Sharing all the tips & tricks of how to refinish old furniture & transform a bedroom dresser into a classic DIY nautical dresser with some navy spray paint, knobs & gorgeous original wood with pictures.
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How to Refinish Old Furniture – Vintage Nautical Dresser Redo with Navy Paint
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Vintage/ Old Dresser Before
We found this antique 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.
2 Tips for How to Refinish Old Furniture
When looking for furniture to refinish regardless of appearance I always look 2 things
Tip ONE – Is it heavy or solid?
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.
Tip TWO – Does it have dovetail drawers?
Dovetail drawers usually (not always) mean quality construction.
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.
Sanding & Fixing the Old Dresser
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.
How to Refinish Old Furniture with Spray Paint & Polyurethane for the Exposed Wood
Jason spray painted the body of the nautical dresser and shellacked and added polyurethane to the drawers and the top of the dresser.
Adding New Knobs to the Old Vintage Nautical Dresser
We found the compass knobs online from Hobby Lobby.
For a couple dollars each, they were a steal!
Nautical Dresser Redo After
I love how the nautical dresser turned out.
He wanted a world themed travel blue boys bedroom & I think it looks fabulous in his newly remodeled navy boys bedroom.
Below is the nautical dresser in Ben’s finished.
I hope this answers some of your questions for hoe to refinish old furniture with our nautical dresser redo & inspires you to refinish an old piece of furniture at your home!
by Tara Lehman
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