Little dresser re-finish

Ready or not for another dresser re-finish???  It’s all I got…so I hope you don’t mind!
I walked into Goodwill last month and this little dresser had to be mine.  I went over to the counter, paid the $20 and it turns out another lady bought the dresser at the SAME time!  What are the odds?!  So the worker compared our receipts and I bought it 3 minutes before she did.  Needless to say she was mad at me and stormed off in a huff…it was worth it.
The knobs are my favorite.
Now its fresh faced and happy in my home.
I spray painted the blue (Slate blue spray paint from Home Depot) and rolled the drawers.  I don’t usually spray paint large-ish furniture because the sheen is always a bit off in places…but I added a water based protectant afterwards that evened it out.
I even happened to snap a “real” photo (checking my light) before I cleared all of my crap off and made my house look clean for the photo above.
Now you know my secrets.  :)

45 Responses to Little dresser re-finish

  1. Mary Grace McNamara September 13, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    ooooh, I love it! I love the color you chose and the white drawers! Nice that you could use the original knobs too! I love projects like that!


  2. Lisa September 13, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    Tremendous! Don't you just love Goodwill?!! You never know what you'll find.

  3. Amanda Cunningham September 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    I am refinishing a dresser that I also got from goodwill this week. Although I am staining mine, yours is really adorable. I just love the colors you picked out. *I see a Mariner hat. BIG MARINER FAN HERE!! :-)

  4. Cindy September 14, 2012 at 12:23 am #

    L.O.V.E it!!! Great job!!

  5. Susan September 14, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    Love it! Great colors and looks good with your rug without being too matchy-matchy.

  6. Tiara September 14, 2012 at 12:50 am #

    What a difference! I love seeing peoples restorations. I have trouble seeing the end product you guys are so talented!

  7. cambric cotton September 14, 2012 at 12:53 am #

    I would be so excited to come acros such a lovely piece, love the colour, it would look so good in my bedroom.

  8. Julie September 14, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    You have done a great job. I'd would be very happy to have this in my home.

  9. Valerie September 14, 2012 at 1:26 am #

    Very nice!

  10. Diana September 14, 2012 at 1:30 am #

    WHERE did you get that rug?! The dresser is adorable, but I'm in the market for a rug and that one is a beauty.

  11. Donna September 14, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    Love the target bag! :-)

  12. Auntie Pami September 14, 2012 at 2:15 am #

    I never score there, no wonder! I'm just not quick enough. Cute paint.

  13. thea September 14, 2012 at 2:19 am #

    nice buy! i can never find anything like that.

  14. Sheila September 14, 2012 at 2:29 am #

    It looks great! You are so talented!

  15. Fiona @findingfifth September 14, 2012 at 3:20 am #

    Great colour choices to liven it up.

  16. Hambergoosa September 14, 2012 at 3:26 am #

    That is gorgeous! I love spray paint it makes painting so much easier and no more of those stupid brush lines! I'm jealous of your score!

  17. Lynne Tilley September 14, 2012 at 3:33 am #

    $20! What a bargain. Just beautiful. Great job.

  18. Patti September 14, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    Happy you were 3 minutes earlier. It has turned out very yummy. Wish we had Goodwill here in the UK but we don't.

  19. September 14, 2012 at 5:08 am #

    Excellent choice of color! Great find, great pic!

  20. Lurline September 14, 2012 at 5:38 am #

    Great dresser – you've made a lovely job of it! Sssh, don't give away our housekeeping secrets!
    Hugs – Luurline.

  21. JWo Designs September 14, 2012 at 5:45 am #

    Beautiful!!! The new colors are so refreshing and clean :)

  22. Cathy September 14, 2012 at 6:53 am #

    Gorgeous dresser! I have only just found your blog and have totally enjoyed trolling through your patterns…I'll be back!!!

  23. Joyful September 14, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    It's a lovely dresser. hard to believe you got it for $20. Here it would cost substantially more, even in bad condition. You've done a wonderful job of spiffing it up ;-)

  24. Maria September 14, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    What a great transformation! You've done a wonderful job :-)

  25. marysza September 14, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    beautiful! <3

  26. Betty September 14, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    What a deal and that's a sweet transformation. BUT what about that great rug – how sweet is that? The source?

  27. Michele September 14, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Loooovvvveeeee it! The knobs caught my attention too. Nice job!

  28. trish September 14, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Beautifully done!! :0)
    I love the knobs too.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Trish xo

  29. Esther September 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Oooohhhh! Makes me wish I had bought the buffet server I saw for only $15 yesterday. And it was 25% off day, too! Why didn't I get it? Oh yes, because we never get around to finishing stuff off. Sigh!

  30. Live a Colorful Life September 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    You are amazing, not only with quilting but with reclaimed furniture. I am once again in awe.

  31. seaschell September 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    Looks fabulous! So glad you beat that lady out by three whole minutes. :)

  32. Franzi September 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    what a difference before and after. And I smiled a lot about the "real" picture. I'm glad you have some stuff around, too. ;)

  33. Meg - Lilybird Stitches September 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Baaahahaha thanks for the behind the scenes shot. I think I just heard a collective sigh of relief. You mean I'm not the only one with Target bags lurking in corners or my home? Or in the middle of the floor where everyone trips over it but NO ONE picks it up?? :)

  34. Carrie Siegfried September 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Great redo! I really like those knobs too.

  35. Brenda September 14, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    What a cute dresser! I only have a couple of tables and one dresser in my home that were bought new. The rest have all been used and painted to work where ever I need them. And I need a couple more just have not found the right ones yet. The knobs are really nice, which is the hardest part of use furniture. Either half are missing or they are not nice at all.

  36. Dolly September 15, 2012 at 12:21 am #

    You just do the cutest things with these furniture pieces !

    Where did you EVER find a matching pull for that top drawer? Was it hiding in one of the other drawers?

    Gorgeous…..great job !

  37. Joni September 15, 2012 at 1:10 am #

    Love the dresser design, I can understand why you were so happy to be the first to buy it! What an absolute beautiful color!

  38. themissymom September 15, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Really cute, AGAIN!!!!
    And that is not a messy house, not even close!

  39. Dianne Mitzel September 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    I love your dresser!! What a super transformation, no wonder the woman stomped out..she wouldn't have turned it into the work of art that you did. ha. Has your quilt pattern, Off Track, ever appeared in a quilt magazine, it seems I remember it, but can't say for sure..thanks

  40. Karen September 16, 2012 at 2:40 am #

    Gosh I love furniture redos so, makes me want to get to goodwill. This turned out perfect!

  41. The Red Thread September 16, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Gorgeous! The blue is wonderful. You did a great job, I don't know if I would dare use spray paint on a piece that large. The color is so even.

  42. Amy Rea September 16, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I can see why you like the knobs, they are gorgeous!

    I love it.


  43. Laura Decato September 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    I love you colors… Goodwill is awesome!!

  44. Purple Quilter Queen September 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    I love it! Down to the receipt dual! Way to go – turned out cute! Jenn

  45. zakrecona kurka November 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm #


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