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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