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Before & After: Paint it Pretty Vintage Dresser

Looking for that super cute, unique piece of perfection to finish off your room design but just can’t seem to find it? Well, maybe it’s time to start searching craigslist, garage sales or estate sales for furniture that can easily go from drab to fab in a few easy steps. After a handful of phone calls to sellers, I finally found a vintage triple dresser that was calling my name. It was in perfect condition, and I knew with a fresh coat of paint this piece would be awesome! What I was looking for…

1. Hardware that could be removed
2. Good surface condition (less sanding involved)
3. Well constructed (this one has dove-tailed drawers)

First, I removed the drawers from the body of the dresser, and then I removed the hardware. I used a white gloss spray paint for metal surfaces for the handles. I then primed, lightly sanded and re-primed the dresser body and drawers. Once that dried, I applied a first coat of spray paint (Valspar – Avocado Green). If you end up with any drips or uneven coverage, lightly sand with very fine grit sandpaper. Wipe off any dust before applying your next layer of paint. Repeat these steps until your piece is entirely covered. Once the final coat of paint was dry, I applied a layer of gloss polyureathane as a top coat to help protect the surface.

Here is the before…

The during…

 The after!

Do you have a piece of furniture you’ve painted for your child’s room or any DIY tips that you want to share? We want to hear all about it!

Melissa Moore

Sunday 24th of February 2013

I just bought the EXACT same dresser! It is so lovely! Thanks for showing what you did with yours!


Sunday 12th of August 2012

Hi.... great job on the dresser. I love it! I have a few pieces that need a "makeover". I just posted a blog about a few projects I want to start and looking for tips and advice. feel free to check it out at




Monday 13th of February 2012

How many cans of spray paint did you use for this project? Spray paint is quite expensive in my part of the world, and I have no idea how big a surface one can could solve for me.


Friday 10th of February 2012

Coasting Anon, Your ship dresser looks amazing! What a great idea to use the decal as a stencil.

Coasting anon

Thursday 9th of February 2012

One of these days I'll upload pics of the whole room now that it is finished (some how having baby number two has left us with no spare time, go figure)...but here's the link to the reverse stencil dresser I did for my son's big-boy bedroom along with a complete step-by-step description: