Vintage Mini Dresser Refresh

I’ve been calling this piece a mini-dresser but it’s really more nightstand size. No matter what you call it, it was in need of a refresh. The old finish was flaking and was a garish yellow-green. Other than looking ugly and a chunk missing from the side (an easy fix with wood filler) there wasn’t anything else wrong with this little cast-off.


I sanded the top and drawer fronts as clean as I could get them with my orbital sander. Goodbye yellow! I didn’t want them much darker so I used dark antique wax to add richness to the wood without adding a lot of color. Dry-brushed liming wax gave a soft, weathered look.

The exterior surround I painted a pale blue chalk paint called “Vintage” by DecoArt. This is probably my least favorite brand of paint but I do really like the color and already had some on hand.

I lightly distressed and added glass knobs to the drawers. The original handles were very cool and unique but just didn’t match the new look. I either sell or re-use all the original hardware that doesn’t make it back on a piece so the really unique ones can find a new home (check out my Etsy page for my current offers!)

For a little something special I stenciled birds on the sides of the drawers; it’s fun to add these little surprise touches that set your work apart from all the other painted furniture out there.



For easy and affordable drawer liners use spray adhesive and pretty wrapping paper

This ugly duckling is now a cute, cottage-y little accent piece.


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