The piles of clothing on the floor were the first clue that I needed some additional clothes storage. I had two criteria: I didn’t want to spend more than $200, and I wanted something attractive. That budget pretty much meant I was looking for a DIY. I stumbled upon this dresser at a consignment shop in Westport, Connecticut, where it was marked down to $65 from $120. Let’s just say that I’m used to New York City prices, so my response was to dash to the register. It was missing big chunks of veneer, so I decided it needed a paint job. I knew that I wanted a masculine look, so I mined the Before & After archives and combined my favorites into a single piece. No more clothes on the floor. — Amy Azzarito
Cost: $170 — The dresser was $65, and the wood filler was $3. I used an Annie Sloan paint and wax, which was about $80. Spray paint for the hardware was about $4. The Metal Leaf Adhesive Size, Water-based Sealer for Metal Leaf and the Metal Leaf were about $18.
1. Remove the dresser hardware and apply wood filler to the missing pieces of veneer. Once the wood filler is dry, lightly sand the entire piece. (For tips see Before & After Basics: Wood Filler.)
2. Apply a thin coat of paint. (I decided to use the Annie Sloan chalk paint after consulting with Barb from Knack Studios. Even though it was more expensive, it gave me a matte finish, and I didn’t need to use primer; apparently, I didn’t even need to sand. I was extremely impressed — it went on smoothly and easily and dried quickly.)
3. Repeat step 2 until the furniture piece is covered. I applied approximately four thin coats. I only used about half a quart, so I still have plenty left for another project.
4. Once the paint is dry, apply the Annie Sloan clear wax using an old pair of nylons.
5. While the paint was drying, I spray painted the hardware a metallic silver.
6. Once the paint was dry, I silver leafed the edge. I had seen copper leaf in this Before & After and wanted to try silver. It was a little tricky, but I love the result. One tip is to use painter’s tape — I didn’t and definitely regretted it!
7. Finally, I lined the drawers with vintage wallpaper from Liberty of London. (For tips see Before & After Basics: Fancy Drawers.)