How To Update A Tired Piece Of Furniture

January 29, 2021

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

With many of us spending more time at home, it is important to keep our spaces feeling fresh as well as giving ourselves time to be creative. One easy way to do this is to refresh your tired furniture by painting it. There are many excellent quality paints on the market that make it so easy to do. The creative aspect of it is what I really love, it’s very therapeutic. 

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I found this vintage french provincial dresser on one of my trips to my local Salvation Army Thrift Store. If you grew up in the 60’s, 70’s or even the 80’s, you may have had one of these dressers in your bedroom. It’s a very sturdy and well-made piece but it has yellowed over the years. It really needs an update.

My first step in the transformation is to give it a quick prep. Just clean with TSP or warm water and vinegar to remove any residue. I used 220 sandpaper to give it a scuff, giving the surface a bit of “tooth” and then wipe off any residue with a damp cloth. Click here to watch a video on how to properly prep.

I used Fusion Mineral paint Ultra Grip to help the paint adhere, since the dresser was laminate. You can also use any high-quality furniture paint primer for your project. Click here to learn how to apply Ultra Grip. After 12 hours I was ready to start painting. I used Fusion Mineral paint Little Lamb and metallic pearl on the edging and details to really make it stand out. After two coats it was done! Click here to learn more about Fusion Mineral Paint.

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I love how easy it was to transform this outdated yellowed dresser into a gorgeous statement piece. Have a tired piece of furniture that needs some love? Consider painting it, and have some fun while getting creative. Happy thrifting!