furniture redo, thrifty treasures, upcycle

thrifted dresser gets a facelift

i found this beauty at a local thrift store last year when gibson began to grow out of his itty bitty kiddy dresser. of course, it does have all the drawers but I had already taken three outside before i realized i should have taken a pictures of the before.

i wanted the wood to remain on the outside so i didn’t even bother taking it out to be painted. i like the knicks and dings so i left it exactly as is was. only the drawers needed a facelift.

he really only used the top three sections so even though i bought handles for all the drawers, i got lazy and only attached them to the ones he used. he was 9, he didn’t care.

but now they’re out in the driveway, ready to be cleaned.


after i dusted them off, i just started in with the glossy white spray paint. it took 2 good coats to get an evenly covered look.

so in between coats, i opened the rest of the handles and spray painted them metallic silver.

between you and me, i actually patted myself on the back for this little brainiac moment: i needed to spray paint the screw heads also so i poked them each into the cardboard so they’d stand up straight. genius right?

after the paint dried, i attached all the handles this time and slid them back into their rightful homes.


 this is the gibber’s new dresser. it doesn’t match the rest of his furniture, but it goes with the overall theme we have in there.  next time i’ll show you what else we did in his room.



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3 thoughts on “thrifted dresser gets a facelift”

  1. You are a smart cookie and clever girl, thanks for the cardboard tip. The dresser looks great and I like how you fit it into the closet.

  2. That looks awesome. And the nails in the cardboard is genius. I love how fearless you are about this stuff. Taking a page from your book! I am a worrier.

  3. This is a fantastic redo! And thanks for the cardboard tip. I’ve been using styrofoam but I like the idea of the cardboard much better. Great job! So glad I saw this at Spunky Junky

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