Dresser Makeover….she’s a classy lady now.

Entryway Dresser Redo

When we moved in we needed dressers, and my Mother in Law was awesome and brought over four!

We had them stored in the basement and one day it dawned on me that this one would fit perfectly in the entryway. All the drawers would be great for gloves, hats, school papers etc…

Here’s a before pic, that I didn’t remember to take until I was half way through painting.

Dresser Before

The dresser wasn’t in that bad of shape when it arrived, but needed some work. A knob was missing, and there used to be a bottom “something or other” that had been taken off and now the stubs of plywood it was resting on were showing, BUT….she fit so nicely in the entryway space and was free to me, so she was going to work!

I started by painting the dresser with my trim paint. Which is a paint/primer semi-gloss mix color matched to BM’s White Dove. She looked pretty roughed up, so I didn’t sand…..MISTAKE. I had to go back and sand all the paint off. How many time will I have to learn that lesson?

I wasn’t sure how I wanted the top and knobs, but I knew I didn’t want to put money into all new knobs, so I used the well-loved-by-DIYer’s Gold Medal spray paint by Design Master. You can get it at Micheal’s with your 40% off coupon.

Dresser Knob

I actually started by waxing the knobs with dark brown wax and decided I didn’t like them at all! They made the dresser look very country, and although the knobs were pretty, it was not at all what I was going for.

So I sprayed them with the Gold Medal Spray Paint, and some of the waxy wood showed through….I loved the look.

Dresser Knobs Wax and Sprayed

Here’s another one. So far they have held up just fine.

Dresser Top With Dark Wax

The top was already stained, but was a little redish, so I gave it a couple coats of dark wax.

Dresser Top Distressed

I kept a lot of dents and marks.

Dresser Leg Makeover

It took me awhile to figure out how to cover the plywood stumps. There was probably a strip of wood across the bottom originally.  I had some feet in my basement that I bought for a different project and never used, so I decided to cut them to fit over the plywood.

Dresser Leg Solution

I ended up loving the legs. Adding them made the dresser look so classy!

Dresser After Makeover

Dresser Makeover

I’m so happy with how this dresser turned out, and I can’t beat that I only had to buy some spray paint to finish it!

Dresser Makeover

I’m waiting on an exciting project to come in the mail, and then I should be able to show you the finished entryway!

I’m so ready to get it completely done!


Linking to:

Miss Mustard SeedMy uncommon Slice of Suburbia,  Coastal Charm,  A Stroll Thru Life,  Savvy Southern Style,  French Country CottageCommon Ground,  Thrifty Decor Chick ,  Funky Junk Interiors,  DIY Show Off,  Home Stories A to Z,  Work it WednesdayCreatively Living,  Tatertotandjello, Inspiration GalleryMy love 2 CreateClassy ClutterI Heart Nap TimeIt all Started with PaintWhimsy WednesdayLive Laugh RoweJennifer RizzoThe Shabby NestTidy Mom , 36TH Avenue, Inspire Me Please, Creative Connection, Six Sisters Stuff, Tip Junkie, Embracing Change



  1. Gorgeous! It has so much character now. It is amazing what paint and a little TLC can do!

  2. What a fantastic idea for a front entry. All that room for gloves and such, just perfect.


  3. It looks amazing. I adore this look, the knobs are perfect too. Hugs, Marty

  4. Go change that you’ve given drawers! I love the result has been beautiful you. kisses

  5. Love, love, love it!! The knobs and legs look awesome! Great job, Katie!!

  6. Love it! The feet are perfect, great idea. Can’t wait to see the whole room.

  7. This is lovely! And I really like the big mirror you have as well. Good job 🙂 Erin

  8. This. Is. Gorgeous. I absolutely love everything about this piece! Wonderful job! Love your blog as well… new follower! 😉 Thanks so much!

  9. Just now found you thur DYI Show Off. Will b visiting often. Love Love Love the dresser, it is beautiful. My dresser could be done something like that, but the top is chipping off. Thought about putting a piece of plywood over the top & staining it. Then paint the rest of it white like you did. What else could I do to the top that would be cheap but still look good?

  10. That turned out just lovely! The waxy wood golden knobs are excellent. I have a large dresser in my master bath I plan to paint white and your project is pushing me to get going. Love how you’ve staged it with beautiful things.

  11. It turned out fabulous, my friend!!! Love, love. Pinning of course — and thanks so much for sharing at our Super Saturday link party!

    🙂 Linda

  12. Terri Hughes says:

    I love it, you did a great job!

  13. That looks awesome! I’m thinking of updating mine to white and keeping the top natural 🙂

  14. Great transformation, so pretty! Hope you’ll come join us for AMAZE ME MONDAY…

  15. Great job, Katie….I love pieces that have some of the contrasting brown and a hint of age, as in your knobs. The wax definitely did the trick….I have painted entire pieces over old waxed finishes which ended up with some great crazing effects and loved the accident that I made!
    Enjoy your piece!

  16. You ROCK for linking up this week to Tip Me Tuesday. {high fives} Just a heads up, Tip Junkie can help you index your blog more effectively if you upload at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL into your Tip Junkie craft room! Simply login and click “add a project” on your profile page to get started. {yep I’ve got your back!} ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}
    Link ~ http://www.tipjunkie.com/how-to-add-a-craft-room-project-on-tip-junkie


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