A DIY DRESSER MAKEOVER USING A CURB-SHOPPED 80’S TALLBOY. THIS RESTYLE DIDN’T WORK ON THE FIRST TRY – BUT TAKE TWO IS A MODERN FARMHOUSE HIT.
This DIY Dresser Makeover gave me a hard time and took two takes before I was happy. I worked on it non-stop since Thursday and as my badge of honor for finishing – I have two big blemishes from wearing a sweaty/dusty face mask for so long – no joke.
So here’s what I started with. An 80’s tallboy that was curb-shopped this past summer.
Right from the start, I was unsure what direction to take. If you follow me on facebook, I was asking whether or not to keep the hardware, what color to paint etc. This was a hard piece to get inspired over and it’s a lesson that keeps coming up for me. If I’m not excited or inspired with a piece, leave it until I am!
Here’s take one, my first attempt. My sister took one look and said – “DO NOT POST THAT!” … but I’m sharing anyway: please don’t PIN this though… lol.
After all this scary was sanded back, it was a custom soft gray and textured hardware that saved the day.
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80’S Tallboy DIY Dresser Makeover::
Step #1:: Clean – Sand and Fill
After I gave this piece a really good clean and sand, I filled the dated motif and old hardware holes. If you’re new to the #siblog, I prefer using this Bondo rather than wood fill. It dries really fast. Within 10-15 minutes it’s ready to sand and prime so it saves a ton of time.
Step #2:: Prime
Step #3:: Paint
Step #4:: Whitewash Wood
For the bare wood on the top and bottom of this dresser, I used a whitewash made with Cotton and water. I used this whitewash technique here.
Step #5:: Seal and Protect
And to finish off this modern farmhouse look, I used burlap hardware to add texture and tie in with the exposed whitewashed wood. What do you think?
Even though my first attempt was kind of scary, it’s fun to try new color combo’s, paint techniques and creative ideas. They won’t always be a hit, but paint fixes everything! 🙂
HAVE ANY OF YOUR MAKEOVERS TAKEN TWO OR MORE TRIES? FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Happy furniture painting my friends!