Yellow Painted Dresser

My friend Jessica got this old dresser from a junk store in downtown Indy.   Unfortunately they didn’t have all the hardware so she had to purchase some.   Plus it was in pretty rough shape.   I know I catch flack from some of you when I paint vintage furniture but when it isn’t in great shape refinishing is a daunting task.   And when you want a yellow dresser, you paint!

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 It started out needing some love — knobless, chipping and cracking.   The drawers are curvy and it is such a fun piece of furniture with great detail.   I knew a little yellow paint with distressing would make this piece POP!

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I have seen some dirty furniture in my life – but this took the cake.   I am guessing this was stored in a garage or barn.

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Supplies:

Sun Safari Dutch Boy Paint

Paint stripper

metal scraper

Various grits of sandpaper

electric sander

Home Right Command Max Paint Sprayer

Wood Filler

Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape and Film

1.   I decide to strip the top because no amount of washing was getting the skank off the top.   So I poured a thick coat of stripper on it and used a metal scraper to scrap the finish off.   I filled all the cracks with wood filler. Then I sanded the entire piece down smooth with various grits of sandpaper.

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2.   Once it was prepped I thinned some Dutch Boy Sun Safari paint and loaded it into my paint sprayer (I am giving away 3 this Friday!).   We also taped off the drawers with some Scotch Blue Tape with Film.   Then I gave it two light coats (drying in between).

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3.   I let it dry a full 24 hours and then used an 80 grit sandpaper to distress it.

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4.   I attached the new hardware and gave it back to Jessica to take occupancy in her master bedroom.

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And because everybody loves and good before and after picture…

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I love how Jessica styled it with the black and white photos of her kids.   It is the perfect contrast with the bright yellow dresser.   So what do you think?   Love yellow or hate it?

If you love the vibrant pop of painted furniture check out this coral painted dresser here.

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  • Carmel

    Nice! I agree with you, if it’s in really bad shape, it would have to be pretty special to the family for me to take time to refinish it. I LOVE paint b/c it’s so easy! Turned out really cute!
    The hardware looks nice too.

  • http://parloandlogi.blogspot.com/ Chrissy @ Parlo and LOGI

    Wow! What an awesome find, and you did an amazing refinishing it. Your blog makes me want to go thrifting…. like yesterday!

  • http://www.ruralpearl.blogspot.com Lesley H

    I love it!! I have a few projects on my to-do list.

  • Marilyn

    Love the yellow. That sprayer makes it look easy.

  • http://www.reneweduponadream.com Sarah

    It looks great! I love the sunny yellow color :)

  • http://www.topthistopthat.com Laura at Top This Top That

    This looks incredible!
    Laura

  • http://www.hesforsavynme.blogspot.com Lindsey E

    I love this! I would love to have an eye like yours and create something beautiful out of something I never would think of buying!

  • http://number-2-pencil.blogspot.com Melissa @ No 2 Pencil

    Oh my goodness! I love it! I love yellow and I painted a similar dresser for our home yellow as well, so of course I love it!!!

    Love the new hardware and the black and white pictures! It really brings it all together!

  • http://www.easierthanithought.com Ahna @ Easier Than I Thought

    The dresser looks great. I have a piece that my husband has had from his college apartment that was left there by a previous occupant. It has sat in our basement for a long time and looks really rough. It has great lines though. This gives me hope it might able to be salvaged after seeing this transformation.

  • indywriter

    Where is this junk shop? I live up past Anderson, and there’s nothing good around here. I’m on the hunt for good shopping spots worth the drive.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I haven’t check it out but it is called Docs.

  • http://www.blegmenokouvari.blogspot.com Angela

    Wonderful work and lovely colour!! Congratulations!!!!

  • http://www.organizingmadefun.com Becky@OrganizingMadeFun

    It’s beautiful, Beckie! I LOVE to paint old furniture! I think it’s really a great way to update a good piece of furniture to make it look modern and still have a vintage feel!

    Becky B.
    http://www.organizingmadefun.com
    Organizing Made Fun

  • Ann

    I grew up in, then owned, our antique-filled house that was built in 1760. From experience, a piece only has value when it is wanted. I say that unless an item is worth thousands, give the poor thing new life and purpose. I applaud you Beckie! Your results are always awesome!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      My sentiments exactly!

  • Ellen

    hi this looks great! I recently did a dresser as well and it was a toss up btwn yellow or red. I went w/red and stenciled using a plastic bag — ck it out!
    http://shimmerandtulle.blogspot.ca/2012/03/stenciled-dresser.html

  • Michelle

    I’m usually one of those oh-don’t-paint-it types, but I have to admit, this time, especially since it was in such bad shape…it looks great! You did good! :) My daughter wants yellow furniture…her’s is all “pretend” wood anyway, so hopefully this summer her’s will be getting a pretty yellow makeover too.

  • Lisa

    LOVE IT YELLOW!!

  • Amber

    Love, love, love it! I want one! :-)

  • Denise

    I love it! The color is great and the details in the dresser look wonderful.
    I would love to try a paint sprayer on my next project.

  • http://www.alivinghomeschool.com Christy

    Very pretty! You know, I have a dresser this exact same color and I think it’s kind of ugly. But, somehow, you make it look beautiful lol.

  • Carrie

    I am on the lookout for a similar dresser and love the color! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • http://azcubed.wordpress.com Allyson Reed

    Wow, I love this! I am totally using you for inspiration!

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  • http://www.paintedelegance.blogspot.com Lauren

    Great dresser! Love the color! Great for inspiration :)

  • http://www.floridaysmom.com Christina @ Floridays Mom

    Love this yellow paint job. I am using it as part of some of my favorite yellow painted projects on my blog. Thanks for the great color options. Its beautiful!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thank you for the shout out Christina.

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  • Lisa Hughes

    I have this very same dresser, chest of drawers, bed and side tables! I was thinking about painting them, but couldn’t get enough nerve up to do it! Thank you for the inspiration!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      You can do it! It is so fun to have that pop of color!

  • Wendi Pullin

    I love this, it inspires me to do a china cabinet I have.

  • Michelle at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust

    Hi Becky, I adore this beautiful yellow color you chose. What a wonderful project. I am pinning!

    Warmly, Michelle
    PS – Will you be at SNAP?

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thanks for the pin Michelle. Yep I will be at SNAP.

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