I am a huge fan of upcycling old and antique furniture!! I’m not sure if this love was born out of choice or necessity (#newlywedbudget) but I am a huge fan. I’ve had a lot of successful projects and I wanted to share with you all how easy they are!! Creating an elegant and chic living space does not have to cost a ton of money.
IMO there are two main reasons why upcycling old pieces is the best: 1) furniture from back in the day is so much sturdier and built way better than the kind of furniture that’s at Ikea. 2) you can probably find old furniture for a lot less than you would pay at a new furniture store.
So this is an old dresser I recently upcycled. Here is the before:
This is my only before pic …
And here is the after:
I’m going to take you through the steps I took to upcycle this! It’s sooo easy.
One // Acquire
I think this dresser was my grandpa’s — almost all of the furniture I have upcycled used to belong to family members! Other great places to find your next project piece are flea markets, garage sales, and antique shops. If the flea market is super disheveled or chaotic then you will probably find a hidden treasure 😉 So, first step is to acquire a piece of furniture!
Two // Decisions, Decisions
For this dresser I decided to paint it a basic semi-gloss white. Since Michael’s in the Navy and we move all the time I like having my big pieces of furniture neutral colors and then I accent with pops of color! Everything is much more versatile this way.
Of course, there are all kinds of painting options (chalk paint, gloss, flat matte) but semi-gloss is usually my go to with pieces of furniture that are going to see a lot of heavy use. I’m actually working on a couple projects right now that involve chalk paint — and you guys know I’ll be posting them here once I’m done!
Three // Prime & Paint
This dresser was pretty dark so it needed a coat of primer. To make things easier I used a 2 in 1 paint that already had primer in it! I love this because IMO it saves time and does not change the look of the project in a negative way. I used two coats of paint for this dresser.
Four // Details
This dresser came with hardware but it was looking a little roughed up. I wanted to keep the original hardware because I liked the vintage feel so I just took the pulls off the dresser and spray painted them gold. Voila! I also added drawer liners which adds a nice little touch. These drawer liners are just like paper and you cut them to fit the drawer. They stay really well and if you get sick of the design you can just throw them out. I found these at Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Five // Dresser Accessories
This is just for fun — I’m sharing what’s on top of my dresser! No matter where I’m living I always include these things on top of my dresser: a tray for knick knacks, a jewelry showcase, my favorite perfume, a picture frame (or two) and a book.
(this is a vintage frame from my family that my mom and I refurbished!)
Yay, that’s it! No sanding or taping required, just two coats of paint & primer! Happy Monday friends ♥ For daily doses of JE you can follow me on Instagram or Snap: JassamineElaine