Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Too short, right? Mine too! It was short but I got a lot done and I ended up checking two out of the three things off of my weekend warrior project list, one of which being making over the $15 campaign dresser I got from Goodwill:
I painted the top, front, and sides with the same white paint (Olympic One Primer + Paint in One) that I used to paint the top of my dresser turned entertainment center and I painted the drawer fronts with the same Indigo Streamer navy blue paint that I used on my console table makeover. I used Brasso to shine up the hardware and styled the top with items I had lying around.
I started the makeover by cleaning the entire dresser twice with some Method cleaner and then once more with some Goo Gone (it was so dirty and randomly sticky ... gross!). After it was "clean," I removed all of the original hardware and set it aside so I could start filling all of the dings, dents, scratches, etc. with wood filler.
After every nook and cranny was filled, I let it everything dry and harden overnight so I could turn my attention towards cleaning up the hardware:
Despite being a little dirty and patinated, the hardware was actually in pretty good condition and didn't have many scratches on it.
To clean it up, I bought a bottle of Brasso and poured a generous amount into an old tupperware container (that I later threw out). Then I dipped each bracket in the Brasso (patinated side down) until everyone was swimming in the Brasso pool.
I let the hardware soak for about 25 minutes and when I went to check on it, some of the pieces had turned blue!
I'm assuming it's because the Brasso was reacting to the patina but I got a little worried to be honest haha
My tupperware container wasn't large enough for the handles to swim in so I squirted a little of the Brasso onto each handle and rubbed it around the surface:
I let the handles sit for about 10 minutes before I wiped them off. After all of the hardware was clean and Brasso-free, I headed back out to the garage so I could start sanding everything down. And by I, I mean my boyfriend :)
Once everything was sanded and the dust was wiped off, I started to prime the dresser drawers with the same white paint that I painted the entire body of the dresser with. I don't think this step was necessary but I only had a little sample pot of navy paint and I didn't want to risk having the yellow show through.
After the primer dried, I applied my first coat of Indigo Streamer:
The drawers were looking pretty awful at this point but they looked much better after the second (and third!) coat of paint went on and they were put back in the dresser:
I'm on the fence about the styling but I was working with what I had. I think it works for now (although I don't like the patriotic theme) but I'm sure I'll be changing it next week haha
Want to see what happened behind the scenes?
All of my boys piled onto the bed to watch me take photos :)
So cute! Anyway, back to the dresser:
The hardware isn't perfect but I don't think it ever will be unless I were to spray paint it gold. I like how the imperfections give the piece character though so I'm leaving it as-is :)
Guess how much I spent on the makeover? Less than $10!!! $9.49 to be exact :)
- $2.94 for a sample pot of Valspar's Indigo Streamer
- $3.06 for a quarter of the quart of white paint I used to paint the dresser and prime the drawers with (the entire quart was $12.24)
- $3.49 for a bottle of Brasso
I paid $14.99 for the dresser so the added $9.49 makeover cost brings the total cost of the dresser to $24.48!!!
Ready for some before and afters?
It's crazy how much better a piece of furniture can look with a little elbow grease and a fresh coat of paint!
What do you think of the makeover? What weekend projects did you get done?