Sunday, March 24, 2013

$25 Refinished Antique Dresser

 All of you that redo furniture with the sole purpose of selling it, how do you let the pieces go?!? 
Last weekend I bought this dresser at the Goodwill for $25. I love the size and the fantastic, original hardware.

The dresser, although quite old, was in pretty fantastic shape.  After a good cleaning and sanding of the body of the piece, I painted everything but the drawers in Martha Stewart's Glass of Milk and lightly distressed.

 I then washed the drawers with some Murphy's Oil Soap.  They cleaned up very nicely, I think.


 Everything got a good coat of wax to protect it. I left the hardware as is.

 Here's the before:
I then made the mistake of bringing it into our dining room and styling it.  My Mom and I sat back and talked about how awesome the dresser looked in this space. I love all the shades of white.
And, what are your thoughts on two-toned furniture?  I have an exact opposite dresser in my living room with a stained body and painted drawers (here) and Cassie at Primitive & Proper did something very similar to this piece (here). I think I kind of love it!

Sigh.  For my Massachusetts and Connecticut friends, this dresser will be for sale at Village Primitives on Main Street in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. So thrilled to be selling some of my things there from now on and to be saying goodbye (hopefully) to the craziness that is craigslist.

UPDATE:  The dresser sold before I even left the building. Score!

Have a great week!

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  1. First of all, you got a great deal! (Our Goodwill is a hot mess.) Little cottage style dressers are my very favorite. Love the two-toned look and the awesome hardware!

  2. That's a beautiful dresser and the plates looked great above it. I can see why it sold so fast.

  3. What a pretty piece...I love the makeover and those pretty knobs!

  4. It is stunning! It is hard to get rid of things, but I have learned...there will always be new things to be found!
    Stacey :)

  5. Love it! Nice work! I am contemplating the idea of painting some furniture for my bedroom. I will have to come back here from some inspiration. :)

  6. love, love, love this dresser! i did a very similar 2-toned finish on a dresser a while ago, so obviously i am a fan of this look. i also sold it, the entire time it was in my space i debated about taking it back home.

    congrats about having the new space - i hope you show some pics (i'm just home from vacation and am catching up - so sorry if you already have).

  7. Very cute! I just hopped over from Alderberry Hill. I love updating old worn pieces with paint, too. It is so satisfying! I can't wait to explore your blog some more:)

  8. Angela, good luck with the sale. I think it will go quickly! Love your makeover. x

  9. Hi Angela, Wow, I really like that you kept the old hardware and the wood on the drawers. Beautiful! Thanks for your lovely blog!

  10. What a fabulous Goodwill find! I love the two toned look and I love that hardware too! I am not surprised that it sold quickly. I am visiting from Monday Funday and your newest follower.


  11. The dresser looks fabulous. I love the contrast.

  12. I love this!! You did a great job ;)
    Jame @

  13. It looks SO pretty! I love the two tones! I can see why you are sad to let it go.

  14. Love that you left the drawers stained, the combination of soft white and wood tones. ~d

  15. Gorgeous! You did an amazing job. This is an awesome project! I hope you will consider linking it up to the Pinworthy Projects Party over at my blog, Just Us Four.

  16. Waw, I would love to have this in my house ;-). Gorgeous! I invite you to join my link party! Hope to see you soon!


    please let me know if that would be ok

  18. Congratulation on selling the dresser. I can see is so cute! I love two-toned furniture, especially when part is painted and part is stained. Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week!



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