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Paint A Dresser: New Life For An Old Piece Of Furniture

Updated on January 3, 2018
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You can take a dresser from a beast to a beauty!
You can take a dresser from a beast to a beauty! | Source

Need to Liven Up an Old Dresser with Paint?


The first question is, "How do you begin reviving an old piece of furniture?"

A look at my plans for this paint-a-dresser project can give you the fundamentals for getting that special piece you've been wanting to paint from your workbench to your living space.

Grace your home with handiwork that will make guests ask you to paint old furniture for them!


The Restoration Begins
The Restoration Begins | Source

Thinking Through How to Go About Painting a Dresser:


Evaluate the dresser's structure to see if it needs any repair.

Evaluate the piece's finish to see what kind of preparation it needs before beginning your techniques.

Decide what tools and supplies/products you will need to use and get everything on hand before beginning.

Dedicate the needed work space by thinking through the paint project's time frame--consider other people's schedules, the weather, and unexpected interruptions.

Plan your steps for reviving an old chest of drawers with decorative paint, then go to work and get it done!


Turning a Beast into a Beauty--Paint a Dresser and give it New Life:

Once upon a time a little chest of drawers lived a sad Cinderella life. It did its job well, yet it was beaten and bruised for its efforts. This petite chest of drawers would have given up all hope but it had a friend with a vision for what it could become. With barely a whisper of a promise from the friend, courage to hold on for the future won the day.

To the dresser’s surprise, the day of its rescue arrived. The envisioned promise became a reality and the small bit of furniture flourished under the transformation that its friend created for it. With insight into what the dresser could become, the friend made a plan and enlisted the help of her handy-dandy husband.

He helped clean the poor thing for it had ages of dust in every nook and cranny. It smelled horrible, but a good wash and dry in the sun refreshed it nicely. However, the already warped drawers became even more crooked. The husband’s skilled hands remade the drawers using the original fronts. Under the care it received, a beautiful change began to take place.

Once it was finished, everyone who knew the dresser was stunned by its metamorphosis. No one would have recognized it if they had not been told that it was the very same dresser, and even then they were incredulous that such a change could be wrought. To be taken from such dilapidation to a charming state seemed impossible. Now, the little chest of drawers is not just serviceable, it is living happily ever after, sharing its beauty with everyone it meets.

Would you like to know how its restyling occurred? The following is the rest of the story:


The Dresser was a Shambles

But My Husband was Willing to Go the Extra Mile so I Could Paint it:

The photos may not show how dirty this piece of furniture was, but you can be glad that the smell was stopped by the camera lens. It was a real mess. Cleaning it was important if I wanted the primer to be able to do its job. At one point, my husband offered to buy me a new dresser to paint. When I explained why I wanted to make this one beautiful he was on board with me.

Not every piece of furniture will need to be reworked with carpentry tools, but the drawers on this one were obviously ruined. It certainly took some extra time, yet there was no choice but to rebuild most of the drawers' sides and backs. Bravo to my husband for his patience on this project. He's really the hero of the story because my artwork would have been useless without his skills to prepare the piece.

A little sanding along the way, more cleaning and dusting, and then double checking with some tweeking to make sure the drawers worked well put this dresser in order for painting. A good primer would be the first step of that phase. This project, as it turned out, would need more than the usual amount of a primer preparation.


Primer Worked Wonders to Breathe New Life into a Sad Predicament:

I used a primer product called Kilz to coat every possible surface on this dresser project. Turning it upside down and going in from the bottom in order to completely primer underneath the top wasn’t too difficult because the dresser was small enough to set on a table. This enabled me to primer all surfaces of the inside, as well.

Putting primer (and paint) on the drawers was like doing a separate project. Each section had to have plenty of drying time. First, the bottoms and about an inch around those edges were done, then the sides and the top edges, then the fronts and backs as well as those edges, and finally the insides could be done.

Primer coating all the outside surfaces was imperative. The top needed several coats because large oil spots wanted to soak through the layers and the drawer fronts also needed more than one coat. Each of these primer coats needed to dry well before I could move to the next, making this phase of the project a longer process than I thought it would be.

There were open seams along the back’s edges so I used a quick-drying caulk to seal them off. As I put the first coat of primer on small spots that needed extra caulk showed up, giving me a chance to seal those edges well before applying the paint.


Paint a dresser with primer after cleaning it.
Paint a dresser with primer after cleaning it. | Source
Cover every surface with primer for best results.
Cover every surface with primer for best results. | Source

Paint, the Wonder Worker for Furniture Projects:

Using a high quality wall paint meant that I could be confident of my decorative paints sticking well. The first coat was tinted a light beige, but when I applied it the color was too yellow. I tinted it to the palest of sages, which probably does not show well in the photos. Most people call it a beige when they first see it, but the difference in adding the green tint was huge.

Covering all surfaces of the dresser and its drawers two times with the light sage paint, letting each thoroughly dry between coats, I used new disposable paint brushes for each coat because I wanted to be really careful to get a fine finish on the surface.

Once the base coat was on, the real fun could begin. Planning a design is always difficult for me because there are so many options. A look at faux technique books and videos can give you an idea of how hard it could be to make a decision. I did have a basic idea in mind, and decided pretty quickly that I would go with various colors rather than monotones.

Using a stencil to help me decide on scale and draw part of the design, I filled in the pattern with a bit of whimsy in mind. Although the motif flows up and down the drawer fronts, each is its own vignette. Because I wanted the top of the dresser to be useful I did not carry the design over it, although that was my original plan.

While I used acrylics and brushes, paint pens would have done a good job with this project, and they might have made the work easier. Adding the band of green around the top edge and on the arcs along the bottom edges brightened this little dresser’s small amount of architectural detail.

Once the decorative painting was done, I used a white glaze to soften the colors of the design, and to give some depth to the paint’s surface. It changed the flat look to seem like it would have a velvety feel, but it’s an enhancement that you don’t quite “see” in a project like this.


Base coat on top of primer.
Base coat on top of primer. | Source
Smooth finish readies the piece for decorative painting.
Smooth finish readies the piece for decorative painting. | Source
Artwork comes together step-by-step.
Artwork comes together step-by-step. | Source
Finishing touches prepare the piece for a clear top coat.
Finishing touches prepare the piece for a clear top coat. | Source
Plan out your artwork ahead of time, but remain flexible in the process.
Plan out your artwork ahead of time, but remain flexible in the process. | Source

Protect the Finished Surface of Painted Furniture:

Once the white glaze was dry, one more step was required to finish the project’s paint phases. A water based poly clear coat was added to give a hard finish to the surface of the paint and protect it from scratching or chipping.

This step is important because the dresser needed to be as serviceable as possible. The bit of shine also gave a nice pop to the piece.

Once the clear coat was completely dry I used a wax brick and rubbed down the bottoms and sides of the drawers, as well as the insides of the drawer’s openings and supports because the old-fashioned way it was built meant that there were no drawer glides.

The wax makes the wood drawers slide smoothly on their wood supports. This wax process will likely have to be repeated in the future, but it’s no big deal.

Felt pad strips on the bottom four corners finished the project off. A lovely ending to this dresser's fairytale, don't you think?

Learning how to paint old furniture is fun! Now, I’m using this dresser in my dining room to hold small items that we want to keep handy, as well as to make my friends laugh with delight.


See the Progression of My Painted Dresser Project

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Sad little dresser could be cleaned and painted, then put to good use!Some of the drawers had to be reworked because they were warped.  Most restorations would not require this step.High quality paint is the key to a successful paint project.The fun part is the decorative painting.Small details along edges make a big impact with painted furniture designs.Small details such as a border along an edge give a frame work for the most prominent aspects of the painted design.A whimsical theme from nature is an often used design on painted furniture.Have fun when painting a little dresser such as this and let the child in you pop out!Right down to the bottom edges a border detail adds a finishing touch to the painted dresser.Paint a dresser to make it useful and add beauty to your home.
Sad little dresser could be cleaned and painted, then put to good use!
Sad little dresser could be cleaned and painted, then put to good use! | Source
Some of the drawers had to be reworked because they were warped.  Most restorations would not require this step.
Some of the drawers had to be reworked because they were warped. Most restorations would not require this step. | Source
High quality paint is the key to a successful paint project.
High quality paint is the key to a successful paint project. | Source
The fun part is the decorative painting.
The fun part is the decorative painting. | Source
Small details along edges make a big impact with painted furniture designs.
Small details along edges make a big impact with painted furniture designs. | Source
Small details such as a border along an edge give a frame work for the most prominent aspects of the painted design.
Small details such as a border along an edge give a frame work for the most prominent aspects of the painted design. | Source
A whimsical theme from nature is an often used design on painted furniture.
A whimsical theme from nature is an often used design on painted furniture. | Source
Have fun when painting a little dresser such as this and let the child in you pop out!
Have fun when painting a little dresser such as this and let the child in you pop out! | Source
Right down to the bottom edges a border detail adds a finishing touch to the painted dresser.
Right down to the bottom edges a border detail adds a finishing touch to the painted dresser. | Source
Paint a dresser to make it useful and add beauty to your home.
Paint a dresser to make it useful and add beauty to your home. | Source
Beauty from a Beast: My Painted Dresser
Beauty from a Beast: My Painted Dresser | Source

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    cheeluarv:

    Thank you very much for your kind feedback. I appreciate hearing from you!

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    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    purl3agony:

    Thanks bunches for letting me know how useful this hub was to you. You'll do a great job, I'm sure, and I hope we see your planning, process, and finished project in a hub. Yes, that's a hint! :)

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    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    CraftytotheCore:

    Thank you very much!

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    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    ologsinquito:

    Thanks kindly for your positive feedback on this how-to hub! So appreciate the visit and comment.

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    cheeluarv 

    4 years ago from INDIA

    What a remarkable piece of work. Very beautiful with lovely designs in the front and I loved your story on New life. Very interesting hub.

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    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    rebeccamealey:

    Thank you very much! Sometimes I look at this little dresser that is still hard at work looking beautiful and I can't believe what it looked like when I began the project. It's a constant reminder to me of how important it is to make beauty everywhere we can.

    I hope you get to do another project because they are such fun, perhaps one that can be handed down in the future.

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    Donna Herron 

    4 years ago from USA

    This is just beautiful!! I've wanted to paint my unfinished dresser for a long time, but have been afraid that I would make a mess of it and ruin the surface. This hub gives me some great ideas and resources on how to plan and start my project. Thanks!

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    CraftytotheCore 

    4 years ago

    That's really beautiful. I love the detail you added to the front.

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    ologsinquito 

    4 years ago from USA

    I love how you showed pictures of this transformation. The end result is a beautiful piece of furniture.

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    Rebecca Mealey 

    4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    It looks fantastic! And I love the way you tell the story of it's transformation. Thanks for advising to use primer. I did one like this years age, and didn't know to use primer. Needless to say, the paint eventually peeled off!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    daisyjae:

    Thanks kindly! I hope you get to start your project soon. :)

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    daisyjae 

    5 years ago from Canada

    The dresser with the flowers is so pretty! I've been inspired!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    DDE:

    Thank you very much, both for taking the time to check out this hub on redoing a dresser and for leaving your kind feedback!

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    Devika Primić 

    5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Fantastic job with old furniture so well put together. It makes one feel so good after all the hard work an to look closely at you have done it is amazing!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Jackie Lynnley:

    Thanks for stopping in to see this project and share your experience with one like it!

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    Jackie Lynnley 

    5 years ago from The Beautiful South

    I have done this and it is such fun and so rewarding! Great info!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    K J Page:

    Thank you kindly. :) I just saw your painted dresser drawers and now I'm wondering about paint the insides of these drawers!

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    K J Page 

    5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

    Great hub! I love looking at old dressers and seeing something different...Beautiful job!!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    ktrapp:

    Thanks much, it was fun!

    Well, I'm sorry you missed the trunk, but it might have been in your way throughout the holidays. Keep your eyes open and be ready, a piece of furniture that will fit a need in your home will show up. When you paint it and write that hub :) let me know so I can link it here.

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    Kristin Trapp 

    5 years ago from Illinois

    What a transformation. You took a simple dresser and made it simply charming with some elbow grease, paint and creativity. How fun. Now I'm sort of kicking myself for not taking a nice trunk that was on the curb next to a neighbor's trash this morning. Nice Hub with lots of good tips and loads of inspiration.

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Au fait:

    Thank you for your high compliment on this piece!

    I actually did a bit of stenciling on this project, just to make the basic design go quickly. It would be no problems to use stencils for an entire project.

    Finding unwanted furniture is not usually a problem, though if you are looking for something for a specific space you might need to take your time.

    Thanks again for all of your feedback!

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    C E Clark 

    5 years ago from North Texas

    What a difference between before and after! The results with this dresser are spectacular.

    I've seen people who turn boring furniture into amazing works of art before and always wanted to try my hand at it. I would have to use stencils instead of free hand painting.

    This looks like a great project and a person could find a good piece of furniture to start on in the used furniture ads or at a yard sale. This could even make a great gift for someone special.

    Voted up, and useful!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Cassidella:

    So appreciate your input on this hub and that you let me know you like this painted dresser. We are enjoying having it and find it very handy.

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    CyberShelley:

    Thanks bunches for your feedback on this project and hub. I appreciate your visit!

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    Cassidella 

    5 years ago

    What a wonderful project, RTalloni! I really like before and after stuff, nearly anything turned awesome, but this dresser is now truly a treasure!

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    Shelley Watson 

    5 years ago

    I used to do restore and paint furniture - it was always so satisfying. You did a wonderful job of the painting and of the hub! Up, interesting and useful.

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Dolores Monet:

    Thank you very much! The project was fun to design and paint, and also the hub. :) Maybe we'll get to see your project??? :) A glaze would be a nice addition to your chair, and you might also consider a light coat of a clear finish, maybe a poly coat of some sort for surface protection since it is a chair. Most of all, enjoy using your chair when you are done! :)

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    Dolores Monet 

    5 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Hi, RT - what a thorough and beautiful job you've done here. I must admit that I often do not have the patience to go the whole route in doing things properly. I just painted a hideous old chair white and want to sand away some of the paint to reveal the wood beneath. Thinking that won't be enough, I believe that some kind of glaze on top will make it look better. Must think on that one. Voted up and tweeted!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    rajan jolly:

    Thanks kindly! So appreciate your visit and feedback here.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    RT, this is a marvellous restoration job. I especially like the artwork and the dresser looks as good as new.

    Voted up & awesome.

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    peachpower:

    Thanks very much, both for stopping in and for your generous comment on this painted dresser hub!

    I hope you get to do the decoupaging you want to do and that we'll get to see it in a hub. :)

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    peachpower 

    5 years ago from Florida

    Wow!!! This was fantastic!!! Thank you so much for sharing the Hub- I really feel like I need to get on top of decoupaging EVERYTHING IN MY HOUSE. Now.

    Spectacular job, on both the dresser and the Hub. Totally pinning this right now.

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Justsilvie:

    Thanks kindly for letting me know how much you like this paint project! I hope you enjoy doing your dresser and that wevget to see it in a hub. :)

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    Justsilvie 

    5 years ago

    I have to bookmark this page and share it! I have a dresser just waiting to become fabulous. Well done project and Hub!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Mama Kim 8:

    To have that one "special" piece of furniture that everyone has painted at some time or another is to have a treasure of memories! Thanks bunches for sharing about yours here and thanks, too, for visiting and leaving your feedback. :)

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    Sasha Kim 

    5 years ago

    Beautiful dresser!! You did a fantastic job paining it. It reminds me of a large dresser in my family... that thing has been repainted so many times. I can't even count all the different colors. I think I was the last to paint it... red, black and gold... no wait, I repainted it a couple shades of green, lol. It's my brother's at the moment and I'm sure he'll paint it again soon ^_^ after he fixes a couple of broken drawers. Fantastic hub!! Voting and pinning!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    wilderness:

    Thank you very much--so appreciate your input here!

    The chest you painted sounds delightful--a sure hit for a boy. It's sad that it couldn't continue working for a third generation, but you are right, having another go at painting furniture is the way to go.

    My husband made a toy cradle and I painted it for a grandchild earlier this year, and a while before that we did a toddler boy's mini bookcase. Grandchildren give lots of reasons to enjoy painting furniture. :)

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    Dan Harmon 

    5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

    You certainly did a beautiful job when you painted the old dresser.

    I've only done one, but went a totally different way. When our first child came along we inherited the old chest my wife had as a little girl, and it was in much the same shape as you describe.

    As it was for a little boy, there were no flowers or other motifs put on it; instead color was used. Some automotive metallic blue for the trim and knobs, lighter automotive blue for the basic color and some fire engine red here and there outlining the drawers made for a riot of beautiful, bright colors that he loved when he grew a little older.

    Sadly, it's gone now, but it served two generations for nearly 40 years before finally collapsing into a pile of lumber. I've got grandchildren now, perhaps I shall find an old dresser at a yard sale and try it again.

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Millionaire Tips:

    Thanks kindly for your input on my painted dresser!

    I love white kitchen cabinets. They give such a fresh feel to a kitchen! Hmm…maybe you should think about painting your new white cabinets. There are all sorts of fabulous themes that you could use to design a simple pattern from, maybe one that would go from cabinet to cabinet. Perhaps a single sunflower flower in alternating corners, or a flowing line of daisies and ladybugs, or a row of shadowed veggies across the bottom of the fronts, or phrases like "Viva Choc-o-latte!" :)

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    Shasta Matova 

    5 years ago from USA

    Wow, what a transformation! It looks amazing, and I especially like the whimsical design you painted on it. I painted my kitchen cabinets, but I didn't add any designs on it. Just the white paint made such a big difference. Voted up.

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Victoria Stephens:

    Thanks bunches for letting me know that you like the dresser so much. :)

    Painted pieces are remarkable and it is fun to see how much people enjoy them, especially the DIY paint projects!

    If you get to design a paint project for a piece of furniture for your home I hope we'll get to see it here on HubPages--hint, hint. :)

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Natashlah:

    Thanks for taking a look at my painted dresser and adding your input to this hub's project! You are right about using paint techniques to unify odd pieces of furniture.

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    tammyswallow:

    Thanks very much for letting me know how much you like this painted furniture. It's fun to have one of a kind items like my little dresser, and even more fun to create them!

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    Victoria Stephens 

    5 years ago from London

    The drawers look absolutely amazing now and what georgous images on them. I pay heaps for something that looked as nice as it does now!

    I decorated an old unit and stensiled in some pictures once and was pleasantly suprised at how many people noticed it when they came into my home and asked where I got it from.

    Very well done. Thank you for sharing this. I may take up a project on something at home again soon now :-) x

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    Natasha 

    5 years ago from Hawaii

    I had a lot of stenciled furniture as a kid. It's such an easy way to turn different-looking pieces into a cohesive, set, too. Glad to see people are still using this (fairly) easy, cost-effective way to make furniture nicer!

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    Tammy 

    5 years ago from North Carolina

    This is just gorgeous. I LOVE recycling. You just can't by anything this pretty in any store. Sharing!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    ElleBee:

    Thank you for letting me hear from you on this painted furniture hub. Your idea of using wallpaper scraps for designs is not a bad one, but you might really find the process of painting your dresser enjoyable. Either way, I hope we get to see your finished project in a post! :)

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    glassvisage:

    Thanks very much! So appreciate your input. Maybe we'll get to see some of your painted furniture projects? :)

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    ElleBee 

    5 years ago

    Love your finished product, and all the other photos are great too! I'm hoping to find an inexpensive dresser to repaint like this soon. I'm not the most artistic person, but hopefully these tips will point me in the right direction. If not I might just paint it a solid color and get some extra help from wall paper scraps for the design aspect :)

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    glassvisage 

    5 years ago from Northern California

    That is really beautiful! I used to try to do this with furniture I found at the Salvation Army - it's amazing what you can find for a few bucks :) I think it looks great on white furniture. The photos are wonderful! Thanks for sharing this information!

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    CountryCityWoman:

    Well, the summer heat is about to leave us until next year and that will help us get more done, right? :)

    You are right, though, sometimes we need to just do it. Thanks for that encouragement to me! I have four small painting projects waiting on my brushes and I do not need to put them off again.

    Would love to see your dresser when it's done. Take pictures, do a hub, then let me know! :)

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    CountryCityWoman 

    5 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

    Well, I am still thinking about doing something to a particular dresser. Sigh! You have inspired me which helps a lot. Sometimes I think I need to do more and think less about it - just do it. Thanks - I may just get it done. This winter.

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    stessily:

    Thanks very much for letting me know you came by to see this painted dresser and for sharing your memory of working with your sister on your uncle's furniture. What a great story to have here!

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    stessily 

    5 years ago

    RT, Your creativity and your enthusiasm for transforming beasts into beauties are admirable! One of my first restoration projects entailed retrieving forgotten "beasts" from my paternal uncle's attic one summer in my tween years with my sister and restoring their former glory. Uncle Phil was so proud of our diligence and creativity and happily propped his feet comfortably onto the wood foot stool (I think it was mahogany), set the latest book he was reading and other paraphernalia on the restored end tables, and proclaimed that he felt easily as comfortable and pampered as any king in his castle. Aunt Jane told us years later that Uncle Phil always pointed out the foot stool and end tables to one and all who entered their home, extolling DeeDee and me for those gifts of love undertaken at such a young age. In fact, our diligence inspired him to reupholster himself their living room furniture.

    So much is gained in beautifying beasts, and memories are made along the way.

    Thank you for sharing your creativity here!

    Appreciatively, Stessily

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    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Nicole S:

    Thanks bunches for letting me know you enjoyed seeing this project. How neat it would be to see your artsy friend's project in a hub--yes, that's a hint. :)

    So appreciate your visit and input here!

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    Nicole S Hanson 

    5 years ago from Minnesota

    I just love this idea! My friend found an awesome free dresser with beautiful character for free on craigslist and then repainted it and added new hardware and the transformation was amazing. I'm always in awe of the beautiful things people create from old furniture. Nice work on your dresser, it's gorgeous!

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    carol7777:

    Thanks so much for checking out this dresser project and letting me know it has encouraged you to get yours painted!

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    carol stanley 

    6 years ago from Arizona

    I love thinking up ways to fancy up my house. I loved this hub about redoing dressers. I have one in mind so I am going to bookmark it. I voted UP.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Precious904:

    Thanks very much for letting me know you enjoyed this painted furniture project and especially for sharing that it has inspired your to do your own project. I'm going to your profile page now to see if you posted a hub on it!

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    Precious904 

    6 years ago from UK

    This was a really interesting post, it actually inspired me to do something with an old storage box that's just been lying around, taking up space.

    Nice style and design ideas.

    The butterfly one's my favourite.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Vanderleelie:

    Not a thing of the past at all! Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed the hub and the project--appreciate your input very much!

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    Vanderleelie 

    6 years ago

    Nice to see that recycling old furniture for new use is not a thing of the past - in fact it's quite trendy. I enjoyed your step-by-step photos and description with specific product information. A very impressive transformation!

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    The Dirt Farmer:

    Thanks very much for letting me know you like the dresser's remake!

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    Jill Spencer 

    6 years ago from United States

    Wow! What an incredible transformation. Beautiful and inspiring!

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    2uesday:

    Thanks so much! You are right, a painted dresser similar to this one would be great in any number of rooms. I appreciate your input very much! :)

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    2uesday 

    6 years ago

    This is a beautiful project and the finished dresser would look good in many different settings - nursery, guest room, family room. The finished dresser is prettier than anything you could buy in a shop.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Diana Grant:

    Something tells me you'll do fine with a painted furniture project. :) A methodical step-by-step approach to giving new life to an old piece not only gets the job done but gets it done very satisfactorily. Most of all, have fun doing it!

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    Diana Grant 

    6 years ago from London

    Only if it looks as good as yours!

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Diana Grant:

    Thanks kindly! I hope you enjoy your project as much I did mine.

    I did use two stencils, but I modified each one even in the drawing, then more in the painting. As you probably know from experience, something like this sort of grows as you paint.

    Painting furniture makes for fun projects, and painted furniture is very nice to have around the house, especially when there is a story behind it. :)

    So appreciate your visit. Hope we get to see your project!

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    Diana Grant 

    6 years ago from London

    You did a lovely job on the furniture, and also on this article!

    I studied the artwork carefully, and each drawer is different - you said you used a stencil for some of it, and then added your own whimsicality. But it looks as though the basic stem and leaf shapes are different, so did you use a variety of stencils, or just one, and then modify the drawing? I love it, and am thinking of doing something similar.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    breffoo:

    Thanks, both for your visit and for letting me hear from you! If you have experience with painting you are sure to have success on a wood project. Hope to see some of your work soon!

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    breffoo 

    6 years ago

    This was great. I do a lot of work with wood and the steps you took were exactly what I do. You have a lot of good ideas. Never painted on the wood, though. Always thought I would mess it up.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    ldiamond:

    So glad you enjoyed seeing this paint-a-dresser project!

    Thanks kindly for your visit and for letting me hear from you!

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    ldiamond 

    6 years ago from Berkeley, CA

    I love painting furniture and am always looking for great descriptions on how to do it. You did a wonderful job describing the process. Thanks for the pics and video.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    kdupree:

    How kind! Thank you! Appreciate your visit very much.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    rick combe:

    So glad you enjoyed seeing the project--thanks much for taking a look and for the high compliment! :)

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    kdupree 

    6 years ago

    How fantastic this hub is! Great tips here.Thanks.

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    rick combe 

    6 years ago from USA

    Excellent job. I used to show off and brag about an old dresser i refinished, but this just shut my mouth.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Thank you. I'm sure your project will go well for you, moonlake. Thanks for stopping in!

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    moonlake 

    6 years ago from America

    Great job. I have an old dresser I need to get painted.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks much, Om. I hope you get to do your project and I also hope we get to see it!

    Appreciate your visit very much.

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    6 years ago

    How lovely! Now I want to paint my old dresser, too.

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    RTalloni 

    7 years ago from the short journey

    Thank you for visiting, thoughtforce.

    You could do this, I'm sure! I only used the stencil on part of the design to quickly help draw it to scale. The rest of the drawing was filled in by hand and then painted, but you could use a stencil for the whole project.

    So appreciate your kind and encouraging comments!

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    Christina Lornemark 

    7 years ago from Sweden

    That dresser looks great after your transformation, looks like a totally different one. Good way to use old furniture! I love going to small second hand shops and I often sea old dressers like this one. You have inspired me to try this myself. The stencils look a bit difficult though, I am not sure I can do that:) You have great talent, the result look professional!

    Tina

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    RTalloni 

    7 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks, Bud Gallant. Glad it was inspiring to you--hope to see one of your project hubs one day.

    Appreciate that you stopped by with your comment.

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    Bud Gallant 

    7 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

    Wow... That is a great project! So many people just throw out older furniture that they could breathe life back into. You've definitely inspired me to see things differently with this hub.

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    RTalloni 

    7 years ago from the short journey

    Thank you, Danette Watt. Maybe you could show us some of your friend's creations in a hub--yes, that's a hint. :)

    So appreciate your visit and input!

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    Danette Watt 

    7 years ago from Illinois

    What a transformation from ugly to beautiful! I have a friend who can also take a piece of Goodwill furniture and revamp it to make it look brand new.

    Great photos, helps a lot. Voted up and useful

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    RTalloni 

    7 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks bunches.

    Appreciate your visit and comments.

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    Susan Zutautas 

    7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    The dresser came out beautiful and I really like how you stenciled each drawer. Great Job!

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    RTalloni 

    7 years ago from the short journey

    There really is, Eddwen! Thank you kindly for stopping by with your comment. :)

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    Eiddwen 

    7 years ago from Wales

    What a transformation . Wow !! There is something so satisfying about transforming a scruffy cupboard to a a piece of such beauty.

    Take care

    Eiddwen.

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    RTalloni 

    7 years ago from the short journey

    Thank you, Brinafr3sh. So glad you liked it and I appreciate that you visited the hub and left your comment.

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    Brinafr3sh 

    7 years ago from West Coast, United States

    Hi RTalloni,

    This is a great activity, for refinishing a dresser draw. I like the idea, it's like new again. Nice, thanks.

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    RTalloni 

    7 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks kindly for stopping by and commenting. Glad you enjoyed seeing the dresser.

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    ournote2self 

    7 years ago

    Great job on the dresser! It look amazing!

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    RTalloni 

    7 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks much. :)

    Appreciate that you visited and commented after reading. :)

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    iZeko 

    7 years ago

    Nice job! And I’m glad that the smell was stopped by the camera lens ;-))

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    RTalloni 

    7 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks kindly, Chatkath. I hope you do give it a try for working new life into old furniture makes for a satisfying project. Something tells me yours would turn out beautifully! Would love to see it, and if you do a hub on it, let me know so I can link it here.

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    Kathy 

    7 years ago from California

    Wow, you are quite talented R., I was just thinking about the work refinishing furniture - my sister has always been the painter. I would love to try something like this though! Bookmarked and Rated up!

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