My Revamped Dresser

As I said yesterday I finally finished my thrift store dresser!!! It started out pretty dinged up and dingy, but it had great lines and character. I picked it up for a mere $9.99.
I used the awesome non-toxic Mythic paint on this project. Did you know that Mythic paint can color match? I just went to Home Depot and found a color I liked (Frosted Pine by Glidden, if you were wondering) and they color matched it for me. By the way, huge shout out to Cheri from It’s So Very Cheri for hooking me up with this awesome paint!

Once the dresser had been primered and given a couple coats of Mythic it was ready to distress. Yes I said distress! I was debating the other day whether I should distress this piece or not, but once I started on the dresser I realized that the piece had several blemishes. So I decided not to try and fight the blemishes, but to work with them.
I did some light sanding on the edges, where there is natural wear and tear.
Then I slabbed on some wood stain on the sanded points. I rubbed it off after several seconds with an old t-shirt.
Once all the distressing and staining was done and dry I put a few coats of polycrylic over the whole thing. Now what about the hardware? This old brass hardware was given to me by a friend and when I saw it I knew it would be great with this dresser! I gave it a paint job with one of my faves, Heirloom White.
So enough of my rambling….time for the finished product…..
Here’s a close up of the distressing.
These knobs I got at the dollar spot at Michael’s.
I love how the painted hardware turned out!
Phew, it turned out great and I am so glad that I got to it! It’s sitting in my dining area and just waiting to be filled with extra linens and things!
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  1. This is beautiful!!! What a fantastic 10 dollar find. The hardware in HW looks perfect against the green too.

  2. Looks fab! Love th different color green you used!


  3. This came out great! Love the color and the hardware!

  4. Looks awesome, I love the color you chose!

  5. This turned out beautifully. I’m currently working on revamping two dressers and a mirror from the early 1950’s…it’s a lot of work but seeing your finished product has made me a little more excited to finish mine 🙂

  6. Gorgeous work, the distressing adds such charm and I looove the color!

  7. You made those ugly brass handles look so nice 🙂 Glad to be part of your upcycle 🙂

  8. Looks great! LOVE the color. I plan on doing this one day when I get up the encourage, but more importantly the space!

  9. Turned out great! Good tip on the paint – where do you get it?

  10. Wow – from $9.99 to looking like a million. Great color, love the distressing and I bought those knobs at Michael’s, too 🙂 Haven’t used them yet…

  11. i would love it you shared this at my party! you did a fabulous job, looks great.

  12. It is gorgeous!

  13. I love it! The color is gorgeous and I love the Heirloom white on the handles! Great job!!!


  14. This is gorgeous!!

  15. BEAUTIFUL! I love the color. I’d love to have you link this to my VIP party today!

  16. Great job! It’s a really pretty dresser and I love the color you picked. The hardware looks great too.

  17. Love the color!! The white handles are the perfect touch!

  18. What a stunning transformation. I recently discovered how much I love distressing as well. I can’t wait to do it again. It’s addictive.

  19. I really need to get more into painting. I’ve had not very good luck in the past. Seeing great jobs like this prompts me to try again. Thanks for sharing!

  20. What a steal for $9.99! You really worked magic on it…so pretty!

  21. Fantastic transformation! Love the color!

    Warm Wishes,

  22. Oh, how wonderful!! I’m actually pondering redoing an old dresser of ours (used to be my husband’s Mom’s so has sentimental value); it’s in good shape and actually holds a lot but it’s this dark cherry finish that doesn’t go in our room. Thank you for the inspiration; this will help when I’m ready to take on that project, lol!

  23. I love it! As I was looking at your before picture, I realized that I have that EXACT SAME dresser and the matching desk sitting in my basement collecting dust! Now that I see how gorgeous your project turned out, I’m super excited to get mine all spruced up!

  24. 10 BUCKS?!?! What a find – it’s gorgeous! I love the color and the painted hardware is just perfect – great job! JenT

  25. The white handles look like lace adorning it. Lovely. I need to start looking for neat dressers at thrift stores. Thank you so much for sharing and I will definitely have to give that paint a try. I don’t like fumes.

  26. Well, you surely did your best. Beautiful


  28. This is really beautiful! I’m looking for a dresser to revamp for our bedroom redo! Wish I had scored this diddy for $9.99 – GREAT FIND!

  29. What an amazing find and transformation!! I can not get over the fact that you got this for $9.99. Lucky you! Send me some of that thrift store karma 🙂

  30. such a beauty! Love the knobs with the key!

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