Coral Dresser Makeover

I’m so excited to share this project with you! About a year ago, I was on the lookout for a long low dresser that could be used as a tv stand. I hit the jackpot one day while shopping at one of my trusty thrift shops. I looked around the furniture area and wasn’t seeing anything that was what I was looking for. For whatever reason, I decided to look around it again and BAM. I saw it. The reason I passed it by the first time was that it was turned upright on its side. I anxiously went to the front to get an associate to get someone to help me get a sold sticker on this baby before anyone else tried to get their hands on it. It was half off furniture day too (cue hallelujahs and dancing).  I bought this baby for $12.50, making this purchase one of my all time best thrift store finds. $12.50 just let that sink in.


I decided pretty quickly that I wanted to paint it coral. We used it as is for about 9 months and I finally got around to finishing it up! Here’s the before and after!

Here it is in our living room!
Last Christmas my in-laws got me an HVLP paint sprayer. This is my new sidekick and secret weapon!
Along with the paint sprayer, I had an arsenal of  finishes. I used an oil based primer mixed with Penetrol for the first coats. The coral is an interior latex paint mixed with Floetrol. The finishing touch is clear gloss Polycrylic. Between most coats I did a light sanding.
If you’re wondering, the coral color is Dutch Boy’s Coral Bliss.
I reused the original drawer pulls. First, I tried cleaning them with a vinegar, salt, and hot water solution. This helped, but it still wasn’t the polished look I was going for. I decided to try some Rustoleum Metallic Gold spray paint and I loved the result!
Here are some more finished photos!
I thought I’d also share a little bit of our living room transformation. It looks so different from when we moved in! The wallpaper was quickly taken down, but we lived with ugly wallpaper glue walls for about 7 months. Last year, I thought we were going to be living with our hand-me-down pineapple couch forever. We’ve been slowly swapping out the old for craigslist finds, thrift store finds, and diy projects that are more us and make us feel at home. If you’d like to see more of what our living room looked like shortly after we moved in, check out the post where I entered a Vintage Revivals epic room makeover giveaway! Our living room is just waiting on some trim work now.
I hope you enjoy this! Have you been working on any projects? Please comment if you have any questions or leave some love!


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Shannon at MadiganMadeOctober 26, 2013 - 12:19 am

I LOVE the color! So pretty and soft with the gold accents.

Rachel CarverOctober 26, 2013 - 8:03 pm

Congratulations on having your project featured on a DIY website! I very much enjoyed seeing your step-by-step process and the paints/tools used to complete the dresser! Thanks, Michelle Scott Jaeckel

CeeCeeNovember 17, 2013 - 2:20 am

Wow! Love the color! Great dresser design, too.
Thanks for sharing.

Sharna WilkersonNovember 17, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Well done. I just love the color and what an amazing difference it has made to your room.

[…] the after! For painting it, I followed the same procedures as what I did for the coral dresser makeover. We seemed to have an endless winter here in Wisconsin and it took awhile for the weather to […]

Melissa WoodsJune 2, 2014 - 2:22 am

Another cute one! I like your use of pastels, they’re really trending now. And I adore mid-century modern furniture. I definitely think you did this dresser justice.

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