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September 03, 2018

A Thrifted Dresser Gets a Second Life

I recently found an antique oak four-drawer dresser at my local Goodwill and thought it would be perfect for my daughter’s new apartment. It had a faux tiger maple finish (probably very popular in the early 20th century) and although the color and texture of the finish was nice, I thought a fresh coat of white flat paint with a chalky finish would be welcome.

For the project, I used Amy Howard™ Clean Slate, One Step paint, wax and a natural bristle brush.

It took 2-3 coats of paint and the wood took the paint well. With this paint, no prep work was needed to the finish, other than a cleaning, which made the process very simple — I didn’t have to get into messy stripping or sanding.

After some consideration (and consultation with my daughter) I decided to give the dresser a slight distressed look. A light touch with a palm sander did the job quickly and easily.

I then waxed the top surface with a couple of coats and buffed to a smooth, protective finish. Replacing the old drawer pulls with fixed pulls gave the piece a more modern look and improved the functionality.

Overall, I was very pleased with the way the project turned out and know my daughter will enjoy the dresser for years to come.


Guest Blogger, Ryon Edwards

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