How To Transform An Old Dresser

I love easy projects especially when I can do it on the cheap! There’s also nothing like putting your stylistic stamp on a piece of furniture to make your home more you. I thought it would be fun for our DIYers to “dog-ear” this how-to blog and save it for this coming weekend’s answer to your “what-am-I-doing-to-do-today” project. To get you started, I’ve included three DiggersList finds you can pick up, dust off, then transform into a fantastic dresser using‘s fun article called:

A One-Coat Transformation

by Laura Fenton, Posted Aug 9th 2010 8:42AM

A ho-hum chest of drawers becomes a stunning piece with a quick paint makeover.

As soon as we laid eyes on decorative painter Annie Sloan’s new book Quick and Easy Paint Transformations, we had visions of repainting our furniture — all of it! The book is filled with inspiration for home makeovers that anyone who’s handy with a paintbrush can pull off. The look and feel of most of the projects falls on the country side of the spectrum, but the techniques could easily be translated to more modern interiors as well.

While Quick and Easy Paint Transformations is billed as a collection of 50 projects, Sloan’s book can be used as a general resource for all types of painting techniques including textured surfaces, printing effects and decoupage. Here’s one of our favorite projects from the book: A stunning dresser makeover.

Sloan suggests the following materials for a similar makeover:

• Medium-grit sandpaper
• 3-inch flat paintbrushes for applying paint
• Tin of clear wax
• 1-inch brush or cloth for applying wax
• Cloth for removing excess wax and polishing
• Glass handles
• Paint

For the complete how-to, read more: “A One-Coat Transformation” – Shelterpop.

DiggersList Finds:

Now, to do this project yourself, here are a few DiggersList Finds:

DiggersList find: American 1880’s Dresser. Price: $98 OBO.

DiggersList find: Three-drawer dresser. Price: $150.

Vintage dresser. Price: $50.

Click in to your city and search “dresser” for more finds near you!

Skaie Knox

Written by Skaie Knox

Decor/design nerd, freelance writer, and the Editor-in-Chief/Curator for the HomeJelly blog and soon-to-open, HomeJelly shoppe. Skaie is also a published singer/songwriter and kid's book author. She was voted "Class Clown", and is a rescue dogs crusader.


  1. Ashley on February 5, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Hi! I love the color of the repainted dresser on the first picture at the top. What is the name of the color used in that picture?

    • Skaie Knox on February 6, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Hi Ashley,

      After a bit of research, I couldn’t locate the exact color they used on this project (the original post was removed). I would do one of two things:

      (1) Take your mobile phone to your local box or paint store and show this picture (color) to the person mixing paints. I’m pretty sure they can match the color from your phone. It may not be perfect, but close…Oh, be sure to ask for a sample sized can that costs about 4-5$…you’ll definitely want to test it if you’re going for a close match.

      (2) If you have a good printer, print out the page, then use it against the paint samples. I suppose you can do the same with your phone.

      Finally…my guess this color is a type of “Robin’s Egg Blue” or a “Tiffany Box Blue”. I hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by!

      • Ashley on February 6, 2013 at 8:34 pm

        Thanks so much!! I’ll be sure to do that :)

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