Dresser Face Lift

Posted by on Dec 29, 2013 in Uncategorized | 22 Comments

So we’ve had this sad looking, heavy-as-sin, oak dresser for a while now with big plans to make it suck less (pic at our old apartment).

Hey there, sexy.

Nicole picked it up a few years ago from a family for whom she was nannying. We’d just moved back to the states and were in need of a dresser, so we went for it, told ourselves we’d make it pretty, and then used it as is for about three years. It might be hard to appreciate just how ugly it was. The finish was peeling in spots, lots of water damage, sun damage, etc.

Pure, golden, jaundice laden sex appeal

Having just gotten through a few major house projects (concrete countertops and open shelving), it was time for a smaller, more fun project. Time to take this sorry, jaundice afflicted dresser to super hip town.

Begin the sanding.

You like that?

In a nutshell, I took the dresser apart, sanded, applied Briwax (dark brown) to the frame, and sprayed white lacquer on the drawers.

Wish I had a garage

And here’s the finished product. It’s pretty dope. Sorry there aren’t really any process photos. I only have so many hands.

HELLO BOYS

Mmmm, chocolaty.

I didn’t know you had it in you.

If needed, I can post a more in-depth guide on this sort of thing. But someone would first have to read this.

 

22 Comments

  1. Marcela
    February 16, 2014

    Read it! Saw it in person! Before and after! It looks amaaaaaazing!

  2. Scott
    February 16, 2014

    Thanks Marcella ;-)

  3. Pat
    February 21, 2014

    Hello-
    What finish color of Brix did you use? Noticed quite a large selection on the Brix website.
    Thank you.
    Pat

    • Scott
      February 21, 2014

      Hey Pat, thanks for stopping by. I used Briwax in dark brown. Good luck!

  4. Beth A.
    February 21, 2014

    Love this!! Such a simple and beautiful transformation.

    • Scott
      February 21, 2014

      Thanks Beth!

  5. Pat
    February 21, 2014

    Stopping by from Apartment Therapy. Great job!

    • Scott
      February 21, 2014

      Thanks Pat! That’s really flattering – I’ve been reading apartment therapy since we started looking for a place two years ago. You made my day!

  6. Laura
    February 21, 2014

    What a beauty it is now, thanks to you.

    • Scott
      February 21, 2014

      Thanks Laura. I’m glad we ended up keeping it. At one point I was thinking about chopping it up and turning the oak slabs into a bunch of cutting boards! Unfortunately, now I find myself without any decent cutting boards. :P

  7. sportzz101
    February 21, 2014

    Handsome transformation and website.

    Looking to achieve a similar white lacquer finish on two currently formica topped end tables. Could you share what paint was used? Thanks.

    • Scott
      February 21, 2014

      Thanks!

      Primer: Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 Primer Spray Paint
      Paint: Rustoleum Gloss White Specialty Lacquer Spray

      I haven’t worked with formica, let me know how it turns out!

  8. Eva F
    February 21, 2014

    Checked you out from apartment therapy. Good work..

    • Scott
      February 21, 2014

      Thanks Eva

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    February 21, 2014

    Great job! It’s an eye-catcher.

    • Scott
      February 21, 2014

      Thanks Brenda, thanks for checking out the blog!

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      February 25, 2014

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