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.
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 a fresh new look! Today we’ll discuss how to paint and stain an antique dresser.
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Here we are after getting the dresser loaded (it barely fit). Haha! My helper is such a cutie.
Prep the Antique Dresser
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.
Stain the Antique Dresser Top
Prime and Paint the Antique Dresser
Next up, the drawer fronts were sanded and the areas that were going to be painted were first primed with my favorite shellac primer.
(See priming before/after below…)
The drawers and the decorative parts of the body were painted with about 2 coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and left to dry. Next they were sanded and lightly distressed, and then protected with clear wax applied with a lint free cloth. Tip: When distressing, lightly sand over the edges of details (edges, lines, curves) with 320-grit sandpaper to accentuate them more. See how it looks further below in the After photos.
Below, sections are taped off in preparation for painting.
Finally, the remaining wood areas (the sides, legs, and between the drawers) were given a good wipe down with hemp oil applied with a lint free cloth. It helps revive dry wood and makes it look oh-so-pretty again.
Here’s how this painted and stained antique dresser looks now:
And here’s a closer look at that beautiful top with the new walnut stain:
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.
Does anyone else see the face below? Ha!
The details and trim really pop after being painted and sanded.
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. Update: It sold.
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.
Friend, I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial for how to paint and stain an antique dresser for beautiful results.
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!
Also, it’s Furniture Fixer Uppers day again, which means 5 more creative makeovers to inspire you.
Below are the Before photos – visit the links underneath to see the Afters and learn how they did it: