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Before & After: Modern Dresser

You may remember this as the dresser I used for my RSA room redesign at Nicholas House. When my first dresser choice fell through, I quickly found this substitute on Craigslist for only $40! After talking to the seller, I knew that it was sturdy and the perfect piece for a room that would get a lot of wear & tear.

I started by lightly sanding the top of the dresser with my electric sander and then used my sprayer to apply 2 coats of Kilz primer, following it up with 3 coats of white hi-gloss latex enamel. For the last few months, my go-to white paint has been Royal Interior/Exterior, which is the house brand sold by Ace Hardware. I’ve found that the Ultra White is the perfect crisp white that holds up very well at a great price (I also like the high-gloss Black).

Whenever possible, I like to allow my furniture to cure for a minimum of 3 days to ensure that the paint doesn’t lift, peel, or scratch once it comes in contact with lamps, cups, trays, etc.  After a few days of drying in the garage it was ready to go–and quite the transformation for a $40 find.


15 Comments on Before & After: Modern Dresser

  1. Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle
    May 31, 2011 at 8:22 am (7 years ago)

    Love the crisp lines of the piece. What product do you like to use to protect the finish on white painted pieces?

  2. Kelle Dame
    May 31, 2011 at 11:35 am (7 years ago)

    It’s gorgeous!!! So fresh and modern! Thanks for the tips…I’m still learning as I go 🙂

  3. vida
    May 31, 2011 at 12:27 pm (7 years ago)

    ficou maravilhoso,como tudo o que você faz,bjssss

  4. Lynn
    May 31, 2011 at 2:42 pm (7 years ago)

    Fabulous idea!! Thanks for the details – in I get DIY!

  5. Mr. Goodwill Hunting
    May 31, 2011 at 6:07 pm (7 years ago)

    A spray gun eh…
    thas what i need!

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  6. Brixton Nole
    May 31, 2011 at 6:23 pm (7 years ago)

    My thoughts exactly Mr. Goodwill…may I ask what brand of sprayer you use?

  7. Dayka (Life +Style)
    May 31, 2011 at 6:35 pm (7 years ago)

    @brixton nole: I use a cheapy sprayer that i bought from home depot–i think it’s a wagner. it was about $65 and is an HVLP, but you can only get about 6 uses out of it before it stops really pulling the paint. it’s definitely not the best, but it does the trick for now. if you’re looking for one, also check out the sprayers at lowe’s–they have a better selection.

    @karen: it depends–sometimes a poly protectant, and sometimes nothing. it’s really important to find a product that doesn’t yellow over time, especially on light colored paints! 🙂

  8. Katie
    June 1, 2011 at 10:23 am (7 years ago)

    I absolutely love the rows of baskets! They add so much texture and look so organized!

  9. Lori
    June 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm (7 years ago)

    Dayka, I forgot how much I loved it! What a great job you did! thanks for the info about the sprayer. Heidi and I are taking on some painting projects. We may have to take a look at one.

    Take care,


  10. Linda in AZ *
    June 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm (7 years ago)

    *** I am ALWAYS amazed at what having an “open mind” can produce!!!

    You REALLY hit the nail on the proverbial head here~~~ this turned out TOOO FAB!!! CONGRATS for having such GREAAAT foresight!!!

    Linda in AZ *

  11. Sharstin
    June 2, 2011 at 12:39 am (7 years ago)

    Wow!!! I love it, so gorgeous:)

  12. Debbie--
    June 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm (7 years ago)

    Great transformation and what wonderful storage! I found you over at Mr. Goodwill Hunting! I am your newest follower!!

  13. Pixie
    June 3, 2011 at 9:32 pm (7 years ago)

    Holy smoke that is awe-some! I saw something very similar looking in Jonathan Adler a while back but it was beaucoup $$$$.

  14. Sara @ Periwinkle Papillon
    June 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm (7 years ago)

    Another AWESOME Before and & After. Ok you’ve inspired me again – time to tackle my projects.

  15. The Glam Lamb
    June 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm (7 years ago)

    What a find!!! It looks amazzzzing!


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