Rescued Red Buffet

Karin at Art Is Beauty was out with her girlfriends for a birthday lunch when she spotted an old dresser at the side of a city street.  Her friends were nice enough to help her load it up into the back of the minivan and bring it home, where Karin gave it a new life.

The dresser had lots of interesting details, but a pretty drab finish.  Karin chose an oriental red color to switch things up.  The new color makes this heavy-duty dresser a real showstopper.

Read more about Karin’s dresser makeover at Art Is Beauty.

Chippy Veneer Dresser

Tammy from One More Time received this solid wood empire dresser from a friend. It was in pretty rough shape with water damage and peeling veneer. Tammy’s husband, Mr. OMT, took the castoff under his wing, and fully embraced its unique look.

refinished dresser before

Instead of starting to chip away at the remaining veneer, Mr. OMT sanded the dresser down until it was silky smooth and then sealed it with poly. Like Tammy says, it really has a lot of character. I like the rugged, natural vibe it has going on.

refinished dresser with chipped veneer

Get the entire scoop at One More Time.

Restored Walnut Dresser

Titia of Crafty in Canada was on her way to her favorite junk store when she spotted a pile of furniture on the side of the road. Amongst the pieces was this painted dresser. Titia says, “I just knew there was something special under all that ugly ewwwy paint.”

restored dresser before

While stripping off the paint, Titia couldn’t help but notice the beautiful wood grain underneath and decided to restore the dresser to its former glory with some walnut stain. Considering the popularity of painting old furniture, I’m glad Titia went with her gut on this one. There was definitely a treasure hidden beneath the paint!

restored walnut dresser

Go to Crafty in Canada to read more.

Dresser with Painted Flower

Karin from Art Is Beauty ended up with this… eh… beauty when her father-in-law brought it home from a dumpster for her. Obviously, he knew of Karin’s miracle-working abilities when it comes to castoff pieces of furniture because this dresser is looking rough to say the least!

lily dresser before

I am sure it goes without saying that it took a lot of scraping and sanding before the dresser was in paintable condition. Karin got it there though and then was inspired to add a lily to the front in honor of her wedding flower. Is Karin amazing or what?

dresser with painted lily

Find the details at Art Is Beauty.

Refinished Walnut Dresser

Tami from Curb Alert answered an ad on her local Freecycle website and ended up with a broken whitewashed dresser. It was quite the shabby little fellow, but nothing Tami couldn’t tackle when armed with some sandpaper.

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Tami sanded off all of the dirty, washed out white and replaced it with a rich walnut finish. She says of her ugly duckling: “But with a little love and TLC (and tons of elbow grease) he has matured into a Stellar Gentleman! with a gorgeous body and skin tone!” {giggle}

Walnut Dresser 4

Check it out at Curb Alert.

Industrial Style Dresser

After seven years of using a traditional country style dresser someone else left behind from a move, Karen from Redoux decided it was time to finally give the piece a much needed make over.


Karen stripped off the white paint and refinished the piece to have an old, weathered look. The icing on the cake is the addition of vintage knobs and casters. You would never even guess this is the same dresser!


Check out the transformation at Redoux.

Distressed Black Dresser

Charlene from Finally Doing What I Love went to a little auction on her town square one Saturday morning, and came home with several fun finds.  One of them was this cute dresser with curvy legs that she won for $10.

The piece was sturdy and came with the original mirror, but it did have a few issues that had to be addressed.  Charlene ended up stripping down the original veneer, which was a lot of work, but totally worthwhile once she saw how the dresser looked with a coat of Valspar’s Satin Black Enamel.  She also touched up the hardware with Rub & Buff in Antique Gold to really bring out the details.

Now the refinished dresser is sitting pretty in Charlene’s kitchen, offering extra storage and counter space.  For more details on this project, visit Finally Doing What I Love.


Ebony Stained Dresser

Jessica from A Smith of All Trades has had this dresser for as long as she can remember. There is even a little blue bead still stuck in the keyhole that her sister put there when they were kiddos. After all those years, there was no denying the fact that it needed an update.

refinished dresser before

Jessica sanded the whole dresser down before refinishing it with a deep ebony and adding a pop of color with her hardware. Refinishing furniture can be a beast to tackle, but it’s so worth the effort when you can take a piece that’s packed with history and give it a new look that you will truly enjoy for many years to come!

refinished dresser

Get the details at A Smith of All Trades.