IS YOUR VINTAGE DRESSER MISSING A MIRROR? HERE’S AN EASY FIX TO FILL IN THE GAP WHILE ADDING A TON OF CHARACTER!
Hi, sweet friends! I come across a lot of furniture with missing parts. Missing legs, drawers, knobs, veneer and mirrors are most common. If a vintage dresser is missing a mirror, there’s often a large gap on the back of the dresser top. Here’s an easy fix to fill in that gap while adding a ton of character!
I wish I had had the time to take a pic of this vintage dresser in the Thrift Store. It was quite a sight with its wonky drawers and missing mirror. But as fast as I laid my eyes on it, a sweet elderly associate swooped in like a Magpie — and before I knew it, reduced it from $30 to $15 and had her colleague loading it into my FUV! They better hold on to that one. She’s gooooood!
Here’s the before and after in my studio. MMM had fixed all the drawers and left the MIA Mirror Gap to me.
This backboard was salvaged from another dresser. It adds a ton of character to this piece and you’d never know there was suppose to be a mirror there! What do you think?
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DIY DRESSER BACKBOARD::
I started by giving this piece a super good cleaning, sanding and then two coats of BOSS in clear. I wanted to give this dresser a farmhouse vibe so by using the clear BOSS, it allowed me to distress and show some of the wood coming through while still blocking all the bleedthrough.
To fill in the missing mirror gap, I salvaged this backboard from another old dresser.
Any backboard from another piece of furniture can be used so long as it’s long enough. I’ve also used a straight piece of wood. If you don’t have any on hand, you can always go to HomeDepot and get them to cut you a piece of wood to size. I’ve found these missing mirror gaps are pretty standard. One inch by one inch usually does the trick.
I started by measuring the length of the backboard and the length of the dresser top. For this particular dresser, I needed my backplate to be 37.5″ long. I don’t include the beveled overhang in my measurements.
Once I had the measurements, I marked the center of the dresser back and the center of my salvaged backboard and lined them up.
Once the center of both the dresser and backboard are lined up perfectly, I marked out where I wanted the backboard to end on both sides then measured to make sure everything was even.
I marked where I was going to cut the wood with a pencil and straight edge.
Remember, measure twice – cut once! 😉
Once the piece was cut to size, I sanded the existing finish off and made it smooth so there were no sharp edges. To match the backboard with the dresser top, I stained it with Tobacco Road and Black Magic.
Mixing stains to achieve a match is not a science (or at least I haven’t figured it out) but it’s kind of fun playing around …and super gratifying when I get it close! What do you think?
Okay, and now for some GIVEAWAY FUN! Thank you to each and every one of you who participated in last week’s FURNITURE TRANSFER GIVEAWAY!
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Thanks again to everyone for joining in on the fun!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS VINTAGE DRESSER AND DIY BACKBOARD … OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
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Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!
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