salt bath did the trick.
I placed the knobs face down overnight.
An unbelievable amount of grime came off them after scrubbing them with a toothbrush in the morning!!!
Warning, it doesn’t smell great so you may want to take the knobs outside instead sitting on your kitchen window like I did.
I shined them up with a little brasso, Brasso Multipurpose Metal Polish-8 oz
The funny thing is that each knob turned out a little different & I am still not 100% sure what kind of metal they are.
Spray Paint for the Win on this Dresser Redo
We decided to spray paint the dressers the same color as our little girl’s 4 poster bed.
Spray paint is so easy to do & for less than $20 of paint I was able to make over each dresser.
With everyone using chalk paint these days I am always surprised more people are not using spray paint.
It almost seems like using spray paint is my little secret. 🙂
Be sure to use the spray paint outside because it does smell but for no brush strokes, it’s perfect!
The spray paint we used is made by Valspar with a primer built in.
You can find the brand of paint we used here, Valspar 410-85026 SP Encounter Satin Premium Enamel Spray Paint
*Unfortunately, Amazon did not have the specific color we used when I wrote this post but I still added the link because it’s really good paint* The color is secluded garden and we found it at Lowes.
I absolutely love it for my little girl’s room & her dresser redo.
It looks beautiful against her pale pink walls. We did add a coat of polyurethane to help protect the furniture.
It drives me a little crazy that you can see the unfinished walls in her mirror.
I tried really hard to have the wall painted before I shared the dresser but life got busy.
We are renovating our old farmhouse & have a lot of projects going on & with all my kiddos home it just didn’t happen.
I hope to share more of her room when we are finally done!
How pretty are these vintage dresser legs?!!!
She loves her new dresser redo & they bring so much extra storage to her room.
The mirrored dresser is so pretty.
I would have loved vintage dresser redone like this as a little girl.
She has enjoyed adding her special treasures to the tops of each one and I love the look of hydrangeas on them.
Thanks so much for checking out my daughter’s antique dresser redo.
I hope inspires you & answers all your questions on how to give a piece of antique furniture a makeover with spray paint.
by Tara Lehman
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Wow Tara I love it. I never would have guessed you used spray paint, it has such a nice finish and such a pretty color. Your daughter must be very happy it looks beautiful in her room!
Thank you so much for your sweet comments Julie! She really loves her new dressers 🙂
I love this room and the antique dresser turned out beautiful! Love the color! Pinning
Thank you so much for your sweet comments Tammy!
Both dressers look absolutely stunning now! I especially love the one with the mirror – pinned it!
Thank you so much for stopping by Angie! Every little girl needs a dresser with a mirror right 🙂
Beautiful dressers, Tara! I was surprised to see a girl’s room. I did not know you had a daughter.! Must have only caught boys’ room reveals. 🙂 The room looks lovely!
Ha! Thanks Cynthia! Yes, I have definitely been sharing a lot of our boys rooms lately :). Thanks so much for stopping by!!!
Beautiful! Amazing job with the drawer pulls,
Love the blue, so sweet!
Thank you Susan!
Such a beautiful color Tara. It is not too dark or heavy, perfect for your girl’s room!
Thank you so much Mary!!!
Stunning! Great renovation of chest hardware! Fascinating process! Audrey is one lucky little gal to have such talented parents!!??☺️ ~Kristin
Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments Kristin!
Wow I love the redo. The color is so beautiful and it looks so lovely now.
Thank you so much Debbie!
Absolutely gorgeous! I can’t believe that’s spray paint. Looks amazing!
The dressers turned out so beautifully! I hadn’t heard of the flour-vinegar-salt combo to clean hardware; I’ll have to give that one a try sometime soon! 🙂
Thank you so much Stacy! I was definitely skeptical of the flour, salt and vinegar combo working but I am convinced now 🙂
What a beautiful transformation! The color you chose is so lovely. It definitely adds a ton of charm to the space!
Thanks Meg! We are really happy with how it turned out 🙂
Your daughter has such a pretty room and the dressers look perfect. I am surprised that spray paint gave these pieces such a beautiful look. You certainly saved a lot of time with that method.
Thanks Paula! This spray paint really is the best we have found and I love that it doesn’t take long to refinish furniture this way 🙂
Oh my, that dresser looks absolutely beautiful! I love the color of blue that you chose. The hardware is also gorgeous. You did a wonderful job.
Thank you Shannon!!!