Easy Dresser Update

easy.dresser.updateThis dresser was a happy thrift store find for me – I love the Mid Century Modern look since I was a kid and have incorporated quite a bit of it into my home.  This actually matches a nightstand we have that we found in North Carolina, however it was in rougher shape and needed some updating.  So, I broke out my trusty spray paint and lo and behold, there is that red again from the previous post onthe nursery, Paper Airplane Mobile, I told you it was a theme in this room!

dresser.beforeEric is such a good sport – I can’t tell you how often he gets a text from me when I am in a second hand store that goes something like this, “This would work perfectly in _________ (insert room name here), don’t you think?”  It always is accompanied by a photo.  This just happens to be one of those photos.  I think I scored this dresser for $20.

dresserWhen I got it home it sat in the garage for a while (surprised? I’m not!).  Then, I cleaned it up, took out all the drawers, and sanded each one to remove the top layers of beat up finish.

drawer.beforeNext, I taped the sides of the drawer with paper, to protect the edges.  Though in hindsight, this was not necessary as I was neat and tidy and did not spray red everywhere.

spray.paintTo paint 6 drawers I ended up going through 2 or 3 cans of this bright red lacquer spray paint.  It left a nice smooth and durable finish that is perfect for furniture.

painted.drawersAfter several coats and some drying time, my dresser was ready to assemble and moved into the nursery.  It now houses diapers, baby clothing, and a changing table attached to the top.  This dresser is so stylish that I may steal it back from my son at some point in the future!


Published by Chelsea

Art teacher by day. Mother of 2 - day and night. Thrifter, crafter, artist, baker, chef, and DIYer in free time.

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