THIS $19.99 THRIFT STORE DRESSER GETS AN AIRY FLORAL MAKEOVER USING MAGNOLIA GARDEN FURNITURE TRANSFER | YOUTUBE VIDEO TUTORIAL
Hi, creative friends welcome back! Have you ever looked at a price tag and had to take a double take? I found this GORGEOUS dresser selling at the Thrift Store for $19.99 and couldn’t believe my luck! I don’t often find used furniture at this price point anymore! Today I’m sharing how I took this vintage dresser and turned it into a floral beauty using a Magnolia Garden Furniture Transfer!
I’m also sharing…
- How To Get Rid of Sticky Residue using what you have in your kitchen
- My Favorite Tool For Sanding Tight Areas
- How to Use Wood Filler AFTER Priming
- How To Burnish Furniture Transfers
- And more!
Here’s the thrift dresser I started with. What a gorgeous piece of furniture! It also had a matching desk tucked in behind on the left side. If you missed that makeover, I’ll be sharing it in the Related Posts at the end of this post below.
Before I get into the how-to details here’s a sneak peek at the NEW look! What do you think? This floral with its neutral colors pallet is absolutely beautiful.
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$19.99 MAGNOLIA GARDEN DRESSER MAKEOVER
Here’s how it all came together…
PREP | CLEAN
I removed the hardware and then cleaned this piece with this TSP substitute.
As you can see in the ‘before’ pic and the image above, this dresser had sticker labels on the drawer. TSP or cleaner won’t remove stickers or sticker residue. But you have something in your kitchen that will. OIL! I keep a bottle of this Goof OFF when I want/need to go the chemical route but I also keep a pump bottle of olive oil in my workspace. Any cooking oil or baby oil will remove sticky residue from your furniture! Just add a few pumps of oil onto the sticky residue and wipe with a cloth. It comes off like magic!
To fix the veneer, I used this painter’s utility tool. These putty knives are made for painters as they scrape paint off rollers, remove nails, gouge, cut sandpaper, open cans, remove veneer, and more. They are super cheap too. I get mine from the dollar store!
SAND – FILL – PRIME
After I had all the loose and bubbled veneer off, I filled and repaired the damaged areas with Bondo. I used this All Purpose Bondo as I don’t notice ANY difference in the Wood Fill Bondo VS the All Purpose — other than the price difference. I have a full tutorial on How To Repair Furniture with Bondo here.
Then using my orbital sander and an 80 grit, I scuff-sanded the entire dresser and smoothed out the Bondo. To sand the smaller corners and areas of the dresser I used my Oscillating Tool. These tools come with a variety of blades to cut metal, plastic wood, AND a sandpaper attachment for tight areas. I have a Mastercraft brand from Canadian Tire but I WISH I had this Bosch one!
TIP ~ If you’ve filled, sanded, and primed, and then notice you’ve missed a few little areas (which often are clearly visible only AFTER you’ve primed!) did you know you can use wood filler OVER your primer?! I do it all the time and it works great. Once I fill in the places I missed, I sand and reprime.
For the paint color, I choose a warm neutral — this Sand Castle Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint. This Silk paint has a primer and topcoat included which is a time saver. I love spraying this paint but it’s self-leveling and brushes on beautifully as well.
RUBBING ON TRANSFER DESIGN
I used this gorgeous Magnolia Garden Furniture Transfer Design to create this airy floral dresser. I like that this transfer comes with a sheet that is already designed plus floral sheets you can mix and match to create your own design. For this piece, I wrapped the florals onto the side and leg. I have a full tutorial on How To Rub On Furniture Transfers here.
TIP ~ To remove the ‘halo’ around your furniture transfer, burnishing it with a cloth or your finger works really well. To burnish the design, all you have to do is run your finger or soft cloth along all the edges and the halo will disappear. You can see it in action in the Youtube Video tutorial below! 🙂
NEW HARDWARE & GILDING WAX
I replaced the old hardware with these Chippendale Brass “lacey” drawer pulls. I’m so happy I’ve kept sets like this from my other furniture makeovers because they are selling at premium prices now!
To tie in the gold hardware, I used this gold gilding wax on the details of the dresser.
TOPCOAT | PROTECTION
No top coat is needed for the paint portion of this dresser but I will be spraying with this topcoat/sealer to protect the transfer design.
Here’s the finished look!
Check out these drawers! What do you think of the off-center design and negative space?
And I love the way this design wraps around this dresser’s gorgeous curves!
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel HERE. Our #siyoutubefamily is about 4 people away from 15K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
Here’s another look at this dresser’s before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some new ideas for your projects! And oh, I’ve also included the DIY Mirror Tutorial here. 🙂
Thanks so much for joining me today! I’ll see you here next Tuesday for another furniture makeover!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS $19.99 DRESSER MAKEOVER. FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!
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