How to Transform a Thrifted Dresser into an Elegant Statement Piece

 

Contributed by: Erin Rochon of Erin Rochon Design, Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.

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With everyone spending more time at home, it is especially important for us to be surrounded with items we love and that have a purpose. On a trip to my local Salvation Army Thrift store while looking for furniture for my bedroom, I found this gorgeous dresser.
 

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It was in excellent condition, solid wood and had deep drawers to fit more clothes. After looking inside the drawer I found this was a Gibbard dresser! They were a Canadian furniture company known for their high-quality furniture. If you are lucky you can often find them in thrift stores.
 

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The dark wood felt outdated in my space and I found the details of this stunning piece were lost. I decided to paint this in a soft, almost neutral blue. The first step in painting furniture is to prep it. Give it a good clean with TSP (a super duper oil and grease remover), a quick scuff sand with 220 sandpaper as if you are wiping down your kitchen table and then wipe it off with a damp shop rag. Click here to see how to properly prep your furniture.

Here is what you need:
 

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Once this dresser was prepped it was time to get to painting! Two coats of paint in this gorgeous soft blue colour updates this dresser. I added a metallic gold along the molding with a fine artist brush and a steady hand, to elevate the look and add some bling. Keeping a damp shop rag on hand to wipe off any mistakes makes the process easy and eliminates the need for painter’s tape. I painted the hardware to give it a more cohesive look. Fusion Mineral Paint has a built in top coat in it, so once your paint has dried that is it! This stunning dresser has been transformed into an elegant statement piece.
 

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Next time you are looking for furniture head to your local Salvation Army Thrift store. You can easily paint it to make it work with your decor. Happy thrifting!