Projects & Improvements

Before & After: Karrie’s Antique Dresser Rescue

published Jan 26, 2014
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(Image credit: Karrie Franks )

Karrie first found this dresser at a local thrift store for $50. She felt it was a bit pricey because of its badly banged-up condition, but she had fallen in love with the lines and the size; it would be perfect in an entryway, used as a side table or in her office as a printer stand.

(Image credit: Karrie Franks )

From Karrie:

Originally I was hoping to just sand it down and keep it natural with a clear-coat but the wood veneer was in bad shape and breaking apart, so I had to rethink my approach.

I decided to patch and repair the body of the dresser and paint it white — the drawer fronts were in great shape so I was able to add a nice white horizontal stripe which allowed the natural wood to show through. I fabricated new leather pull handles with scraps from a local leather shop and brass rivets. I’m really happy how it turned out, and it works great in our modern home.

See more inspiring before and after photos on Karrie’s website.

Re-edited from a post originally published 1.26.14-NT

Thank you Karrie!