Before and After DIY Dresser Makeover

It’s been a great Labour Day long weekend filled with good food, relaxing times, great hiking adventures and even better company. It also felt like the perfect weekend to take on a DIY project! A few weeks back mum and I paid a visit to the Habitat for Humanity Restoration centre and amongst all the interesting things we found, one of them was this gorgeous dresser.

This is what it looked like before (minus a couple drawers we had removed!)


We decided to restore it and refresh it’s look! Along the way we took some photos and would like to share with you step by step how you can do this too!

Here’s what you’ll need

  • 120grit sander- either a sanding block will do or a power sander if you have one
  • Behr Marquee Paint – interior semi gloss enamel (the colour is your choice!)
  • Varathane Interior Water-Based Polyurethane by Rust-Oleum
  • Tack cloth
  • Foam paint roller -preferably a small one to give you more control
  • Paint tray
  • Smaller paint brushes or foam brushes to help get those smaller areas
  • Painters tape
  • Water and Vinegar mixture


Start by first removing the hardware. Depending on how old this piece is or where you found it, you may have to clean it. Using your sanding block or power sander, sand it down. It was only after this endeavour that we learned there are liquid sanding options that you can use instead of sanding by hand.


After you sand it, gently wipe it down using a water and vinegar solution. Let this dry really well. Once it’s dry, you can start painting. We recommend using a foam roller to ensure the paint is even. It’s helpful to use a small brush occasionally for smaller areas. Next you should also paint the inside of the drawers.

Let this dry 24-48 hours and then apply a coat of the Polyurethane.

We also spray painted the metal knobs using a metallic gold Rust-Oleum spray paint.

Here’s the before and after pics one more time!

It wasn’t hard to find a great spot for this dresser. And with so many drawers it provides ample storage space. Hope you enjoyed our DIY project this weekend and hope you all had an excellent Labour Day!


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