Refinished Dresser, before and after
Kristi Haight portrait

Refinished Dresser

Upcycle a Goodwill Dresser from Drab to Fab in One Weekend

Kristi Haight

Chatfield Court

I found a vintage dresser at a local shop for $9, a total steal. The dresser was in fair condition. Although it had a lot of surface scratches and it was very low to the ground, it was solid (and did I mention cheap). So, I decided to give it a whole new look with a fabulous paint color and 4 new legs to bring it off of the ground.

Behr Color Palette

This color is Sea Ice

Sea Ice

P450-1

Living in a small home has its share of challenges but the biggest one is storage. I had our extra clothing stored in a plastic bin in the basement. When I found this vintage chest at a local Goodwill for $9 (a real steal), I knew that I could give it a makeover and use it for some much-needed extra storage.

Paint can truly be transformative and I was excited to see what the change would do to my dresser. This piece was going to live in our guest bedroom, so I wanted to choose a light, soft color to really transform it.

A quart of Behr paint alongside a paint chip

Looking over the beautiful Behr paint color chips at The Home Depot, I quickly narrowed my choices to the soft blue/green tones and chose BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® Interior Eggshell Enamel in Sea Ice. I had the paint technician mix up one quart in new favorite color and headed home, excited to start my dresser transformation.

I wanted to attach the 4 new legs that I bought, to bring the dresser off the ground and to give it a new look. To start, I turned the dresser upside down to attach the wood pieces, using wood glue and screws, so that I could add the metal plates for the legs.

I wanted to attach the 4 new legs that I bought, to bring the dresser off the ground and to give it a new look. To start, I turned the dresser upside down to attach the wood pieces, using wood glue and screws, so that I could add the metal plates for the legs.

After the wood was attached with wood glue and screws, I screwed on the metal plates for the legs. Once all 4 plates were attached, the legs were ready to be attached. Before I could do that though, I had to prep and paint them. A quick sanding and 2 coats of the BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® Interior Eggshell Enamel in Sea Ice, and once they were dry, I screwed them into the metal plates.

Installing metal plates for legs
Removing hardware
Prepping the dresser for paint

Looking over the beautiful Behr paint color chips at The Home Depot, I quickly narrowed my choices to the soft blue/green tones and chose BEHR PREMIUM PLUS Interior Eggshell Enamel in Sea Ice. I had the paint technician mix up one quart in new favorite color and headed home, excited to start my dresser transformation.

I wanted to attach the 4 new legs that I bought, to bring the dresser off the ground and to give it a new look. To start, I turned the dresser upside down to attach the wood pieces, using wood glue and screws, so that I could add the metal plates for the legs.

After the wood was attached with wood glue and screws, I screwed on the metal plates for the legs. Once all 4 plates were attached, the legs were ready to be attached. Before I could do that though, I had to prep and paint them. A quick sanding and 2 coats of the BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® Interior Eggshell Enamel in Sea Ice, and once they were dry, I screwed them into the metal plates.

Now that the legs were done and my dresser was standing taller, it was time to prep it for paint. The dresser was not in good shape so I knew that I would need to do a lot of prep before I could begin painting.

Prep isn’t the most fun part of a project but it’s definitely an important step. To start the prep of our dresser, I removed the pulls and knobs and took out the drawers.

Then I sanded the dresser and drawers. After I finished sanding, I cleaned the dresser well with warm water and a damp cloth, careful to remove all the dust. Once it was clean and dry, it was on to the next step - the fun part of the project...painting!

I decided to ditch the brush and used a mini roller for this project. I rolled on the first coat of paint and was thrilled with the way it was looking. The paint went on smoothly, covered well and I loved the color. I let the paint dry a few hours and rolled on a second coat. Once the second coat was finished, I left it to dry overnight.

When picking a paint color, get a sample in your favorite color and the finish you want to use.

Paint a large swatch on a piece of poster board and check out the color at different times during the day

Tips

  1. Between coats of paint, I wrapped the paint roller in a plastic baggie.
  2. After the first coat of paint dries on your piece, feel the surface and make sure that you don’t need to sand before applying a second coat. Sometimes the paint will raise the grain of the wood making it feel rough so it will need a light sanding to knock it down. Doing this will ensure a smooth finish.

BEHR PREMIUM PLUS Paint is my favorite brand of paint to use on my projects. The quality and coverage are incredible!

Visualize It

Paint brush, roller, tray, sanding sponge, and a quart of Behr paint

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By the next day, I was able to put the drawers back in the dresser and start the installation of the old knobs and new vintage pulls that I found. The original pulls were in fair condition, but I wanted a simpler shape and a bit more my style.

The new pulls were the same size as the old ones, so I didn’t have to drill new holes. The new pulls fit perfectly, and I love how they look with the beautiful new paint color. Now, all that was left to do was to add a few pretty touches and it was ready for our extra clothes.

The Big Reveal

After dresser in space
Close up on hardware
After dresser

I love that I was able to completely transform this beat up $9 Goodwill dresser into a beautiful piece of furniture with paint. Not only is it beautiful but it gives us the space we need to store extra clothing. A win-win!

Kristi Haight portrait

Kristi Haight

Kristi here...lover and doer of all things DIY, home improvement and home decor. I'm the voice behind Chatfield Court where I share our easy and budget-friendly home projects in the hopes of inspiring DIY newbies that they can do it too!