Monday, January 20, 2014

Goodwill Dresser Upcycle Reveal

Update (1-20-16): You guys love this makeover so much I have created a series of video tutorials to show you exactly how I achieved this look. Check out part 1 and part 2 on my YouTube channel. Part 3, the last video in the series, coming soon!

I am beyond excited to share this reveal with you. This is my first refinishing project with a piece I bought from a secondhand store. The hunting part was challenging, but also exciting.

I found this gem at Goodwill for $24.99. I hesitated to buy it at first because it had a couple of chipped drawers. Keep checking back for a post on how I fixed that problem. This thing was really banged up, too, with tons of dents and weird spills and stains. I almost walked away but my gut told me that at this price, I had to give it a chance. And I am so glad I did. It is the perfect piece for our front foyer.
I started off by sanding down all the spills and giving it a good scrubbing with some Murphy Clean and Shine Spray. This thing was dir-ty.

This is one of the corners I repaired. You can't even tell. Post coming on this technique soon. 

I removed all the hardware and sprayed it with Rust-Oleum Universal spray paint and primer in Hammered Black. This was my first time using this product, and let me tell you, it is amazing! This stuff looks like real metal. It costs around $7 at Home Depot, and it probably saved me about $50-80 in new hardware costs.

This look was created using two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. I tried a new technique and distressed it before I used my Annie Sloan Clear Wax. I used 100 grit sand paper to distress followed by a coat of clear wax and finished it off with a mix of clear and dark wax. I wanted this really shabby because of all the nicks and dents it has, so I used dark wax on the entire piece versus just in the spots I distressed.

With the great price I got for this piece, I am tempted to try and sell. But I think at this point, I am too in love with it. What do you think? Sell or keep?

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  1. Keep for a year and then find a "new" piece and do it again!

  2. Wow! What an amazing transformation.. I am new to this chalk painting stuff and have been enjoying your YouTube videos. I hope I can do half as good a job as you. I really hate painting - rooms and stuff - I don't know why I am so caught up with wanting to do these chalk paint pieces.. Maybe because of what you just did here!! I would want to keep this soo bad but would have the same dilemma.. What did you end up doing? How much would this sell for? Thanks for sharing.. and PS.. God is good!!

  3. I LOVE what you have done. I would KEEP it !!

  4. Just found this via Pinterest--very beautiful! (If you haven't already decided, I say keep it!). I was wondering--did you apply the wax before you coated it with the Chalk paint, or vis versa?


  5. What color dark wax did you apply?

  6. wow beautiful thanks for sharing how you did it and what it looks like up close and before and after! It's beautiful!!

  7. I do the same thing with the pieces I really like, but you could get some good money for it and always find another one. Thanks for the idea and pictures, I am going to do one just like this to sell.

  8. Keep did a really great job...what a bargain too...hard to find bargains like that here in Portugal!

  9. Love what you did and you are inspiring me,as I'm getting ready to paint my first chalk paint piece.

  10. Beautiful! I can't wait to try it with the antique dresser I just picked up at the thrift shop for $45!

  11. Keep It!! Its gorgeous!


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