Dresser Facelift

14 Jan

Remember my wish for a large low-boy MCM style dresser for Maeve’s room?  And how it suddenly presented itself one day? (Okay, that makes it sound like it up and walked into our house on its own. We bought it off Craigslist.) And okay, it’s a little more dowdy mid-century than modern. But we changed all that. Ithad a solid (very solid as in super heavy) structure and these lovely curved drawers on the lower six.

Inspired by the photo above, Maeve set out with sander and paint and turned her dresser into a masterpiece.  There was some frustration with certain aspects of the project.  Certainly she had her challenges waiting for the paint to dry. (This is the beginning of the DIY education that everything takes WAY longer than you want it to.) Also, she wanted new handles and I didn’t blame her.  The original ones were kind of fussy looking, so we bought some sleek squarish brushed nickel ones at Home Depot for about $2/each.  The problem was that they were just a fraction off and didn’t fit the original holes.

She used the Ultra White semi-gloss Behr paint and an ebony colored wood stain which I was concerned would be too dark, but it was just perfect.

We Brett filled the old holes and drilled new ones just above them so the filled were hidden somewhat by the handle. The photo progression below is courtesy of Maeve and the result is spectacular!  Now, if she’d only actually keep the clothes in the drawers instead of on the floor we will have really accomplished something!

 UPDATE:  I just saw this on Etsy and asked Maeve if she wanted to sell hers and make some money…like $380!  I am sure the answer is no, but just goes to show what some elbow grease can do.

Refinished Mid-Century Retro Dresser- SOLD


13 Responses to “Dresser Facelift”

  1. Heather Banks January 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Wow, what a difference! Looks amazing! Fabulous job!

    • Brandy January 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

      Thank you! It’s awesome! Maeve did a great job!

  2. Robert Scozzari January 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    I love the facelift. Nice work.

    • Brandy January 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

      Thanks. Good to get a little work done sometimes!

  3. SusieQ January 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Nice job!!!

    • Brandy January 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

      Thank you! She did a great job.

  4. TheCoffee&CraftsChronicles. January 15, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    Love this!

    • Brandy January 15, 2012 at 8:26 am #

      Thanks! More to come!

  5. Jen January 14, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    Maeve, that looks awesome! You’re project is an inspiration. 🙂

  6. Dana@Mid2Mod January 14, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    What a transformation! There’s nothing dowdy about the dresser anymore. It looks great!

    • Brandy January 14, 2012 at 10:56 am #

      It is kind of incredible. Now I am looking for one for Ainsley!

  7. jamieshehan January 14, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    It turned out great!!

    • Brandy January 14, 2012 at 10:56 am #

      Thanks! It was a great first furniture project for Maeve!

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