How To Get This Look! Raw Dresser Makeover


Happy Monday! I originally planned on a different makeover today but when I posted this dresser yesterday I received a ton of comments and questions, so I decided to write a blog post on it to help you guys out!

As I stated in yesterday’s post, our home was filled with other people’s furniture, my paint supplies, business paperwork and staging decor for so long I didn’t realize how empty our downstairs would be when I moved all of my business stuff out to the new studio. SO, I decided to keep this one because it has so much character. Plus, it was handmade in the 1850’s in my hometown and I have now poured my heart into the restoration so it’s a keeper in my book!

See the process below…

Now, the crazy part is that everyone thought this was the dresser that I was working on in my post where I am laying on the ground and I look flat-out exhausted, hahaha, but it’s actually a different one! I had to split the sanding up over a couple of days because this piece is a little larger than that one, but they are very similar in style! Ohhh, should I keep that one, too!? AHH! The struggle is real!!

The process was actual very simple, A LOT of work, but simple:

  • Vacuumed the whole piece inside-and-out

  • Cleaned and scrubbed with TSP

  • Fixed the loose areas with Titebond and made sure all the of the old square nails were still nailed in well and functioning properly

  • I then sanded and sanded and sanded and sanded with 60 grit sandpaper on my orbital sander. I intentionally did not sand out every single mark and scratch because I wanted to keep some of the original character. My goal was to just remove all of the old stain. I then followed up with 120 grit on my orbital sander to smooth everything out

  • I hand sanded with 220 grit (since I knew I wasn’t going to stain this piece I went with a higher grit to make it extra smooth)

  • Dusted off the piece with shop towels and vacuumed it really well

  • Sanded the knobs, painted them with General Finishes Lamp Black using my Square brush by Zibra, then distressed them with 150 grit sandpaper. I sealed the knobs with Country Chic Paint’s Natural Clear Wax (USE affiliate code: MARKETHOUSE10 to receive 10% off!)

  • Since the piece was so old, I went ahead and shellac’ed the inside of it, as well as the drawers

  • Finally, the sealing part. I’ve had a lot of questions about this and honestly, I did not seal this one. Since I’m keeping this piece for my own home and I know it’s not going to get a ton of use where I’m placing it, I did not top coat it. When you top coat or add a wax it tends to darken and change the color of the wood, so I didn’t want to take any chances of that happening because I was in love with the current look. HOWEVER, if I was going to use this piece in a bathroom or a high traffic area, I would definitely seal it with a poly or a clear wax. If for some reason it does get a dark spot on it and/or get’s dirty, I can just hand-sand it out!

*Just as a side note, make sure you always work in an open and well ventilated area Use a respirator mask, gloves and protective eye wear when necessary. Make sure your family and/or kids aren’t breathing in the harsh chemicals and dust either. Everyone’s health is more important than a piece of furniture!

I hope this information helps!! Thank you so much for tuning in this week for #MondayMakeoversWithFallon. Make sure you sign up to get my email’s so you don’t miss out on my makeovers and FREE tips!! Also, if you want to save this blog post so you can refer back to it, make sure you pin it to your Pinterest page and/or feel free to share it elsewhere. I look forward being with you next Monday and don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for my educating video tutorial/tip for #TuesdayTipsWithFallon!!

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