before and after :: a two-toned vintage dresser

This was a really fun dresser to work on.  I’d been on the hunt for a dresser that was plain enough to jazz up with two-toned paint, but not so plain it lacked character.IMG_0184ss

This dresser was pretty beat up when I found it but was exactly what I had been looking for.  And the beat up ones make for the best before and afters, right?

The clear coat was chipped enough that I skipped the sanding and went straight for the stripper.  What I found hiding under the clear coat was the driest, cracked wood I’ve yet to work with.


After a moment of panic, I ran to the store for some wood grain filler.  I slathered it down with the stuff and all the tiny cracks vanished (tutorial coming!).


And in the end, you’d never guess it wasn’t a brand new piece of furniture.  Love it when that happens.  :)




The paint colors are BM’s Chantilly Lace and Dawn Pink.IMG_0157ss

It’s available and in the shop!

16 Responses to before and after :: a two-toned vintage dresser

  1. Kerri 06/17/13 at 7:28 pm #

    Wow! This is adorable! I love how you angled the pink at the top- perfect!
    xo Kerri at HollyMuffin

  2. Emily Clark 06/17/13 at 7:35 pm #

    Really cute! Looks like a completely different piece.

  3. Janna 06/17/13 at 8:14 pm #

    The angled top makes this piece! So good!

  4. Vanessa 06/17/13 at 8:54 pm #

    This piece turned out beautiful!!! Love the design you created.

  5. Julia Miller 06/17/13 at 9:13 pm #

    What a huge change! Love the diagonal on top!

  6. 06/17/13 at 9:29 pm #

    Thanks, Emily!

  7. 06/17/13 at 9:29 pm #

    Thanks, Janna!!

  8. 06/17/13 at 9:30 pm #

    Thanks, Julia! Good to see you’re back at it!

  9. Chrissie 06/18/13 at 1:50 am #

    Beautiful transformation!

  10. Allison 06/18/13 at 3:05 am #

    That is a fun dresser! Beautiful!

  11. Jenny@EvolutionofStyle 06/18/13 at 2:08 pm #

    LOVE IT! I am planning on giving my daughter’s dresser a facelift, and this is such a clever way to spruce up an otherwise plain piece. Well done!

  12. Amelia @ House Pretty 06/19/13 at 3:59 pm #

    Love it! Especially with the pink :)

  13. Oona 06/26/13 at 4:57 pm #

    It turned out great! That pink is so pretty and I love the angled top. Super fun!

  14. Marcee ... ILLINOIS 06/27/13 at 8:05 pm #

    Wow … simply gorgeous Natalie. For your little girl right? Totally sweet w/the pale pink & white.

    “Found” your blog 5 minutes ago. Looks like it’s right up my alley …. haa!

  15. Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating 07/06/13 at 2:48 am #

    Love what you did with this. It really does make a difference to give that fairly simple dresser a wow factor. Since I live with two guys, I never get to paint anything pink. But I have … um … quite a few pieces of furniture in my basement waiting for a makeover. I’m finally ready to start painting pieces to sell, rather than just pieces for myself and relatives.

    We have a pretty plain oak bedroom suite that was handed down from relatives and used to be in my son’s room. Over the past year or two I’ve painted the nightstand, the bed, and now I’m ready for the dresser. I’ve decided to go pink, and jazz it up with some girly knobs.

  16. M 07/13/13 at 9:24 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE that you made this look like new. I wonder why so many people’s idea of repurposing some old furniture implies making sure it looks old and used. What’s wrong with giving it a perfect finish, as you did?

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