Vintage Ladder Back Dresser Makeover

Friday, February 21, 2020

Hi Friends! Hope you're all doing great and are ready for the weekend!

Today's makeover has already been shared over on my Instagram (don't forget to follow me ;)) But, I still wanted to share the full makeover with you over here!

Today we are going to be making over this cool vintage dresser (ladder back I think?) and I am so excited!  It turned out so simple, yet so different from where it started!


(The products used in this makeover were so kindly sent to me by the team over at Country Chic Paint, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own!)

I picked up this piece off of FB Marketplace as usual and I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw the listing!


I started off by sanding down the top of this piece because it was pretty worn down from use over time, and it just needed a fresh sand and stain to make it new again!

After sanding it down I realized there were some water spots that just wouldn't sand out so I took my dilemma over to Instagram and got some awesome feedback from some fellow furniture painters!

I was recommended bleach, as well as Barkeepers Friend!  I applied some bleach over the spots a couple of times and it lightened them up quite a bit!  They didn't completely disappear, but because I was doing a dark stain, I wasn't too worried about it!

Next up I gave this a good stain because boy was it DIRTY! Including the top so i could make sure all of the bleach was washed off so it wouldn't affect my stain!

Because I was going to be painting this a light color, I knew it needed to be primed to prevent any bleed through.  I used my trusty BIN Primer from Home Depot and gave it a good 3 coats of primer, just to be safe!

I like to roll on my primer, but you can totally just brush it on!

Once I let that dry for a full day, I smoothed it out with a 320 grit sandpaper.  

Now were ready for the best part, PAINT!  I grabbed my paint in the color Sunday Tea from Country Chic Paint and got to work. I gave the piece 3 coats of paint using my favorite Country Chic oval paint brush!

While the paint dried, I started to stain the top.  I did 3 coats of stain to reach that deep color I wanted and I let it dry for 48 hours before top coating.  if you are using an oil based stain and want to topcoat it with a water based top coat, making sure it dries for a long time is essential!

So once everything dried for awhile, I sprayed my clear coat on the whole piece!  I gave it 2 coats!  I put on my new knobs from amazon, and lined my drawers with some pretty paper from Home goods and she was done!

Here are her beauty shots :)

Let me know what you think of this color and what you would do with it! And don't forget to use my code below!!

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