Thrifting Thursday - white and wood mid century dresser makeover

Happy Thursday, you know what's the best thing about Thursdays besides Thrifting Thursday, it's almost FRIDAY!!!!

I've been wanting to share this thrifted dresser makeover with you for a while now.  You are going to be shocked and maybe disappointed at how much I spent on this dresser.  It's not my usual steal, but I think it's still a bargain.  I paid $90 for this bad boy.  It was such a solid piece, with great wood grain on the draws and perfectly simple hardware, I couldn't pass it up.

I liked it so much, I put it in my bedroom and moved the old dresser out.  

Here's a look at the before.  It obviously needed some tlc.  The top is faux wood laminate and the sides and drawers had a lot of dings and scratches.  So, I decided to paint the top and sides white (like I've done many times before) and then sand, stain and clear coat the drawers.  I painted the top and sides with Sherwin William's ProClassic paint.  It goes on flawlessly with a small mohair roller and lays flat.  This paints dries quickly and isn't tacky to the touch, like some paints are. 

Painting I'm confident with, but staining wood is not something I've played around with much.  But, I highly recommend trying some walnut color stain on something, soon.  I sanded the drawer fronts down to the bare wood, made sure they were clean of any dust and then rubbed on some walnut stain with a rag.  I let is sit for about 5 mins and then wiped off the excess.  Seriously so easy and the coverage was so even and flawless.  (My inside pictures don't do it justice, it really is a gorgeous warm color and the grain really pops with the new finish).  

Gorgeous, right? If you'd like to know more about the products I used, I'd be happy to add them to this post.

So, I actually haven't been to a thrift store in over 3 weeks (I lie, I just dropped some stuff off yesterday, but I didn't even go inside).  What treasures have you scored lately.  If you share pics of your thrifted finds on Instagram, be sure to tag them #thriftingthursday, I'd love to see what you've got.


  1. um, gorgeous. you have talent friend!

    1. Thanks, it was a couple days worth of sanding, staining and painting. But, I'm really happy with the results. This was definitely one of my more spendy projects.

  2. What brand if stain did you use? It looks great!

  3. gorgeous update! I just shared a thrifted dresser makeover on my blog today too. gosh I love re-doing a thrift store find!


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