How to Makeover an Ugly Dresser with a Can of Paint and Boiling Water

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Blogger Grier from The Craft Crib is known for epic DIYs and tutorials. However, this project on an ugly dresser is one of her top raved about makeovers to date. And if you see the ugly dresser that she started with, you will understand why. Aside from the fact that the dresser was ugly, it was in perfect condition. It was purchased at a local Goodwill for only $80, so it was a treasure, to say the least.

If you have an outdated dresser or piece of furniture at home that you’ve been seriously considering to throw away, don’t. You might get a hint or two from this DIY makeover.

New Color

The first step in Grier’s DIY dresser makeover is to change the paint of the dresser. A semi-gloss white paint is the perfect choice because it instantly gives a modern makeover to the dresser. White is also a neutral color so it is very easy to create accents to.

Mix a chalk paint using one part plaster of paris and mixing it with three parts paint and one part water.

Use a Tupperware container for mixing your paint. It also makes it easy to preserve the paint when you use containers with lid.

Make sure to lightly sand the furniture surface with every coat that you apply. Start with two layers of paint. When you are done, paint the drawers too. make sure to take them out while painting them and leave it to dry overnight.

You must then finish the paint using a paste finishing wax. This will protect the dresser from wear and tear.

Re-Paint Hardware

When finished with the dresser itself, it is time to turn the attention to the hardware. Boil water and then add baking soda. Put the hardware onto the pot of boiling water and baking soda mixture for at least 30 minutes. Depending on the paint coverage, it might take more than 30 minutes to boil the hardware. Leave them to dry.

If the old paint is still evident, run it under hot water and scrub it.  This will help remove the rust and give it a new shiny appearance. At this point, you can re-attach the hardware to the dresser.

Voila! The old dresser is now looking like a chic and modern piece that will instantly add a glamorous touch to your room.