THIS OLD DRESSER GETS A SUNNY MAKEOVER USING A CUSTOM COLOR AND BELLES AND WHISTLES SUNFLOWER TRANSFER | GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!
Hi, sweet #sifamily! Are you ready to be inspired by sunflowers? 🌻 I have an 8-foot blooming sunflower plant in my garden and I also recently visited an 8-acre sunflower maze. Maybe my creative muse is trying to tell me something.😉 So I dug into my transfer stash and got busy. I have this gorgeous Sunflower Transfer Dresser Makeover along with a fun GIVEAWAY to share with you today!
It’s also Furniture Fixer Upper day – one of my favorite days of the month! I’m joining my furniture painting besties and linking to their makeovers below… so be sure to check them out later in the post.
Here’s the vintage dresser I started with. My friend Mara (from Revived by Mara) and I took a Sunday trip to Elmira where they have a barn full of antique furniture. Judging from the thick coat of dust on this dresser top, this little one wasn’t finding a new home. Maybe because it was missing the mirror.
Here’s her bright NEW sunflower look. What do you think? So sweet and cheery right?!
Call me crazy but this dresser reminds me of a little girl’s outfit. Bright top with white sunflower skirt… so I Googled it and there are a TON… I think sunflowers are a thing!
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Vintage Dresser – SALVAGED
White Lightning (Cleaner)
Dewalt Orbital Sander
Sandpaper | Tack Cloth
Floral WoodUbend Moulding
B-I-N Shellac Base Primer
Rebel Yellow Chalk Mineral Paint
Colonel Mustard Chalk Mineral Paint
Cotton Chalk Mineral Paint
Satin Clear Coat
SUNFLOWER TRANSFER DRESSER
Here’s how it all came together…
The mirror and hardware were removed and then I gave this vintage dresser a good cleaning with White Lightening followed by a good scuff sanding with my orbital Sander + 120 grit.
FILLING WITH BONDO
Once it was all cleaned and scuff sanded, I filled the hardware holes and details on the top drawer with Bondo. I have a full tutorial including a youtube video on How To Use Bondo For Furniture here.
Here’s how it looked after it was cleaned, prepped, and filled.
ADDING WOODUBEND MOULDING
To tie the sunflower theme together, I added this floral WoodUbend Moulding. It came in a pack of two and I love their NEW packaging – brilliant! I heated the moulding up with my heat gun, applied wood glue, and attached it to the center of the top drawer. These WoodUbend Mouldings are super easy to use!
PRIME AND PAINT
After the WoodUbend Floral Moulding had dried, I gave this dresser two coats of BIN Shellac Base Primer.
To get a custom ‘sunflower’ paint color, I used a half and half mix of this Colonel Mustard and this Rebel Yellow. Gorgeous and the exact shade I was after!
PRO TIP ~ Don’t be afraid to mix your paints! If you’re just starting out and mixing colors feels a little intimidating, buy 2-3 colors you LOVE and then a white and black. This way you can lighten and darken the colors you have on hand and it will give you SO many variations.
I blended my custom sunflower yellow into this Cotton White. You can find my full tutorial including a video on How To Blend Paint here.
RUBBING ON SUNFLOWER TRANSFER
Applying these furniture transfers is very easy. After I picked which part of the sunflower design I wanted to use (these transfer designs usually last me for a good few makeovers!) I peeled off the back and placed it on the dresser. Then using the wooden rub-on tool, I rubbed the clear transfer sheet until the design adhered.
ADDING CUP HARDWARE
I added cup handles to ground the piece and tie it to the theme.
SHADING AND TOPCOAT
The last step was to shade my WoodUbend flower with this brown wax.
The shading added so much depth!
Once my wax totally dries (which it didn’t have enough time to dry before I did this photoshoot), I’ll be spraying this entire dresser with 2-3 coats of this Satin Clear Coat.
AND NOW A FUN GIVEAWAY!!!
Here’s YOUR chance to try these Belles and Whistles Transfers!
Dixie Belle Paint Company has generously teamed up with Salvaged Inspirations for this worldwide giveaway. One lucky SI Reader has the chance to WIN FOUR (4) Transfer Designs – up to $120 worth of Belles and Whistles products! ANY four (4) transfer designs of your choosing including today’s Sunflower Transfer OR their JUST RELEASED Cherry Blossom and Vintage Floral is fair game!
It’s easy to enter. Come back daily to submit more chances to win. The winner will be announced here on the #siblog on Tuesday, Aug 31st and he/she has 48 hours to claim their four (4) transfer designs! Good luck everyone. x
ENTER IN THE GIVEAWAY BOX HERE!
AND NOW FOR SOME FURNITURE FIXER-UPPER FUN!
You’re going to LOVE what my creative team of Furniture Fixer Upper ladies do! Below are their BEFORE photos. Visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek as well! x
1. SALVAGED INSPIRATIONS (HAPPY YOU’RE HERE!)
2. CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL DIYER
3. GIRL IN THE GARAGE
4. PETTICOAT JUNKTION
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS SUNFLOWER TRANSFER DRESSER. FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!
TRAY TABLE MAKEOVER
RESTORE ENTRY HALL TABLE
FAUX DRIFTWOOD NESTING TABLES
SINGER SEWING TABLE MAKEOVER
PAINTED KITCHEN TABLE DIY
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Matthew Walsh says
Wow! You have an artist’s eye. You made that dresser so whimsical. I’ve never seen anything like it. Amazing work. I love it!!
So cute and HAPPY!! I Love it!!!
Wow! What a transformation. Absolutely beautiful work. I love it!!!
Awwww, this makes me so happy! I love happy furniture!
Shading on the “flower” was perfection.
How pretty and so cheerful. I have a small pie safe that would be vastly improved with the addition of these transfers. I love your projects!
Beautiful. I am not a big fan of sunflowers, but I still gasped out loud when I saw what you had done to the dresser! I was picturing more of a distressed vintage-y vibe, but you wowed me! Real talent shows when you can do so many different styles. I’m sure my daughter would want something like that in her room! I have learned so much from you, you have helped me get my own furniture painting business off to a great start. Thanks Denise!!!
Anita E says
This is soo beautiful! I would use the transfers on a blanket chest.
Another incredible creation. Your creativity and style never ceases to amaze me.
Love this summery makeover 😍
Just gorgeous! I’ve yet to perfect blending technique but am inspired by this to keep trying 😊
Maryellen Webber says
Wow, this dresser is so pretty, love the paint color and technique and of course that amazing sunflower transfer!
What a bright,happy piece. An amazing transformation!
Beautiful! Love it all, especially the flower detail at the top.
Such a beautiful and sunny dresser 🙂
I absolutely love this. My kitchen is done in sunflowers with turquoise accents. I’ve been waiting for inspiration for my silverware box. I believe I just found it. Thank you, love your work.
Love that shade of yellow! Mixing colors is so fun, and you really nailed it with this one.
Jeanne Barrett says
I love the yellow! Bought a sunflower transfer last year. Maybe I’ll dig it out. 😊
This turned out so incredibly sweet, Denise! I have been eyeing my sunflower transfer to see what I could do with and I just love what you did! XOXO
Cate Cooper says
How adorable is that!! Oh my gosh, you gave me such a great idea for a piece I need to overhaul. Thank you!!
This DOES look like a little girl’s sundress. Just perfection!
Barri Simpson says
This is SO adorable! I would use it on a headboard I have been saving for a rainy day…
Beautiful! I absolutely love sunflowers!
September Whisenant says
I repurpose cabinet doors into signs and could definitely see these sunflowers making a cheerful and sunny welcome sign.
The two tone paint is very nice and plays off the sunflowers so well. Sunflowers always bring a smile!
I have a TV table/dresser/chest someone gave me. It’s the perfect project to try a transfer on.
Denise, this is simply gorgeous! The little flower and the drawer pulls are perfect. Your tutorial for blending paint is great! i was really intimidated when i set out to do a headboard, but it is actually quite easy to do. This dresser is so bright and cheery – I love it! And thanks for the opportunity to win some Belles & Whistles transfers – fingers crossed!
Bonnie Wilkes Blinson says
I was actually going to comment before I saw the contest. Beautiful piece
Bonnie Wilkes Blinson says
I was actually going to comment before I saw the contest. I wanted to say you are so very talented. I love your work.
Terry P says
What a fun dresser redo!! I’d use these transfers on a wooden trunk that needs an update. Thanks for the chance.
Hi Denise. I’ve been looking for the right project to makeover my sons old dresser that I now use in my studio for storage. But it still has his Hotwheels stickers all over it. lol. Your sunflower design and transfer would look lovely on it. Thank you for the chance. Cindy <3
Cindy Gaston says
Love, love, love your transformation!
I love this! So bright and cheery! I need to do blending still, as I never have. I would love to do more with transfers. This is inspiring! Thanks!!
I love that you show us step by step procedure on how to paint our furniture. Thanks to you I have been able to give friends and family some of my project. I am still new to this but I so enjoy trying to be creative. Thanks again, Anna
I love the sunflowers! The yellow and white are perfect choices for this dresser. Great job as always. If I were to win the transfers, I would redo my dresser in the guest bedroom and my quilt cabinet and maybe my coffee bar …oh there’s my cedar chest that needs to be finished (it’s currently sitting in the barn)…..
Marcie Lovett says
Love the sunny yellow color and Dixie Belle transfers!
I LOVE this dresser! You are so creative and I appreciate that you share with us your INSPIRATIONS! I always look forward to seeing you in my inbox! Thanks!
The dresser is beautiful! Love the sunflowers.
Absolutely beautiful…I love sunflowers and you did a terrific job on this dresser. Gives me more ideas…thank you..
It is beautiful. My sunflowers are about to bloom. I was late planting them. The dresser is so pretty!
Absolutely love it!
Love that yellow! Ii would use the transfers on a bench I’m working on. An old bedframe i got for free!
This would look k great in a pair of nightstands I have! Also love the yellow/white ombré shading!
Angelia Lutz says
What a transformation! I love your shading on the second drawer. Thanks for sharing the transfers! They add so much to this piece.
Nancy Sharp says
I love the way you painted this piece. So unique and cheerful! I love sunflowers too. Great job!
Michele leveto says
A dresser or fun flip home decor piece
Catherine ten Hertog says
Denise this is absolutely adorable. I can picture this in a little girls room but I can also see it in a bathroom to hold towels and bath supplies. Excellent makeover. I would love to try transfers and have the perfect vintage three drawer chest to work on. Thanks for the inspiration.
WOW! This is beautiful. I have the perfect piece for a transfer. I sure hope I win!
Susie Wilcox says
This dresser is adorable. I love sunflowers too. I can see this in a little girls room or just a fun pop in a dark hallway. Hey, I have a dark hallway! And I am working on a white dresser right now. Umm, maybe I will win and can brighten up my hallway! Thanks for the giveaway.
Hi Denise. I love this cheerful and girly makeover. The colors are perfect. Filling in the design on the top drawer and adding the sunflower decoration really tie this dresser together. So pretty. It would be perfect in a child’s bedroom.
Mary Kaiser says
I love how your dresser turned out, so beautiful! I hope to win your transfers in your contest, I have never use them and it would be fun to have them to try!! Thanks for the contest!