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!
Get more ideas for DIY Dresser Makeovers here!
I’m a huge farmhouse style fan! I love the eclectic, natural and modern aspects of it! But I also love a good pop of color here and there.
This card catalog dresser makeover combines those two worlds!
How to Make a Card Catalog from a Vintage Dresser
A while back I came across two similar dressers. One totally had the look of a card catalog cabinet, the other had the beginnings of a card catalog style cabinet, but it wasn’t complete.
I really wanted them to be matching card catalog dressers, and so I enlisted the help of my dad.
He helped me router out the drawer fronts to recreate the same exact design, but to look like a card catalog dresser.
Then I painted them and ended up keeping them for myself.
Here’s a little look at that makeover.
The Mustard Yellow Card Catalog Dresser Makeover
Fast forward a year, I found the same exact dresser! And I couldn’t pass it up!
So, I went to work with my husband to router out the drawer fronts the same way we did on the first card catalog dresser makeover.
I’m so glad we wrote this blog post on the Card Catalog Dresser Makeover with all the details so I could recreate the look over a year later without my dad’s expertise!
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Mustard Yellow Chalk Paint
After the drawer fronts were routered out, I started on the mustard yellow paint.
To make sure the paint stuck to the dresser, I cleaned the dirt, grime, wax and oil off of the dresser with Krud Kutter. Then I lightly sanded the whole dresser down with 220 grit sandpaper and removed any dust with a vacuum and a tack cloth.
Prepping the dresser for paint is the most important step in the painting process. So if you want all your hard work to last, take a few extra minutes to properly prep the wood for paint. Otherwise, your paint could easily scratch or peel off!
BB Frosch Paint Transformer Powder (Chalk Paint Powder)
I picked out a mustard yellow paint Sherwin Williams and had Home Depot color match it.
Then I mixed some BBFrosch Paint Transformer Powder into the paint to make homemade chalk paint.
This was my first time using BB Frosh to make homemade chalk paint, and I am super impressed by it! It really did make latex paint into chalk-style paint, and not just any homemade chalk-style paint, but really good chalk-style paint! I actually can’t wait to use it again!
BB Frosch Paint Transformer Pros
- It turns cheap latex paint into quality chalk-style paint.
- Mix with any color under the sun from your local hardware or paint store.
- It’s easy to mix together.
- The homemade chalk paint is way better than the homemade chalk paint recipe I usually use.
- The adhesion was great!
- I love how it made the paint silky smooth and easy to distress.
- You can mix small batches so you don’t use all the powder on just one color.
- It’s a bit cheaper compared to other chalk style paints!
BB Frosch Paint Transformer Cons
- You have to mix it into the paint, so it takes an extra minute or two.
- Honestly, I can’t think of another con.
Learn more about how to use BB Frosch Paint Powder here.
I painted the dresser with a few coats of mustard yellow paint and my favorite paint sprayer.
You can use a paint brush if you don’t have a paint sprayer! This is my favorite paint brush because of the shape, quality and price.
Learn more about painting furniture with a paint sprayer!
Then I cleaned off any dust and sealed the chalk paint with my very favorite water-based polyurethane.
Chalk style paint is very porous and has to be sealed for wipe-ability and extra durability, and spraying poly from a paint sprayer is super and easy, and gives the perfect streak free finish.
The Card Catalog Hardware
After the paint was dry I added this fresh new card catalog hardware and put little labels in them. That’s my favorite part!
These are the screws I used to attach the hardware onto the dresser.
I used the same ones on the other card catalog dresser makeover, and they have held up great, even with the drawers full of clothes.
Use the code “sunlight” at checkout to get 10% off your order of hardware! D Lawless Hardware is one my my favorite places to shop for hardware and their prices can’t be beat!
The Stained Dresser Top
You may have noticed that the top was missing from the during photos. This dresser had a laminated top, and I wanted a stained wood top for this dresser. So I removed the old top and replaced it with a new wood top. The new wood was actually recycled from the top of one of my desk turned into nightstands makeovers. I cut the old top down to the size of this dresser and then I stained it in the deep and rich Java Gel Stain.
Learn more about how to replace the top of a dresser here!
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P.S. This DIY Mustard Yellow Card Catalog Dresser is for sale! With shipping available across the country.
I love that this piece can either be a card catalog dresser, or a card catalog nightstand! We are using the originals as nightstands, and I love them! But it’s also big enough to be a dresser in an entryway, or a coffee bar etc. Even extra storage in a bathroom!