Friday, January 24, 2014

Dressed Up Dresser

A few months ago I picked up a matching dresser and chest at a yard sale.  They had been used and abused but the price was right and there was hope.  I don't have a before photo of the chest but it was in the same condition as its mate.

I finished the rehab on the chest a few weeks ago and decided to go in an entirely different direction for this dresser.

Some of the veneer needed to be removed from the drawer fronts and the body of the dresser was sanded to remove the old finish.  The drawers are painted black with hm chalk paint (Ben Moore's Aura in Onyx).  The cabinet was restained with Minwax Espresso.  I kept the original hardware, painted it matte black then dry brushed with some copper bronzing powder in a glazing medium.  The drawers are hand waxed with APC's dark wax and the cabinet received two coats of Minwax Polycrylic.  I really like the way it came out; unfortunately I can't keep it!


  1. This is so simple and beautiful! I always love something a little more when I find out the makeover was done using things you can buy at Home Depot or Lowe's, instead of expensive specialty paints. I also love original hardware! Looks great!

    Erika |

  2. Donna I love this. Don't you just love Aura paint! I've used stain over Aura with some really nice results (on a wall). I won't use anything else but Aura when I paint walls. I've never used it for furniture though. Too bad you don't get to keep it for yourself!

    1. Karen, I agree! You can't go wrong with Aura paint - I'll have to experiment with applying stain over it!