Makeover dresser found in burn pile. 

Hello! It’s been awhile since I blogged but I’ve been non-stop for months. This week I was able to work on some of my own projects which is very rare. I’m going to show you how I turned this unwanted dresser into a chic piece. I found this piece with a friend in a burn pile ready to be burned! How sad! Actually my friend spotted it first underneath all sorts of junk! The original drawers have been broken and no good! I knew right away with some love this piece had potential. Here is a photo of the burn pile…..

First, I cleaned & vacummed every little detail and corner. I made sure there wasn’t any hidden animals living inside. Ha! Here is a before picture…..

Second, I decided to strip the top and I discovered a new layer of paint in a light pretty coral color. I decided to stop and use that color as a layering piece & slightly sanded off some of the white layer.

Next, I chose Paris Grey ASCP and painted the entire piece with just a light wash of gray on top. I wanted to make sure the coral color would show through.

Then, I went to Lowes with the measurements of where I wanted the shelves. I had them cut 3 pieces of particle board to fit inside. I had to purchase an entire sheet and came home with the extra. I painted these grey too. I also purchased pretty trim that I cut to size.

After, I nailed the boards in the corners I glued the trim. I painted & distressed the entire piece including trim.

The last shelf was giving me a hard time. I had to use wood filler to even everything out. Overall this project to a few days and a lot of elbow grease! I spent about $20 in materials. The dresser was free. I really love how it came out. I’m going to find some cute baskets to put inside shelves. This piece is not for sale. I hope this inspires to think twice about throwing away a dresser. Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated!

Small dresser makeover

  • I had the privilege to paint a cool piece of furniture for a customer. This is the before pictureimage I will share what I used for this transformation.
  • First, I painted two coats of Coco color ASCP.
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  • Next, I painted the detail wood with a very small paint brush old white ASCP.
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  • Then, I clear waxed entire piece. I layered the old white with a dark wax.
  • While the piece was drying I painted the handles old white, clear wax then dark wax. (In that order)
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After everything was dry. I used a very small amount of Pure white color to get a white washed look on top of the Coco color.


That is all! The process took about a week to finish. What do you think? Let me know your thoughts. Thanks for reading my blog. Scroll down below to see my current items for sale at Wagon Wheel Antique Mall.


Dresser makeover

I had the privilege of transforming a dresser that needed a lot of tender loving care. I’m going to show you with a little bit of elbow grease …well actually a lot of elbow grease you too can transform an ugly dresser into your favorite piece of furniture. This dresser was in rough shape meaning a horrible painting job.

First, I had to use Tuff- Stripp to strip the paint off. You can get this at any local hardware store. I wore gloves and used my pool deck to do this process. *warning* This stuff stinks real bad.

Next, I used a plastic scraper and scraped off the paint. I repeated this step several times until I got the results I wanted. image

Then, I sanded and cleaned the piece with mineral spirits.

I started painting the piece a coco color because I wanted a two toned look. I waited to dry. Then I applied the graphite color over the coco.image

I decided to paint the side of drawers a coco color for added flair. I used frog tape so the paint colors will not overlap.


The last step was to seal with a clear wax. Apply the wax with a brush and take off excess with a cotton rag.

This piece is a Stanley furniture priced at $499. It is at Wagon Wheel Antique Mall Ocala, Florida. Thank you for reading my blog.


I hope everyone is having a Jolly season!

How to transform a small dresser


I love transforming furniture! I’m going to show you a thrift store side table/filing cabinet turned into a fabulous piece for your home. This piece can be used as a filing cabinet or side dresser.

  • I cleaned the furniture with a simple damp rag and took out the hardware. The top base comes off which was also a unique feature.
  • I used old white Annie Sloan chalk paint and for the drawers I mixed my own color. I came up with a blue/green minty shade which I fell in love with. I applied two coats of each shade and let dry in between.image
  • Next, I slightly sanded to give a distress look. I used two coats of clear wax to seal the color in.
  • While everything was drying I worked on the top part. I decided to stain it in a dark walnut finish. I applied the stain with a brush and waited a few minutes and used a cloth to wipe off in the same direction as the grain. It took 2 days for the top base to completely dry before putting the clear coat.I used clear Polycrylic in satin to seal the top base. I used two coats and let dry in between.
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  • Now it was time to put new handles since one was broken from the set when I first got the piece.photo (39)
  • Just a side note this was the hardest part in my opinion of the entire process. I searched at all the local home improvements store and had no luck finding the size I needed! I went to Hobby Lobby and they had one set out of all their handles and knobs that fit. Then, after finding the right handles the screws that came with it did not work because they were too short. I ended up at True Value Hardware store and an angel that looked like a leprechaun helped me find the screws I needed. It took two trips for that one! It took an entire day for this… PHEW!!
  • After putting the handles on the piece, it was finally finished and I sang a Hallelujah song! image
  • I hope this helps you with any future upcycling projects. What set backs have you had in any upcycling projects?