I’ve been obsessed with refinishing furniture lately, and I’m always on the look out for a new project. So when I saw this sad piece at Goodwill for $30, I knew it had to come home with me and live in the foyer.


I’ve been wanting to upgrade this area for awhile with something that had more storage, and I loved the solid wood construction of this dresser. I’m not quite sure what the previous owner was going for with this look, but I knew it wouldn’t be difficult to revamp it. I decided to move the knob holes on the top two drawers, so I filled the existing ones and gave everything a light sanding. I settled on SW7622 Homberg Grey with an antiquing glaze for the body and Minwax Dark Walnut with glaze for the top. The giant olive knobs had to go, so I replaced them with some simple leaf-motif iron beauties (on clearance for $1.59 ea!).

Once I was done with the dresser, I thought the mirror looked a little blah. A little coral craft paint and glaze made it pop. I think it’s a little funky, but I like it. What do you think?

The dresser came with small casters underneath, so I replaced them with larger ones so it would sit off the floor a bit. I may eventually replace them with legs.

So what’s the verdict? Here’s the last shot I took with the old buffet:

I wasn’t loving the dark corner as much as I used to. And now, the fresher after:

I loooooove it.  The height of the new dresser fills the space better. Plus, we have so much more storage! What about you guys…have you made any furniture upgrades lately?

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9 Responses

  1. Denise

    I *love* this makeover!

    I have a similar project in my garage as soon as I get around to it!

    This dresser is perfect for your foyer. Love it!

  2. Sandy Walters

    It looks fantastic! The problem with the mirror solved with the coral paint. I love the brightness of the corner now, cottage funk!


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