Vintage Dresser Refinish Project

Last weekend we were out garage saling on Friday as usual. I was super distracted because I had gotten an email about bidding on a large job out of the country and I was a little overwhelmed. We cut the day short and decided to head home because we weren’t having the best of luck. As we were driving home we see an estate sale sign (this one wasn’t listed on the normal site I use to map our route). We decided to stop in and drive down a long and dusty dirt road and find this tiny green farmhouse. We didn’t actually have high hopes for it based on the looks of the outside. Inside it looked exactly like you would image a Grandma’s house looking like. It was a family-run estate sale so the prices were really good. I made it through the whole house without finding a thing until I went in the last room and found this pretty little dresser. It was solid wood, had really cool original hardware and was only priced at $10! And as a bonus, it would fit in the car without having to come back with the truck.


I have been painting nearly everything in my house a creamy cottage white lately, so I wanted to try something different! I picked out “Totally Black” by Behr in their Alkyd variety and I used that to paint the trim, top and do the stenciling ( I did call my husband in and tell him I was having second thoughts like 5 times but I didn’t go back to creamy white). I decided to do stenciling on the front and on the sides on the drawers. I went to Michael’s and picked out 5 different stencils, I wanted a boho pattern for the front and then birds on the sides. I decided that I hate stencils. I tried using sponge brushes and small craft brushes and with both I got bleed outside the lines. So for the sake of honesty I did birds on several other drawers but I’m only showing my favorite ones! I actually bought both bronze and copper spray paints for the hardware but decided on the copper because I liked it as accent (also ties in really well with other pops of copper I have in house). The hardware on this pieces is really interesting, it actually has 9 different pieces – 4 screws, the pull, the little metal risers and the marbled plastic washer-type things in the very back. I love the contrast of the bright copper with the wood and black. I am super happy that I did decide to keep natural wood on the drawers and side panels because it really worked great! I didn’t intend on having this piece in the living room but it was the exact dimensions of what I needed for that spot so it gets to stay!