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The Grungy Dresser Refurb

While scrolling Facebook Marketplace (which is quite a dangerous pastime), I came across this old grungy dresser.

After a little research, I found out that it is a common French Provincial style dresser. So, I didn’t feel bad about refurbishing it.

The grungy dresser before pic!
(The before picture – the dresser was so grungy it was no longer white.)

We have looked for a ‘long’ dresser for a while for oldest daughter’s room. Not only did she need more clothing storage, but she desperately needed more ‘counter-space’ for her tv, lamps, and picture frames.

And for $40, I knew that I could make this one work. And could even make it beautiful!

The Revamp

After getting the grungy dresser home, I didn’t waste any time trying to clean this thing up.

I unscrewed the knobs and peeled off the random blue felt glued around them.

I knew right away that I wanted to replace the knobs and that I would no longer need 2 knobs on each long drawer. So, I filled in those holes with wood putty.

Sanding is an important step in any refurb project.
(Sanding down the dresser drawers.)

After letting the putty dry, I sanded all the drawer faces, the dresser’s sides, and feet. I didn’t sand the top because it is covered in white laminate that is in immaculate condition. Since laminate is super durable and will likely hold up to my kids’ abuse better than paint, I decided to leave it alone.

A quick dusting later and I was putting on a coat of primer. Thankfully, it only took one coat of primer as the dresser was already white. Then it was time for the ‘real’ paint.

Lainey’s favorite color has always been yellow. Even as a toddler, she would ask for anything ‘lellow’. It even fits her happy, sunny personality. So, without a doubt, we were painting her ‘new’ dresser yellow.

Yellow is a tricky color. It is SOOO hard to find a true yellow paint. They’re either too gold or too neon, it’s hard to find something in the middle. We found this Benjamin Moore: Banana Yellow and it was absolutely perfect!

As soon as the paint dried, we couldn’t wait to add the new knobs. (Also, why is picking out knobs so hard?)

I let Lainey pick out the knobs for the middle drawers at Hobby Lobby. The white flower knobs on the 6 side drawers were from Lowes and go so perfectly on this newly refurbished dresser.

(This yellow is absolutely perfect!)

With a little TLC, the grungy dresser was grungy no more!

This was a quick and easy little furniture flip. The dresser was $40 and the paint was $22. We had all the other supplies on hand. So, this whole project cost a total of $62.

Not bad for a dresser that we will use for years to come. And Lainey LOVES it! Which always makes this mama’s heart happy!

The grungy dresser after pic!
(The dresser turned out perfect!)

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