DIY Thrifted Dresser Transformation

Contributed by: Erin Rochon of Bluebird Upcycled Style, Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert

Every so often, I find a tired piece of furniture that I can visualize exactly how I want to finish it. That doesn't happen to me often but on one of my trips to my local Ottawa Salvation Army thrift store, it happened. This dresser had an outdated dark laminate finish but I couldn't resist the gorgeous hardware.

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I decided to paint this dresser in a rich green called Park Bench from Fusion Mineral Paint. Click here to learn more about Fusion. I wanted to make the brass hardware pop and knew that the contrast of the green against the hardware would be stunning.

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The first step whenever you are painting furniture is to give it a good prep. By cleaning it with TSP, then giving it a quick scuff up with 220 sandpaper and then wiping it down with a damp rag, will remove any oils or residue and ensure that the paint adheres. Click here to watch a video on how to properly prep your furniture.

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With the dresser having a laminate veneer, I used Fusion Ultra Grip and applied it over the dresser before painting. After I let it cure for 12 hours, it was time to start painting! Click here to learn how to get the best results when applying Ultra Grip.

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To get a smooth finish I used a Staalmeester brush on the drawer fronts and a microfiber roller for the longer sections of dresser. After applying the first coat I waited 4 hours until the paint was fully dried and then painted my next coat. 


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I love the transformation! The green is a bold statement but your eye is drawn to the stunning hardware. Next time you hit your local Salvation Army thrift store, don't let an outdated finish of the furniture deter you. Happy thrifting!