Unfinished refinished dresser

Hi there! Is anyone else in the Northern Virginia area wondering how 4th of July festivities will pan out with all this rain we've had? I can't remember the last time we had a blue sky from dawn to dusk...or maybe it just feels that way since I've been trying to occupy 3 toddlers inside for what feels like an eternity. Yesterday we moved our play to the garage to wait out yet another afternoon storm.

Thank you for the adorable little Adirondack chairs, Mom!

Despite the cloudy and rainy skies there have been a few fun silver linings this week, including finishing an awesome statement piece for our living room! When we decided to move my Mom's old tiger oak dresser up to Shire's room, we needed a replacement on that ~70" slice of wall. When I jumped on Craigslist and found this, I was sold!


Taking a cue from my favorite home decor store, Restoration Hardware, who has caught my eye with their raw, unfinished looks, I removed the shiny finish and stain along the top edge of this piece as well as the drawers, using 60grit sandpaper in my electric vibrating sander. The end result was this splendid, rustic wood grain that makes those metal drawer pulls really jump out!

This was one of those pieces that made my heart beat a little faster as I neared the end of the process and saw my style coming to life in what was once an ordinary 6-drawer dresser. It's such a pleasure to bring inspiration to a tangible reality.

Low down:

-removed all drawers

-sanded the top edge with 60grit sandpaper then blue taped

-painted the body of the piece in Old White by ASCP - 2 coats

-removed the hardware from the drawers and sanded those with 60grit sandpaper

-Lightly distressed the body of the piece using a medium grit sanding sponge

-Re-attached the hardware and replaced the drawers

To answer a couple styling questions I've received:

-All the slip covered seating in our living room is from IKEA's Ektorp collection, (two chairs are Ektorp - Jennylund)

-Geometric metallic mirror from HomeGoods - love the contrast with this dresser!

Thank you for reading and have a fun and safe 4th of July, America!


This post was originally featured under Chelsea's Garage, now affectionately known as StyleMutt.