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Few things in this world make me happier than a good old fashioned furniture makeover. Call me crazy, but the process of bringing an old, beat up piece of furniture back to life with a little paint and TLC is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I’ve been doing it for years now and it still feels like Christmas morning every time I finish a project. If you’re here reading my blog, I’d bet that a good furniture flip also makes you a bit giddy. Well today I have a real doozy for you guys because I’m sharing how I did a complete makeover on a vintage tallboy dresser I found at Salvation Army. This is easily my favorite furniture flip everrrrrr. I can’t believe I’m even saying that, because I’d done a lot of them throughout the years, but dang. This one is just gorgeous. Let me show you what I started with for this project.
Here she is, in all her glory. When I spotted this beauty I just about fell over. I mean, how does something like this end up getting donated? I can’t wrap my mind around such nonsense. Sure, it had lots of scratches and kind of a weird smell, but I knew I could turn it into something amazing.
So the first step in the makeover process was primer. Considering all of the scratches and that strange smell issue I mentioned, I knew this project needed to be done with primer. So I grabbed my go-to primer, which is the KILZ 2 Latex Primer and got to work. This stuff is exactly what you want to use if you’re working with a piece that has damage, stains, or any other cosmetic issues. Plus the dresser had a really glossy finish, so I knew I’d need primer in order for the paint to adhere properly. I just sanded down the surface of the dresser before applying the primer.
I knew I wanted the top of the dresser to be stained dark, so I taped that area off and primed around it.
The KILZ primer went on really quickly and was easy to apply. I only needed one coat and I was all ready for paint. This stuff is so versatile, I use it all the time. I also used this primer on my fireplace place makeover project which you can find here.
For the paint color I went with Behr Candlewick. I am obsessed. It’s the perfect creamy color with yellow hues. Looooove it. I did two coats of paint and I felt like that worked really well.
Ta-da! Can you believe this is the same piece of furniture? Like I said earlier, this is definitely my favorite flip ever. The KILZ primer really did a great job at covering up all the scratches and damage–even the funky smell is gone. Happy dance!
I used a dark stain for the top of the dresser. I love the combination of the dark top and the cream color.
Love, love, love the details on this dresser.
Projects like this just make me happy. When I work on an old piece like this one, I always find myself wondering where it was before, who it belonged to, and its history. The process of giving new life to something that was old and forgotten is always so rewarding for me. And you guys, I’m SO glad I decided to go this route, instead of my usual chalk paint. I feel like doing it with the KILZ primer and paint combo just makes for a much more durable finish and I know it will last forever. Plus it covered up all the scratches and damage, and got rid of the weird smell. Lately I’ve been so disappointed with a few pieces I’ve done with regular chalk paint–particularly the dressers we converted into vanities in our master bathroom. They seem to chip easily and don’t hold up well with daily use. I really wish I had painted them with this technique. I have lots to share on that, but I’ll save it for another post. Today is all about this beauty! I’d love to hear what you think of this makeover and definitely let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks for stopping by my friends, it really means so much to me!
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