{lazy girl’s guide to quick make-over AKA fab new little dresser}

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Ok, i have to admit that this is a completely lazy – probably not the right way – super quick little dresser re-do.  But i would also have to admit that this is how i do most of my little re-do’s :)  And so far it’s worked for me!

**Disclaimer!  If this piece was to get a lot of use/wear and tear then i would have done a little sanding to rough up the last layer of paint and i would have put a top coat of poly**

One of the things that i was drawn to when i found this little dresser ($30 @ goodwill) was the shotty paint job and the many layers of paint that it already had.  You cant see in the pics, but there is brush marks all over – i LOVE that!  That is what, to me, add so much character, and even though i don’t think its that old, all those past layers of paint make it look like it has history.  Plus, it has casters and who can resist old squeaky casters?!

Ok, on to the re-do.  I didn’t sand at all, i didn’t even wipe it down (how lazy am i?!)

Before…it was white, but yellow white and it was very dirty.

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I took off all the old hardware, spray painted them white (Rustoleum flat white), i didn’t prime those either.

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I just used a 2 in brush to paint the whole thing – i used Valspar semi-gloss white.  I only painted one coat because it covered well – i got lucky that it was already white.

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You can see here the difference in the two whites

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After i got it all painted i decided that i wanted to all a little somthin-somthin to this cute little dresser – so i went with a little bird & branch stencil that i got a while ago (stencil from Stampin’ Up)

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I didn’t want to get paint all over the stencil, and i didn’t want a “stenciled” look, so i just traced the outline of the stencil and then filled it in with an “oops” paint that i have had layin around.  Super easy, took me about 10 minutes.

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For the little wing i just mixed the paint with with a little bit of white.  The pencil mark blended into the paint – just so you know…

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After all that was done i tried to just use my normal 60 grit sand block to distress the cabinet but with so many layers of paint i had to get out the palm sander.  I love the distressing part the best – some people read books to relax – i bust out some sandpaper :)

I try to hit all the high marks on the furniture – some people say only to distress where it would normally get marked up with wear and tear, but for me, the more distressed the better.  I sand everywhere i can – i love how it brings out all the details in the furniture that otherwise would probably go unnoticed.

I know so many people are intimidated by taking sandpaper to your freshly painted piece, but if you don’t like it you can always repaint, right?

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When i distressed all the edges, i also sanded the little birdy down so it didn’t look so freshly painted… the handles also got a little distressing

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Perfectly distressed edges – look at the cute little detailing around the drawers – love it!!!

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Look at those castors and those little spindly legs – makes my heart go all a flutter :)

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Well that’s its, no pre-sanding, no pre-cleaning, no top coat, no paint stripping.  This is my easy (and yes a little lazy) way to give something old and dingy a new life :)


**This was from my monthly guest post over @ Remodelaholic a couple of weeks ago**

36 replies
  1. Gifts of Serendipity
    Gifts of Serendipity says:

    A little birdy told me it was all spruced up and somewhere to go!
    Great job, it makes me look at an old dresser I have in the guest room in a whole different light.


  2. Trish @ A dream house for Trish
    Trish @ A dream house for Trish says:

    I love it!!! what a fabulous make over, now it looks like a treasured piece…Well done :0)

  3. Crystal
    Crystal says:

    It looks great! I'm going to admit I wasn't sure about the bird……..I'm sorry now! The bird was a perfect touch!

  4. Amy
    Amy says:

    Oh come on…. that is amazing. Love it, want one, and how is it you all find these fab dressers and such for so cheap! the good will and craigslist where i live are insane… In fact even garage sales around me are highway robbery. I saw an adorable little sewing table last weekend in a stinkin' yard sale… I was thinking I would pay maybe 10. 15 at the most…. THe lady was thinking 90…. she told me she would drop it to 70 for me… HA HA thanks. needless to say the cute little sewing table stayed on her front lawn…. : (

  5. Mel P
    Mel P says:

    I love this dresser! The bird is pefection. I've been on the look out for ideas to refinish a dresser and this one is truly inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Carrie
    Carrie says:

    Wow! I love what you've done here. This has to be one of my fave redo's EVER!! When I first saw the pic of the birdie stencil I thought, "hmmm… not too sure about that". But WOW! The birdie was meant for that dresser. You had a vision and it totally worked out! Love that!

  7. bullie_mama
    bullie_mama says:

    I'm glad to know I'm not the only lazy one when it comes to repainting something old! HA! It turned out really cute!

  8. Tricia
    Tricia says:

    We have the same style of painting-very little prep work..who has time! You sure know how to rock the distressed look…I luv to sand too….more rustic the better!

  9. 1 Funky Woman
    1 Funky Woman says:

    Oh I love the bird on it! What a great find for $30.00. I would have nabbed it too! I see a little of your wall paint in the background. Could you tell me what it is?

  10. Kim @ Starshine Chic
    Kim @ Starshine Chic says:

    It's just so darn cute!!!! And I loves me an easy redo. I'm all over that. Your little dresser turned out fabulicious!!!

  11. cushycottage
    cushycottage says:

    i love what you did to the dresser. cute birdie. i'm never lucky to find treasures in goodwill. gotta keep looking!

  12. Sherry @ No Minimalist Here
    Sherry @ No Minimalist Here says:

    The dresser is so adorable! I love that you painted on the little bird. I just saw your home tour on Remodelaholic and all I can say is …Fabulous!

  13. Pamela Rosenberg
    Pamela Rosenberg says:

    How pretty is that? Thanks for the distressing details. I work with painted furniture quite a bit but I have gone for a more contemporary look. I really like this and I adore the bird and that you painted him in a grey for an almost monochromatic look. Nicely done.

  14. jayayceeblog
    jayayceeblog says:

    So so beautiful. Love the piece itself, those legs! But your finishing touches with the bird and branch and all the sanding … perfection!

  15. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    I have a really old dresser like this – great details…on wooden wheels!! I love it, but now I’m thinking of painting it all because of your beautiful projects!! Thank you!

  16. Meegan
    Meegan says:

    I just love this little dresser! I am excited to be sharing it as one of My Friday Fave Pins later today on my blog :)
    Thanks for the inspiration!


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