Monday, October 10, 2011

Dresser - Before and After!

I found this old maple dresser in my father-in-laws basement and thought it had some real potential!
It was a mess but after lots of stripping, sanding staining, painting, distressing and antiquing I live it!


It's new home - at least for now!


  1. I have a dresser that is similar and would love to finish it similar to what you have done. I do have a quick question: How did you finish the bottom half of the dresser? I have searched the web but I have not been able to find any directions.

  2. Emilee - I lightly sanded and then cleaned the bottom of dresser with TSP. I put 2 coats of primer - BIN Shellac Based Ultimate Stain Blocker. I painted 2 coats of Sherwin Williams semi-gloss #1004 pure white. I chose that color because it is the color of the woodwork in my house and I had it on hand! After the paint dried I distressed it using sandpaper along the edges etc. I then took Minwax Special Walnut Stain and applied it to the areas I distressed and then using an old t-shirt I just wiped some of the stain across the surfaces of the dresser. After the stain dried I applied one coat of Minwax Polycrylic. Good luck with your dresser!

  3. super cute! You did an amazing job!

  4. how did you get the top of it looking so fabulous?!?

  5. Wow. Found you on Better After. Great job! It looks amazing!!! :)