Already Painted Dresser Makeover

This is one of those pieces you can’t help but bring home because you know in your heart that it needs someone to give it a whole lotta love and a major overhaul… and you hope that someone is you, but it’s way past your skill level so you let it sit in your garage for like 3 years until you’re brave enough to attempt it (with some help, of course).


Painted Antique Dresser Makeover - Girl in the Garage

I got this already-painted turquoise and gold antique dresser (formerly a vanity, but without the mirror) for maybe $10.  Nowadays I almost never buy anything to redo that’s already been painted.  It is such a pain to deal with!  And this one was all scratched and chipping too.  I’m sure it had been in someone else’s garage for at least a year or two.

Painted Antique Dresser Makeover - Girl in the Garage

*Friends, it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday with some of my blogging BFFs, so be sure to check out their creative makeovers at the end of this post!   Also, this blog post contains some affiliate links so that you can easily find some of the products that I use and recommend.

My sweet hubs, aka Guy in the Garage, worked on this dresser makeover too.  He sanded with our new palm sander down to the lovely bare wood and repaired the drawers to help them slide smoothly.  Unfortunately, the little grooves were still filled with turquoise paint and the top still had a lot of scratches.

Painted Antique Dresser Makeover - Girl in the Garage

I filled the dents with wood filler, sanded, and primed the whole piece with my favorite shellac primer.  Some of the spots needed more wood filler, so I did it all a second time.

Painted Antique Dresser Makeover - Girl in the Garage

Next I painted all the little grooves on the drawers with Pure White Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan.  Then I painted the rest with Paris Grey Chalk Paint and used a small brush to get thisclose to the white areas (this part took a while).

Painted Antique Dresser Makeover - Girl in the Garage

Hubs replaced a bottom panel in one of the drawers because it had a hole in it, and I opted to line all the drawers with paper instead of painting them.  I used this pretty paper from Hobby Lobby (find similar paper online Here) and Mod Podge to add a little extra surprise inside.

Painted Antique Dresser Makeover - Girl in the Garage

After 3 years of taking up space in the garage and then all the work that went into repairing and beautifying it, here she is…

Painted Antique Dresser Makeover - Girl in the Garage

She was looking mighty lovely for the market last month.

Painted Antique Dresser Makeover - Girl in the Garage

New glass knobs add the final finishing touch to this antique dresser makeover.

Painted Antique Dresser Makeover - Girl in the Garage

Here’s a reminder of this trash to treasure transformation:

Painted Antique Dresser Makeover - Girl in the Garage

Don’t go yet!  Four of my creative blogging friends are also sharing Trash to Treasure Makeovers today.Trash to Treasure Tuesday

Below are the Before photos – click the links underneath to see the After photos and learn how they did it!

Trash to Treasure Makeovers
1. Artsy Chicks Rule
2. Prodigal Pieces
3. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
4. Bless’er House

P.S.  If you’ve stuck around to the very end of this post, you deserve to know a secret… Today is my birthday!  🙂   I’m thankful and lucky to have this life, and to share it with 4 wonderful guys.  I couldn’t ask for anything else.  <3  I hope you have a beautiful day too, my friend!

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20 Comments on Already Painted Dresser Makeover

  1. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
    October 10, 2017 at 4:24 am (8 months ago)

    Boy, was that in rough shape! So glad you didn’t give up on it, Jen. It looks fantastic!

  2. Marie
    October 10, 2017 at 8:36 am (8 months ago)

    Happy Birthday, Jen! It was a lot of work getting there but this dresser transformation is night and day – love the glass knobs too. Hope you have an awesome day!

  3. Lena
    October 10, 2017 at 8:46 am (8 months ago)

    That looks so pretty. Good job!

  4. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule
    October 10, 2017 at 11:14 am (8 months ago)

    I don’t want anything already painted either…but I do have one that was free, couldn’t pass that up! This turned out so pretty, love the stripes! 🙂 xo

  5. Linda
    October 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm (8 months ago)

    Stunning job! I was told recently that using a fine tip paint pen works wonders in those tight spaces like the lines on this dresser. Might consider it!

    • Jen
      October 19, 2017 at 7:19 pm (8 months ago)

      I’ll have to keep that in mind- thanks Linda!

  6. Barb Mattioni
    October 10, 2017 at 12:20 pm (8 months ago)

    Happy Birthday. Enjoy this special day.

  7. Marcie Lovett
    October 10, 2017 at 1:04 pm (8 months ago)

    You can see it was beautiful underneath all the horror. Now it’s magnificent!

  8. nitpicker
    October 10, 2017 at 1:04 pm (8 months ago)

    I know this will be loved again for years, thanks to your hard work (credits to GitG!), rather than sitting in a landfill. Beautiful. I love your choice of colors.
    Sending happy birthday wishes!

  9. Juanita
    October 10, 2017 at 1:27 pm (8 months ago)

    What a beautiful transformation! Thanks to you and GitG for making this a treasure once again. Happy Birthday Jen

  10. Kathleen MacEllis
    October 10, 2017 at 2:02 pm (8 months ago)

    Beautiful job on the dresser ! HAPPY BIRTHDAY , JEN ! 🎂🎁

  11. Bonnie Hipps
    October 10, 2017 at 2:32 pm (8 months ago)

    What a beautiful transformation, once again a shining star. Is there a reason you didn’t put the wheels back on? Wishing you a Happy Birthday!

  12. Mary
    October 10, 2017 at 2:58 pm (8 months ago)

    Happy birthday 💖
    Love your blog and your work!

  13. Julie Briones
    October 10, 2017 at 4:10 pm (8 months ago)

    Great job… love the colors and hardware. I just did the inside trim of drawers, too. Not easy, but love the results… both mine AND YOURS! 😉

    • Jen
      October 19, 2017 at 7:19 pm (8 months ago)

      Thank you Julie!

  14. Melva
    October 10, 2017 at 5:30 pm (8 months ago)

    Happy birthday to you!!! Hope you are enjoying your special day. Wow, what a transformation! Who would’ve thought that beauty was hiding under all that paint. Great job!

  15. Bonnie Schulte
    October 10, 2017 at 6:41 pm (8 months ago)

    Oh, Mercy! what an AMAZING job on the dresser. It is Lovely!!! Wishing you a very Happy 5 star Birthday…

  16. Kate
    October 11, 2017 at 1:42 am (8 months ago)

    What a beautiful transformation!!


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