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.
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.
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 that old
DIY card catalog dresser makeover blog post with all the details so I could recreate the look over a year later without my dad’s expertise! Supplies Used For DIY Mustard Yellow Card Catalog Dresser As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. I also may earn from other qualifying purchases with other companies or get free product to review and use. All opinions are my own. Prepping Card Catalog Dresser for Paint
After the drawer fronts were routered out, I started on the mustard yellow paint.
To make sure the paint stuck to the end table, I cleaned the dirt, grime, wax, and oil off of the dresser with
Krud Kutter. Check out how to clean furniture before painting here.
Then I lightly sanded the whole dresser down with
220 grit sandpaper and removed any dust with a vacuum and a tack cloth. Learn about the importance of sanding before painting furniture here.
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!
Learn more about
how to prep furniture for painting in this post. Painting Dresser with Homemade Chalk Paint
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!
*Update: We did use BB Frosh powder again to transform this
DIY pink dresser and I love how it turned out! 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 in 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.
Check out my honest and detailed
BB Frosch Paint Transformer Review to learn more.
I painted the dresser with a few coats of mustard yellow paint and
my favorite paint sprayer.
Learn more about
using a paint sprayer to paint a dresser here!
You can use a paintbrush if you don’t have a paint sprayer! This is my
favorite paint brush because of its shape, quality, and price.
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.
Learn ALL of my tips and tricks on
how to spray polyurethane here! Adding Card Catalog Hardware
After the paint was dry I added fresh new card catalog hardware and put little labels in them. That’s my favorite part!
I used screws to attach the hardware to 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.
**Before painting, we filled the old hardware holes with our favorite and easy-to-use
KwikWood instead of wood filler. Learn more about how to change hardware on a dresser here!
Check out the
best wood fillers for furniture here. Replacing and Staining 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 this
upcycling a desk into a pair of nightstands makeover.
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 in this
black vintage farmhouse dresser makeover!
If you don’t need to replace the top, check out my post on
how to make a plank top dresser where I just attached to the existing top. More Before And After Makeovers
Click any of these “before” photos below to view the “after” of that makeover.
I love that this piece can either be a card catalog dresser or a card catalog nightstand!
30 amazing faux card catalog makeovers you should check out.
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!
Instructions Remove hardware from the dresser and fill the old hardware holes with KwikWood. Router out the drawer fronts to recreate the design of a catalog dresser. After the drawer fronts are routered out, clean and scuff sand the dresser to prep for paint. Remove any dust with a vacuum and a tack cloth. Mix some paint and paint transformer powder to make homemade chalk paint. Paint a few coats onto the dresser then seal the chalk paint with waterbased polyurethane. Chalk style paint is very porous and has to be sealed for wipe-ability and extra durability. Add new card catalog hardware to the dresser and put little labels in them. Replace the laminated top with a wood top then stain the top with a deep and rich gel stain. Recommended Products
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