I could not pass up this 5 Dollar dresser at my local thrift store, given it’s shape, size, condition, and of course the price. As with many other pieces in my garage, I did not buy it with special purpose in mind. It was in good condition and what do you get these days for $5.
When I got around to tackle it, after several months of it sitting in the garage, I had no idea what I would do with it, only that I was craving to paint something blue, white and gold for quite some time. Although it is not blue, white and gold, but pretty close blue,white and copper. I like it even better in the end with copper instead of gold. I painted the body with royal blue (some mistint) latex paint.
The procedure was the same as with all my other painted pieces. Clean, sand, prime, light sand, second coat of primer if needed, lightly sand, first coat of paint, lightly sand, second coat of paint, lightly sand, special effect(stipple, stripes, or any other pattern etc.), 2-3 coats of polycrylic varnish if light color, wipe on poly if dark, lightly sanding in between each coat.
I decoupage the dresser fronts with some textured wall paper, and highlighted the design in it with pearlescent white craft paint.
This dresser did not come with the legs. I had these awesome legs in my furniture legs pile. (I might have at least 8-10 sets or even more of different sizes and styles of furniture legs in my stash, no kidding.)
These legs brackets can be bought at any hardware store. I bought mine at Lee Valley, because they were of the lowest price and I live close to the store.
I lined the drawers with the same wall paper, because I had some extra on hand. And also I trimmed the drawer fronts with 3/4 inch wooden trim.
The dresser came with two large wood handles on two drawers and knobs on the other two. I got rid of the knobs altogether, cut the long handles in half and used those on all 4 drawers.
I even painted a geometric pattern on the top.
Look what she has transformed into after some elbow grease and TLC.