Antique Dresser Makeover with Stain and Paint


A local thrift store posted a photo of this antique dresser on their Facebook page, and you bet I drove over there immediately – wouldn’t you?  🙂  I brought my 2-year-old son along for the fun – thankfully I have a pretty big SUV. 

DIY Thrifted antique dresser makeover with stain and Chalk Paint - a two-tone makeover tutorial by Girl in the Garage

It was on sale for about $60 I think.  It was pretty scratched up and the veneer was chipping in some places, and there were a lot of different types of wood colors and patterns which seemed kind of odd/distracting to me. 

It was the perfect candidate for an antique dresser makeover!

DIY Thrifted antique dresser makeover with stain and Chalk Paint - a two-tone makeover tutorial by Girl in the Garage

**Today is Furniture Fixer Uppers day with some of my good blogging friends – see their creative furniture makeovers at the bottom of this post.  Also, this post contains some affiliate links so you can easily find the products I use and recommend.

Here we are after getting it loaded (it barely fit).  Haha!  My helper is such a cutie.

DIY Thrifted antique dresser makeover with stain and Chalk Paint - a two-tone makeover tutorial by Girl in the Garage

After getting home, we cleaned it up and Guy in the Garage sanded the top smooth.  The wood was just gorgeous!  (Ignore the strange tree branch shadow.)

DIY Thrifted antique dresser makeover with stain and Chalk Paint - a two-tone makeover tutorial by Girl in the Garage

The back of the dresser has a stamp that says “Walnut Veneer” – the wood color was so pretty and didn’t deserve to have the good areas painted over. 

Minwax stain in Special Walnut was pretty much the perfect match.  Hubby stained the top and then sealed it with matte polyurethane.

DIY Thrifted antique dresser makeover with stain and Chalk Paint - a two-tone makeover tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Next up, the drawers were sanded and the areas that were going to be painted were first primed with my favorite shellac primer.

DIY Thrifted antique dresser makeover with stain and Chalk Paint - a two-tone makeover tutorial by Girl in the Garage

(See priming before/after below…)

DIY Thrifted antique dresser makeover with stain and Chalk Paint - a two-tone makeover tutorial by Girl in the Garage

The drawers and the decorative parts of the body were painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White, sanded and lightly distressed, and then protected with clear wax.  Below, sections are taped off in preparation for painting.

DIY Thrifted antique dresser makeover with stain and Chalk Paint - a two-tone makeover tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Finally, the remaining wood areas (the sides, legs, and between the drawers) were given a good wipe down with hemp oil.  It helps revive dry wood and makes it look oh-so-pretty again.

Here’s how this antique dresser makeover looks now:DIY Thrifted antique dresser makeover with stain and Chalk Paint - a two-tone makeover tutorial by Girl in the Garage

And here’s a closer look at that beautiful top with the new walnut stain:

DIY Thrifted antique dresser makeover with stain and Chalk Paint - a two-tone makeover tutorial by Girl in the Garage

And oh my goodness – how could I forget my favorite part?  The new patterned knobs from Hobby Lobby.  (All the heart eyes!)  Truth be told, I bought them first and then planned the rest of the antique dresser makeover around them.

DIY Thrifted antique dresser makeover with stain and Chalk Paint - a two-tone makeover tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Does anyone else see the face below?  Ha!

DIY Thrifted antique dresser makeover with stain and Chalk Paint - a two-tone makeover tutorial by Girl in the Garage

The details and trim really pop after being painted and sanded.

DIY Thrifted antique dresser makeover with stain and Chalk Paint - a two-tone makeover tutorial by Girl in the Garage

This is truly one of my new favorite pieces!  I love it so much, but sadly we don’t have a place for it in our home.  We took it to my booth at Antiques on Main (Crown Point, IN) last week.

DIY Thrifted antique dresser makeover with stain and Chalk Paint - a two-tone makeover tutorial by Girl in the Garage

And because we’re goofballs, we totally forgot to put the backsplash back on for staged photos!  So here it is in my booth with the painted backsplash attached.

DIY Thrifted antique dresser makeover with stain and Chalk Paint - a two-tone makeover tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Here’s a before-and-after of this antique dresser makeover one more time:
DIY Thrifted antique dresser makeover with stain and Chalk Paint - a two-tone makeover tutorial by Girl in the Garage

As always, I’d love to know your thoughts.  Please leave a comment below and pin/share this project so that others can be inspired too.  Thank you, friend!
– Jen

Also, it’s Furniture Fixer Uppers day again, which means 5 more creative makeovers to inspire you!

Furniture Fixer Uppers

Below are the Before photos – visit the links underneath to see the Afters and learn how they did it:

Furniture Fixer Uppers - May 20181. Just the Woods
2. Prodigal Pieces
3. The Interior Frugalista
4. Petticoat Junktion
5. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
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20 Comments on Antique Dresser Makeover with Stain and Paint

  1. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
    May 24, 2018 at 4:57 am (4 weeks ago)

    You have the cutest helper! I love it. Plus, you scored a gem and gave it a chic new look. Those details look amazing!

    Reply
  2. Christy
    May 24, 2018 at 6:59 am (4 weeks ago)

    Absolutely stunning, Jen!! And I do see the face ha ha…I did one once that looked like it had the face of a cat lol! XO

    Reply
  3. Margie
    May 24, 2018 at 7:32 am (4 weeks ago)

    Beautiful dresser! I see a flower urn. It would look so pretty with flowers and ivy spilling out of it. You do have an amazing way with decoupage. Just sayin’ what I see. It is pretty just the way it is.

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  4. Lena
    May 24, 2018 at 8:10 am (4 weeks ago)

    I love this makeover. I’m a big fan of the wood/paint combination.

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  5. Margie
    May 24, 2018 at 8:33 am (4 weeks ago)

    Beautiful dresser! I see a flower urn with beautiful flowers and ivy spilling out of it. You are so creative with decoupage. Just sayin’. Love your blog.

    Reply
  6. Marie
    May 24, 2018 at 9:39 am (4 weeks ago)

    Your little helper is adorable and looks like he was having fun with Mom! The makeover is gorgeous, Jen and I’m sure it’ll be gone in no time 🙂

    Reply
  7. m
    May 24, 2018 at 10:02 am (4 weeks ago)

    What a beautiful dresser. The wood looks so much better now!

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  8. kandice kullmann
    May 24, 2018 at 12:05 pm (4 weeks ago)

    love the paint and stain combo! Your helper is adorable!

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  9. Carolyn
    May 24, 2018 at 1:01 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Is there a reason you painted the bottom decorative strip? I think I may have left it the way it was originally. I do love the paint/stain combination look.

    Reply
  10. Cheryl Corlazzoli
    May 24, 2018 at 1:26 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I love it. And I especially love your tutorial with pictures!!!

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  11. Debra A Wise
    May 24, 2018 at 2:26 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Love the combination… it’s gorgeous! Your helper is so precious!!

    Reply
  12. Linda Henry
    May 24, 2018 at 6:25 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Ur very crafty and I like ur little helper.

    Reply
  13. Christie
    May 24, 2018 at 6:30 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Oh Lord, I love it!! It’s now one of my favorites. Fantastic work!! I think I’d have kept it even if it had to sit in the middle of my living room floor!

    Reply
  14. Terrie
    May 25, 2018 at 9:20 am (4 weeks ago)

    I think I’m in love, it’s lovely. Also gave some ideas for my own projects thanks so much Jen

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  15. Stacy
    May 26, 2018 at 11:16 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Stunning as usual!

    Reply
  16. Jennifer
    June 6, 2018 at 1:31 am (2 weeks ago)

    What a beautiful piece of furniture and you did an amazing job bringing it back to life. Oh, how I wished it were mine!!!

    Reply

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