Modern Oak Dresser Makeover
I can’t believe that my little man is turning 11 already today. He is growing up way too fast and I’m trying to hold on to his innocence in the worst way. He still believes in Santa Claus, which makes me smile, I have no clue how we achieved this 😉 but I might have to burst his bubble at some point soon so he a) doesn’t get teased in school about believing in Santa and b) because he thinks Santa is magical and can get him anything no matter of the price tag. But I think it’s just too cute. And I did get the German layered cake done for him. I had some issues along the way, I hope it’ll taste fine LOL. I do it every year but this year it turned out a little funky!
|Yuck, look at the brown drips on the legs.|
But I knew I could turn it into something lovable. I also really liked the scale of the dresser and I could picture it as a larger nightstand dresser or changing table. The height is actually perfect for a changing table if you attach the changing pad to the back.
And after it was sanded I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint (color: Paloma). Why chalk paint again? Well, because it has the somewhat rustic feel due to the grainy oak. Regular or glossy paint would have not looked nice with that wood in my opinion. I actually have another dresser in the garage which is up next and I will paint it with a more glossy finish again I think.
After that I applied Johnson Paste Wax which took the color from a light grey to a darker grey as you can see in the picture.
I love it so much. I know I say that about almost everything but that’s how it should be, right? If I put a lot of work into it then I should love it!
In case you are wondering about the hearts, they are vinyl wall stickers and will be for sale in my Etsy shop as well. I’m hopefully adding them over the weekend.
So what do you think? Yay or nay?
Oh and hey before I forget it. The person that won my giraffe pillow cover never replied so random.org picked another. Congrats to Sabrina:
And I wish you all a great weekend.
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This is actually super similar to emmy’s new dresser! Same finish and shape to start. Love the colors and LOVE the gold touch- glamorous and chic!
Emmy’s is a very high dresser though right? You know what really bugs me is that I still had to pay for it. LOL I’m a cheapo but it was in such bad shape that I think Salvation Army still asks too much for it 😉
What?! I was just going to comment on how beautiful your dresser looks and then I see that I won!!! Whoo Hoo!! Beautiful job!! I love gold and the vinyl sticker!
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The dresser looks fantastic and I love the gold touches!
Thanks Darnetha, you know I have to touch everything with my gold fingers 😉
I love the gold trim you used. Great job!
I like it! I really do! And those heart stickers are darling Julia!
I love the hearts too and have been wanting to use them for a while now. Thanks!
It’s beautiful! Love the sticker, love the gold accents….it’s just FABULOUS!!!!
Aww thank you so much Patty, I really appreciate it.
You’re amazing Julia!
Thank you my friend! You are amazing too Jenn 😉
I love that paloma colour! SO pretty with the gold. A great makeover again.
I love the Paloma too. Originally I wanted to do a darker blue.
LOVE the gold accents!! Beautiful Julia:) As always!
🙂 Thanks so much Amy and have a great weekend 🙂
Another winner Julia!!! Great job.
The winner or the dresser LOL 🙂 jk
I love it! Definitely a “paint it” 🙂 I can’t believe something so icky became something soooo lovely! And the gold heart is the perfect finishing touch!
THanks so much for pinning!!!
Oh, I love this, Julia! Your styling is just perfection. (Cute little whale quote!)
Thank you Gina. I love that whale 😉
I always love to see how people redo a piece of furniture. This is gorgeous!
Thank you so much Amber. Have a great weekend.
Julia, it looks incredible! and the gold accents, you know how to win a gal over 😛
I know how much you love gold just like me! I just can’t keep myself from turning something gold LOL
The gold on the handles just makes it!! So cute!
Thanks Sarah, I’d love to use the dresser in my daughter’s room now because she thinks it’s cute too. Well maybe if it doesn’t sell 😉
Love this Julia!! I couldn’t figure out if the hearts were real or photoshop:) ha!! I like them though. The dresser is simple and elegant and right up my alley! Great job, as always!!
No Photoshop 😉 just wall decals. I’m addicted to wall vinyl. It’s one of the best things ever invented.
Have a great weekend.
Well how fun is that! I love how you carried the heart from the wall to the drawer. Another great piece, Julia!
Thanks so much. I’ have a wall vinyl addiction right now 😉
I love it Julia!! I love the art deco-ish shape of the bottom and your gold detail on the handles.
It totally is kind of art deco. Maybe I should change the title to modern oak art deco dresser 😉 LOL and thanks Crystal!
That looks fantastic! You really do a terrific job restoring items
Thanks so much!
Julia I really want to know about what you did to the inside of the drawers. Is it a drawer liner? Gift wrap? Where did you get it? I need aswers girl! LOL!
Hi Geesha, it is contact paper which I found at HomeGoods. I love that stuff because every time I used wrapping paper and decoupage I had bubbles. I totally forgot to mention it in my blog post 😉
I love the gold heart – never would have thought to do it but it’s the perfect whimsical touch to keep it from being too serious!
My daughter wants the gold hearts in her room now too. I have a wall vinyl addiction right!
Yeah, they are close in age, but not in height LOL. Noa is on the shorter side like me.
My daughter wants the dresser now. Maybe if it doesn’t sell I can use it in her room makeover. Thanks and have a great weekend too.
Thanks Julia! I have been looking every where for something like this. I hope I can find it at my HomeGoods. I have seen online scented drawer liners (how cool is that) but it is never in any cool geometric patterns.
They also have similar liners at Ross and Marshalls. 🙂
You did SUCH a nice job with it! And I love the drawer liners…such an expected and lovely surprise. Almost makes putting away laundry fun lol
The dresser turned out so great! Love the little gold details!!!! Enjoy your weekend!
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Ooo beautiful! That gold heart is so unique. You’re an original, Julia, in the best possible way!
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Thank you for your lovely comment, Julia;)
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Oh my goodness, that gold heart is adorable and the gold detailing on the handles is fab!
So cute with the gold heart! I’ve been under a rock, I didn’t realize you had an Etsy shop!
Oh ja, das wäre wunderbar dich mal Persönlich kennen zu lernen;)
love the touch of gold and those heart decals!
Looks awesome girl! I love the gold hearts too!
Love, love this dresser! Love the soft color, the gold trim. And the chevron liner – fabulous! Thanks for linking up to Frugalicious Friday!
LOVE the dresser makeover and that heart is my favorite part 🙂
I’m in love with the gold touches 🙂 so beautiful and feminine 🙂 & wow what a transformation, how different and so happy your husband sanded this piece of furniture for you 🙂
I love the heart you added to the dresser and around it to style it with the whale too! 🙂
I hope your son had a beautiful birthday too and so adorable how he still believes in Santa claus, I love it when kids haven’t lost all their innocence yet! 🙂 & I’m sure your cake for him was delicious!
Julia, what did you use for the gold accents on the handles?
Hi Steph, I used gold spray paint.
Julia – love the touch of gold… did you take the pulls off and what did you use to paint them … looks incredible!
This is so gorgeous, you’d never know how it started! Fabulous as always! Love this makeover!
Nice job! The gold accents work perfectly.
looks great! everything looks better with a little gold on it, right? And I’m loving that brass whale, too 🙂
Holy cow! The before and after is just stunning. Love the long handles.
Wait a second…….. my pc died and I have worked to get back on the internet……for my favorite blogs…………. so are you hinting that you might be expecting? I mean a changing table????? I know I am so severely behind in everything, but I thought I might just ask what ……. did I miss?
Haha, no Sheryll…I sell the furniture in my etsy shop and I just want to give people and idea what to use it for.
I adore this transformation! It’s just so unique and the details are too cool. Plus … gold? LOVE.