Bennett’s Room – Nautical Dresser Redo

Bennett's Room - Nautical Dresser Redo

We found this dresser at our local thrift store.  We had been looking for a sturdy tall dresser for Bennett’s room since my old high school dresser was just too wide for his room.

Bennett's Room - Nautical Dresser Redo

When looking for furniture to refinish regardless of appearance I always look 2 things.  (1) Is it heavy?  I look for heavy pieces because that means solid wood not wood veneers or thinly cut soft wood.  Solid wood can always be sanded down and refinished. (2) Does it have dovetail drawers?  Dovetail drawers usually (not always) mean quality construction.

Bennett's Room - Nautical Dresser Redo

The dresser had atleast 3 coats of chippy paint on it.  It also was missing part of it’s front foot but Jason was sure he could fix it and for $50 we felt that it was worth it.  I really like the style and shape of the original dresser.  It reminded me of a dresser that you find in an old cottage.

Bennett's Room - Nautical Dresser Redo

Jason was able to fix the foot.  He did an amazing job you can’t tell that it is missing.  He sanded down the whole thing.  We decided to be a little different and keep the wood on the front of the drawers.

Bennett's Room - Nautical Dresser Redo

Jason spray painted the body of the dresser and shellacked and added polyurethane to the drawers and the top of the dresser.

Bennett's Room - Nautical Dresser Redo

We found the compass knobs online from Hobby Lobby.  At $2 each it was steal!

Bennett's Room - Nautical Dresser Redo

I love how it turned out.  I will be sharing more of what we have been up to in Bennett’s room in the next few weeks:).

Bennett's Room - Nautical Dresser Redo

He wants a world / map / travel room.  So we are hoping this dresser will go with the rest of what we have planned!

Bennett's Room - Nautical Dresser Redo

Bennett's Room - Nautical Dresser Redo

Below is the nautical dresser in Ben’s finished (Yay!) Navy Boys Bedroom.

Come check out navy boys bedroom reveal. We completed gutted the room and added new ceiling, new floors, paint, built in desk and a new doorway.

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We completely transformed this thrift store dresser into a nautical one for our son's bedroom!

Sharing the Nautical Dresser Redo with:

Karen’s Up On the Hill – Something to talk About / Cedar Hill Farmhouse – The Scoop / A Stroll Thru Life – Inspire Me Tuesday

Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesdays / Common Ground – Share Your Style

From My Front Porch to Yours – Treasure Hunt Thursday / Canary Street Crafts – Your Turn to Shine / Imparting Grace – Grace at Home

French Country Cottage – Feathered Nest Friday / Craftberry Bush – The Inspiration Gallery / The Shabby Nest – Frugal Friday

Miss Mustard Seed – Furniture Feature Friday / Thoughts from Alice – Sundays at Home / Dwellings The Heart of Your Home – Amaze Me Monday

Elizabeth & Co – Be Inspired / Finding Silver Pennies – Silver Pennies Sundays / Remodelaholic / The Happy Housie – Get Your DIY On

The Curator’s Collection – Making Broken Beautiful


    1. Nancy, thank you so much! So glad you liked the wood we definitely weren’t sure whether to paint those or not:) Hope you are having a great week and take care, Tara

  1. It turned out great, Tara! I love how you kept the wood in tact on the front, and I am loving anything navy blue lately. Those knobs are perfect! I may need to get a couple for myself for the dresser I’m redoing right now.

    1. Hey Jenny! Thanks so much for your sweet comments about Ben’s nautical dresser! The knobs are really great and I can’t believe they were only $2! I will definitely be back for more knobs for the rest of my house! Can’t wait to see the dresser you have been working on!

  2. Tara –

    What a great thrift store find! I love those! I can’t wait to see his travel room! What a fun fun idea! I love how your whole family is involved in all of your projects! I can’t wait till my little one is old enough to “help” ! Thanks for sharing!


    1. Thanks Cat! I can’t wait to see his travel room too:) Ha, if only we could snap our fingers and these projects would be done! My kids have pretty strong opinions on what they want AND don’t want:). My middle guy wants a library/lacrosse room..not sure how I will pull that one off:). It won’t be long before your little one can join in:)…Can’t wait to see what you guys create together!

  3. Tara, you did a beautiful job. Navy and wood — always an excellent choice for a boy’s room. I’m eager to see how the room comes together. I saw your link at From My Front Porch to Yours: Treasure Hunt Thursday link party.

    1. Ann Marie, thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments about my son’s navy and wood dresser:). Have a great week and take care, Tara

  4. Love the simple details of this piece! Very classy now! Well done! I’m so thrilled you were able to share this at my Making Broken Beautiful party, I do hope you will join in again tomorrow :0)

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