before and after

before & after: vintage dresser revamp

by Kate Pruitt

I’m a big fan of white-and-wood combinations on furniture, especially when they strike just the right balance of warm, rich wood and crisp, clean white accents. What I love most about this simple dresser revamp from Amy is that the dresser retains its vintage charm but seems so much more sophisticated and luxurious with its new white shell. Amy snagged this dresser for dirt-cheap because the frame was banged up, but by adding the white, she’s cleverly disguised the damage and given this dresser a sharp and stylish new look. Great job, Amy! — Kate

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Read more about Amy’s vintage dresser re-vamp after the jump!

Time: 8 hours

Cost: $15 for dresser, materials on hand

Basic Steps: This project is so easy to do — perfect for beginner DIYers. Simply remove all drawers from dresser. Wipe down the dresser’s frame with a damp cloth to remove any dust and dirt. Once the frame is dry (about 10 minutes), apply a thin coat of primer (you should still see some of the wood showing through). Leave primer to dry (about 30 minutes). Then, apply two to three even coats of white paint (leaving time for the dresser to dry between each coat).

My advice is to select a semi-gloss or high-gloss paint finish for this project! The sheen hides a multitude of sins, and it enhances the contrast of the rich wood and bright white-painted finishes. — Amy

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