Hand Painted Dresser with Decoupaged Drawers by Just the Woods

Vintage Painted Dresser with Surprise Drawers

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Vintage Painted Dresser with Surprise Drawers

I have to tell you that I have had this dresser in my inventory for quite some time.  It was actually reserved at one point to be customized and then became available again, no one seemed to want it.  I feared that no one could see it’s potential, at least not the potential that I could see for it.  I also had no intentions of refinishing this dresser when I did. But I scooped up an ornate buffet knowing I had no space for it, forcing me to pull this dresser out.  It had so many scratches from being moved around so much, other pieces stacked on top of it, etc. Take a look at the condition it was in when I pulled it from inventory.

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The Prep

I know that from a distance all anyone sees is ugly brown and ugly hardware.  The first step in transforming this vintage dresser was to sand the top, smoothing out the scratches as much as possible, clean, prep and vacuum out the dust from inside.  My littIe helper insisted on vacuuming out the dust. vintage dresser, unfinished dresser, dresser prep, sanding dresser for paint

Since this dresser was unplanned and will be listed for sale I decided to keep it neutral with a custom mixed rich espresso brown made by mixing Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint & Finishes Tanner Brown and Derby.  The bottom was painted in Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paints White Linen which is a creamy white.  I also decided to add an extra touch to the drawer fronts that are hiding behind the center doors by adding a pretty vintage print from my secret stash. BUT…


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Dag nabbit they don’t match!!  I waited over night until after they were completely dry to check on them and realized that they were totally off.  I had to take the bottom drawer and sand the print off with my electric sander to start all over. The second time around I decided to do the bottom drawer differently than the top and I think it works much better now.How to Decoupage Tissue Paper

For those who follow me on Facebook, in case you missed it here is the video that I posted as soon as I finished the dresser.  I’m a little quirky and I tend to ramble, so for those who stick it out with me I really do appreciate it!


This ugly duckling really transformed into a beautiful vintage painted dresser.

The Result

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The drawers really give it the extra wow factor while keeping the dresser as a whole rather neutral.decoupage, shabby chic dresser, painted dresser, vintage furniture, staten island

The entire piece was then sealed for protection with the clear Satin Protective Finish.

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