Before & After: Sarah’s Striped Dresser

Today’s first before & after comes from Sarah of Trevi Vintage Design. After picking up a sad little white dresser at Goodwill and decided to save it from its chipped-paint and missing-knob existence. After sanding down the entire piece (using an orbital sander) to expose the natural wood, Sarah stained the drawer fronts with Minwax Poly Shades in Bombay Mahogany Gloss and primed the rest of the dresser with a shellac-based primer (B-I-N Brand). With the help of some painters tape, she painted the colorful stripes around the entire piece, sanding between each coat. To keep the final look neutral, Sarah used 1.25 Inch Rowland Cabinet Knobs (only 98 cents each at Home Depot!) and stained them with the same Bombay Mahogany Gloss. Last but not least, she added tapered legs (purchased on eBay) and stained them to match the rest of the piece. I love the finished result and think it’s definitely a far cry from the sad little white piece sitting alone at the Goodwill. Great job, Sarah! xo, grace

*P.S.: It turns out Sarah’s talented sister Diana was on D*S back in 2007! This family has some talented women.


LOVE! The natural drawers and striped case are awesome and I love the color.


Nicely done! I love that you brought back the natural wood and combined the stripes. I would love this in my home studio!

Debbie 4id

WOW love this, I bet quite a bit of blood, sweat and tears went into this but worth it for the end result. Well done! I particularly love the striped back wood. Stunning!


I LOVE THIS!! that wood was in great condition under all of those layers of paint!

Ben - Old English Company

Really great look and finish. I’ve been trying to do the same with the cheaper Ikea table and drawers, but this is definitely the way to go… giving old drawers a new life!


i am in love with this diy. i would love to try something like this for myself! :)


This is so adorable. I love the addition of the legs too. I’ve never really been a fan of furniture that sits flat on the floor and after living in a pre-war apartment with sloped floors… Yikes! So, yeah, I’m totally into adding (good!) legs to furniture.


Absolutely amazing! I love this. What a great eye for the potential. Wish I could come up with this on my own but oh well, just have to steal the idea for myself.


This is amazing. I need to do this. Thank you for the inspiration! It’s always appreciated. :)



What a fabulous idea! I so often see beautiful wooden dressers in thrift stores (or alley ways) with damaged tops/sides, but the drawer fronts are pristine — what I great way to capitalize on potential!


how did you know there was natural wood underneath, rather than cheap particle board?


So nice Sarah. I really like the colors that you chose and the extra height you gave the piece.


New life to old stuff what could be better. Having a regard for discards is so neat. Like the facelift and modern punch.


Its really cute, i would try one for my home too


This is soooo cool- what a transformation. Now I will spend the next hour scouring Trevi Vintage Design website! Oh, the webisphere!


The gold-dipped legs are beautifully done. I think the legs give the dresser a mid-century feel! Great work!


I’m totally going to try something like this.