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    Today’s edition of “Upcycled” is brought to you by a very special guest blogger. Rebecca Odell is a digital marketer by day; DIY-er and interior design enthusiast by night. She recently acquired one of the dressers for sale in our shop and upcycled it into a shabby chic piece that is versatile enough to be used in just about any room of her home. Read on to find out how she did it!


    We all know someone who pins Pinterest projects with no intention of ever recreating them. And let me be the first to say that I am often guilty as charged. As a self-diagnosed Pinterest addict, I constantly pin furniture upcycle projects from my favorite DIY bloggers. I’ve always envied their ability to create gorgeous custom pieces without breaking the bank and swore I’d turn my “must recreate this!” pins into reality one day.

    Like many 20-somethings, I’m trying to fill my home with great signature pieces on a budget. When I came across a solid maple six-drawer dresser at Vintage Depot, I knew it was finally time to join the upcycling club. The base, drawers and hardware were in great shape, but the wood finish wasn’t my style. I rolled up my sleeves and got to work.


    Vintage Dresser     Vintage Dresser



    Painting prep seemed intimidating and time consuming, but I’m happy I took each step seriously. A little elbow grease makes painting far less frustrating in the end.

    Step One: I kicked off the project by taking out the drawers, removing all hardware and cleaning the dresser’s interior with a 50/50 water and vinegar mix. This helped remove any musty smells associated with an older furniture piece. The vinegar smell disappears once it dries: promise. {Estimated time: 30 minutes}

    Step Two: As mentioned before, the dresser was in beautiful shape: but the top needed some major TLC. My dad recommended using a paint & varnish stripper to remove existing varnish. I sprayed the stripper (I used Citristrip) on the top, waited 30 minutes and scraped the varnish away with a putty knife. I repeated this step to remove all existing varnish. {Estimated time: 1 hour plus drying}

    citristrip      Vintage Dresser After Citristrip

    Step Three: I cleaned the dresser base and drawers with rubbing alcohol. Once the alcohol dried, I used a medium-grit sanding block to rough up the dresser and prepare it for paint. A tack cloth helped remove sand dust. {Estimated time: 1 hour}


    Step One: I originally planned to paint the dresser dusty blue, but once I came across Sherwin Williams’ White Raisin, I knew yellow was the winner. White Raisin is the perfect yellow in my book: not too golden and not too pastel. Two coats could have done the job, but I opted for three coats to be safe. {Estimated time: 2.5 hours plus drying}

     Sherwin Williams White Raisin Paint

    Step Two: I adored the dresser’s original hardware, but it looked brassy. I spray painted the hardware with Rust-Oleum’s Dark Bronze Hammered Metal Finish Spray, and after two coats, it looked brand new. I purchased new ceramic knobs for the top dresser drawers and spray painted the metal inserts to match existing hardware. {Estimated time: 15 minutes plus drying}

    Vintage Brass Hardware     Vintage Brass Hardware     Vintage Dresser Upcycled Knob

    Step Three: Once everything dried, I finalized the project by attaching the hardware and putting the drawers in place. I will eventually finish the top with a protective coat (polycrylic or wax) to fight wear and tear.

    I’m so glad I decided to take the plunge and create a custom piece for less than $100. Similar dressers (brand new, of course) would retail at $500 or more. I’m looking forward to upcycling my next Vintage Depot piece!


    Upcycled Vintage Dresser Close-up    Upcycled Vintage Dresser



    $55 Six-drawer Vintage Depot dresser

    $18 Supplies (Varnish stripper, drop cloth, sandpaper, putty knife, etc)

    $14 Paint and spray paint

    $8 Four ceramic knobs (Purchased at Hobby Lobby for 50% off)

    Project total: $95

    Total time: 5.25 hours (plus drying)


    Rebecca Odell is a digital marketer with a penchant for great interior design. She’s a sucker for big bargains and anything turquoise. Follow her on Pinterest to see her latest DIY inspirations.   



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