Before & After: Dresser Makeover

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No matter the size of a kitchen, it seems like we could all use a little more storage. My 1960’s kitchen is no exception, so a few months ago I moved an old hand-me-down dresser into my kitchen to serve as an additional storage space. Overall I was pleased with the extra drawer space for rarely used kitchen items, but this dresser was not all that I had dreamed of as far as looks were concerned. Not yet, anyway. The time had come to give this kitchen pal a serious face-lift.


Prep work is hands down the most important part of any furniture rehab where paint is involved, so naturally my first step was to remove the drawer pulls and give this piece a solid coat of oil-based primer.

Once the primer was good and dry, the next step was to add a fresh look to this piece with a couple coats of paint, allowing plenty of dry time between each coat.

Helpful hint: Extend the life of your paintbrush without washing bristels by wrapping your paint brush in plastic and storing it in the refrigerator between coats.


For this project, I wanted to go a step beyond a simple coat of paint, so thick strips of craft paper were attached with Mod Podge® to give the drawer fronts a bit more interest. Decorative wallpaper could also be used to create a similar effect.

Once completely dry, the hardware was reattached to the drawer fronts and my new kitchen buddy was ready to roll!

– Cara Wilkerson writes the real estate and home improvement blog Live the Home Life.

Photo Credits: Cara Wilkerson

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