Before & After: Thrift Store Dresser Goes Two Tone

Before & After: Thrift Store Dresser Goes Two Tone

Colleen Quinn
Nov 4, 2011

When Erin fell in love with a DIY dresser re-do found online, she just knew she wanted to create her own version. She kept her eye out for a suitable dresser for her house, finally snapping one up at a local thrift store. Though smaller and blockier than her inspiration piece, the piece was perfect for the two-tone treatment she wanted to try.

Erin painted and primed the frame of the dresser with a lovely blue-grey (Cement Grey by Behr), then sanded and stained the drawers in Ebony (by Minwax). A couple of coats of wipe-on poly and the dresser was done. Erin used Barkeeper's Friend to shine up the drawer pulls, then found a new home for this dresser in her hallway. This type of combination finish is a great solution for a dresser with a battered frame but decent drawer fronts; the colorful paint covers up the flawed finish while staining the drawer fronts allows the lovely wood grain to shine through.

For more information on this transformation, check out Richmond Thifter: Copying- the Best form of Flattery!?

Images: Erin at Richmond Thrifter.

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