Vintage Painted Dresser with Yellow Drawers

Vintage Painted Dresser with Yellow Drawers

With snow on the way, I put my big girl pants on and managed to get this vintage dresser out of my truck, down a flight of stairs and into my shop ALL BY MYSELF! It wasn’t easy, I did it in steps and I managed to not trip and fall while doing it, considering I do have a habit of falling up the stairs. Rewinding to how I came upon this piece in the first place, it was saved from an old barn in the Catskills where it was left alone and underappreciated for its vintage appeal. It was previously used as a buffet to store linens, in this barn turned living space. Until now. the barn, catskills barn, old barn, upstate new york

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Before – Unfinished Vintage Dresser

The moment I saw this piece I fell in love with it, I’m not even sure why but I did. It’s gorgeous yet simple at the same time. I knew it wouldn’t take long for someone to claim it for their own. My customer came by with a piece of fabric from her home and we figured out a design plan for her new to be vintage painted dresserbarn-dresser-oak, vintage painted dresser, solid wood dresser, custom, staten island, new york, shabby

Prep & Paint for Painting Furniture

The vintage hardware was removed and the dresser sanded and cleaned prior to paint. The dust bunnies were vacuumed out with my shop vac and the drawers wiped clean. Here is my entire process for How to Prep Painted Furniture.unfinished-vintage-dresser, solid wood dresser, painted dresser

The decorative pieces at the bottom of the dresser had both been damaged beyond repair, so they had to be removed and the area itself repaired. damaged-details, vintage dresser, damaged pieces, staten island

The dresser was painted Cali Taupe by Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint, while the drawers were painted in Mustard for a pop of color. I recently finished a bold yellow media console and I think I’ve sparked interest in adding bold yellows, you can see that bold and cheery makeover here- Painted Media Console Sunshine Yellow. The painted dresser was lightly sanded in between each coat to achieve a smooth soft finish. sand-in-between-coats, chalk paint, pure home paint, yellow paint, staten island, shabby chic

Painting Vintage Hardware

I don’t always take photos of each stage of painting hardware, but decided to in the case of these vintage hardware pulls. The original pulls were a dark sort of bronze color. You can see my full process for painting hardware How to Clean, Prep & Paint Hardwarehardware-sanded, paint hardware, how to paint hardware, vintage hardware

Next, the pulls were painted in Storm, by Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint. This is after one very thin coat. hardware-gray-one-coat, painted hardware, vintage hardware

Here is after two coats, the second coat makes a big difference. hardware-gray

To get the metallic silver look that we are going for, I then added silver hardware opulence. hardware-silver, metallic paint, chalk paint, pure home paint, just the woods, painted hardware

The final result: vintage-painted-hardware, painted dresser, vintage furniture, vintage painted dresser, new york

Vintage Dressers = Wooden Drawer Tracks

Vintage dressers often have wooden tracks, which I love. But with wooden tracks, wood can sometimes stick. In the case of this piece, the wood doesn’t stick, but I’ve started to get into the habit of lubricating wooden tracks no matter what. Even though they don’t stick, by adding a little lubrication to them they glide so smoothly now!wooden-tracks-vintage-dresser, vintage dresser, vintage painted dresser, shabby chic, distressed, new york, staten island

I simply take a clean rag and my Daddy Vans all natural furniture wax and rub along the track of the dresser as well as the track on the bottom of the drawer.  Easy peasy. wood-tracks-daddy-vans, vintage dresser, drawers that stick

The Result – Vintage Painted Dresser with Yellow Drawers

The snowfall came and dumped a good foot and a half on us and if I had waited to get this inside I may not have finished in time. Good thing for my big girl pants 😉

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Care to see other furniture makeovers of pieces saved from the same old barn in the Catskills? Click to see this Desk Rescue in Memphis Blue post or this Eggplant Antique Parlor Table post.

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