Before & After: Freshening Up a Free Dresser

published Aug 21, 2016
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(Image credit: Nicole of Visual Heart )

Nicole took one look at this dresser in “horrible condition” and saw major potential. Thanking the furniture gods for the fact that it was a paintable plywood, she set about turning this freebie into a fresh & stylish piece.

(Image credit: Nicole of Visual Heart )

From Nicole: This ugly red painted plywood dresser was in horrible condition. Missing hardware, holes and scratches everywhere but I loved that it was plywood so I could paint right over that ugly red! I got it for free from a neighbor and immediately started filling all the holes and scratches on every surface.

Once the surface was smooth I applied several thin coats of primer and then several thin coats of furniture paint in white and light grey.

The white and light grey went so well with the brushed gold/brass hardware I picked up at my local hardware store. The brushed gold added a touch of modern and I matched the legs with some gold metallic spray paint on the legs.

Thank you, Nicole! Check out more on Nicole’s blog Visual Heart.