There are so many ways to have beautiful furniture in your home on a budget.
When my husband and I got married, we were in college and were so poor. But I wanted to have a beautiful home.
I just needed to find some cheap furniture, even if it was ugly, and make it pretty!
We brought it home and I painted it black. My dad helped me fix the top with some wood. If I had only known about how to repair damaged furniture like that, it would have been even easier and I wouldn’t have needed my dad’s help haha.
That dresser became our little TV stand. It held our movies, board games, electronics. It had so much storage!
That was the start of my DIY dresser makeovers.
We kept it for over 3 years before we moved and sold it.
By then I had learned how to paint furniture and a few tricks about how to makeover dressers to fit our needs.
And I was able to really customize what I wanted and needed.
But the funny thing is that I found myself transforming a FREE dresser that a friend was giving away.
I put a wood plank top on it, removed some drawers and turned them into open spaces for the electronics. Then I painted it white.
We used that dresser for a couple of years until we moved across the country. I ended up selling it for a couple of hundred dollars right before we moved.
How to Transform a Dresser
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to decorate your home, or to make some extra money, I’ve got you covered.
Learn how to transform a dresser with this list of makeovers as the perfect guide.
Today I’m sharing the good, bad, and ugly of this dresser makeover that I did when I tested out the HomeRight paint sprayer. I went back to my roots and used homemade chalk paint, I made my share of mistakes, and I had some bleed-through issues that I had to fix.
Don't mess around with other black furniture paints like chalk paint or milk paint that are a pain to topcoat! This is the best black furniture paint if you want a nice smooth satin finish on your wood furniture!
Turn your old dresser into something you will love with this step by step tutorial on how to paint furniture with chalk paint, and how to glaze over chalk paint! Here’s the Blue Painted Dresser Makeover!
Create a Farmhouse style dresser by adding weathered wood planks to the top! You can cover a damaged dresser top with it, without replacing the dresser top! Get this painted dresser with wood top look on your own dresser! Here’s how to make a plank top dresser!
If you love farmhouse style with a pop of color, this DIY Mustard Yellow Card Catalog Dresser is for you! We updated a vintage dresser with some paint and new hardware to create a faux card catalog cabinet. Here’s how!
This Pink Vintage Dresser is making us dream of girly rooms, gold decor and frilly fabric. Here’s how you can get this look for your own vintage dresser makeover! Pink has been on my list of colors to try painting on an old dresser, and it surely did not disappoint!
How to easily makeover your old thrifted furniture into card catalog / apothecary style nightstands for your farmhouse style bedroom. With a router and card catalog hardware, we easily transformed this Ethan Allen Chest of Drawers into an Apothecary Style Dresser.
So you've found a really cool old dresser, but the drawers don't work well? What a pain! This is a common problem though. Before you paint that dresser (or not), here's how to fix old dresser drawers that stick!
Is your furniture too short? Adding legs to a dresser not only adds height, it gives a modern touch to your old furniture. Learn how to EASILY add legs to dressers, my favorite place to get legs for a dresser, and how to quickly modify your dresser so you can put those legs on.
How to update your old dresser with a fresh coat of teal paint and wood stained legs. This antique thrift store dresser was refinished in a stunning teal blue distressed paint and dark wood stained legs for a paint dipped look. This pop of color is so much fun for any room in your home, but would be adorable in a nursery, kids room, entry way or of course your bedroom.
Old dressers are easily found at thrift stores and make for some of the best furniture makeovers. Here is an inspirational list of DIY 9 drawer dressers that will make you want to bust out the paint and find a cheap dresser!
I’m so excited to share how to turn a dresser to tv stand for your farmhouse style living room. (We removed some of the drawers and made them into shelves for the elctronics!) Then I’ll show how to give your painted furniture an antiqued finish with furniture glaze that also deepens the color for a unique painted finish. We also refinished the top in a fresh wood finish!
How to Glaze Furniture with black glaze to create shadowing and design on your painted furniture. Glaze over chalk paint with black, brown, white or colored glaze instead of using wax! For this furniture project, we used Country Chic Paint products. Get this look on your bedroom or thrift finds!
This vintage modern dresser got a complete makeover. From grey chalk paint, updated gold hardware, and freshly renewed drawers. I love how this deep grey finish is perfect for any home decor style. From farmhouse, to modern, to eclectic, and more!
Easily add a floral transfer to your painted dresser for a unique look! These decor transfers are so easy to use on refinished furniture and come in pretty floral or text designs. Learn how we easily added this floral pattern to your teal painted dresser.
This weathered wood finish is such a popular style of furniture these days! Here’s how to DIY the painted look on your thrifted vintage or antique bedroom furniture with a color wash (yep, just like whitewash).
Update your old worn out antique dresser with some fun teal chalk paint! This teal paint is the perfect teal – not too bright and in your face, and it has the perfect mix of blue to green. So you can paint your old furniture and use it in any room in your home!
Paint your old antique furniture with milk paint for an old fashioned painted finish. This quick black dresser makeover is so cheap and easy that anyone can do it! Turn your old furniture or thrift store finds into something you can’t wait to put into your home.
This dresser started out pretty drab and definitely needed a face lift. I’ve been drooling over the paint dipped look and this chest of drawers was perfect for it! There is something beautiful about combining wood and paint, especially when the paint color is an ever so popular teal.
Stop painting the same thing over and over. This unique stenciled furniture finish will set your painted furniture apart from the rest in no time! Check out this must see tutorial on how to stencil furniture with a distressed raised texture.
We recently refinished this stunning Thomasville Dresser that we had for 6 months! I can’t believe we waited that long to bring it back to life because it sure didn’t disappoint in white! This one was solid, super well built and in excellent condition. The only problem was the less than pleasing finish.
I was in search of a dresser to replace an adorable little desk in our room. I was completely surprised that I found that dresser just a week later! It was close to perfect! All real wood, except for the top. Ugh! Why why why do manufacturers do that?!
Well I could simply paint the pressed wood top, but I wanted a beautiful stained top and I wasn’t going to get that with a pressed wood fake top. Plus I try to steer away from pressed wood as much as possible! It just doesn’t hold up as well as good ole real wood does.
This green painted dresser is soooo much fun! A little bit of paint goes a long way in updating and transforming any piece of furniture, and this modern dresser is no exception! Here is how to easily DIY paint your furniture in a green modern finish.
Not only was it missing it’s legs, it was dirty, sticky, and the corners of some of the drawers we’re broken off. But for $25, I couldn’t pass it up for my own home! Originally I thought about removing the current drawer handles so it wouldn’t have a mid century modern feel anymore, but the more that I looked at the dresser, the more I fell in love with the handles.
This step by step furniture makeover tutorial is packed with stenciling tips and tricks so you know how to stencil on furniture easily. Add a stencil to your painted furniture to create extra detail and make your dresser extra special. We painted this thrifted dresser with the prettiest light blue and then stenciled beautiful flowers on the front. It’s a super easy and cheap way to make a statement piece of furniture!
More Resources for DIY Dresser Makeovers
Learn more about painting furniture with these great tutorials!