Before & After: Bamboo Dresser Now Proud as a Peacock

published Feb 5, 2015
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(Image credit: Cate Henderson)

When Cate spotted this bamboo dresser, it was in bad shape, sporting a dual-finish black paint job and lots of wear and tear. But with elbow grease and a bold new hue, this piece sports a proud new look:

(Image credit: Cate Henderson)

From Cate:

I found this bamboo dresser hiding behind a clothing rack at Goodwill on a furniture sale day. My first reaction was YIKES. It was covered in chipping paint (revealing that it was once a white bamboo dresser) and had been refinished in hodgepodge of high gloss and flat/ matte black paint. DOUBLE YIKES. But I have always thought that bamboo detailing has something very regal about it. And the sale sticker didn’t hurt.

The original hardware was ok but my crow-like sensibilities wanted something… shinier. And when I saw the brass bar pulls… well, I really couldn’t help myself. For the paint I chose “Peacock Tail” by Behr. Normally I would not suggest a latex based paint for a furniture piece unless you’re ready for some extra work. Besides having to repair a lot of the damaged areas with wood filer, I had to sand the crap out of the entire beast in order to prep the surface for paint, roll the paint on carefully to avoid brush strokes, then sand and re-roll to get the final surface texture smooth, and finally seal it with a clear coat of polyurethane to give it that high-end sheen. But the extra elbow grease for this sophisticated shade of teal was so worth it.

Now the rich and glossy teal coat and the handsome hardware have restored it to its regality.

For more photos and information, check out Cate’s blog, StyleMuttHome.

Thank you, Cate!