I’d been stalking every local thrift and used furniture store looking for a perfectly sized, unpainted wood dresser to get my hands on to transform. It finally happened…I found this piece last fall and stored it in my garage. Last week, I got inspired and decided it was time to begin my vision on this beauty.

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My plan was to keep the top of the dresser unpainted. There were several stains, so I began sanding.

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I didn’t get all of the water stains out, so I applied a dark walnut stain that made any water marks left disappear! Voila! (never let a water-damaged piece of furniture discourage you).

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After applying a thin layer of satin poly for some added protection, I’m very happy with the result!

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Now I could get down to business with the painting! Over the years I have found not to skimp on paint quality. I buy a lot of paint in the quart size, and only purchase Behr brand with all-in-one paint & primer. It’s never failed me..why mess with a good thing?!

For this piece I used my “go to” color, heirloom white. I knew I wanted to go with the aged look and thought I would try crème wax for the effect. However, after testing it on a small area, I decided I could get the same results (and save a few bucks) by going with the old faithful approach of applying the stain I already had over the paint.

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So far I am LOVING it! The process of transforming something ugly into something beautiful is very rewarding. Someone once said “sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.” and that is so true for me when it comes to my makeovers!

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Now for the good stuff! I brought the dresser inside for the last step – the graphic! There are many techniques used to apply a graphic to wood. I decided to use the projector method for this project particularly because the large font style on this graphic made it easier to paint by hand. Ready? Here we go!

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With the graphic in place on the projector, I adjusted it to reflect onto the dresser exactly where I wanted it and taped it in place (make sure you have your tape handy for this step).

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Before I began hand painting, I got comfortable and turned on some 80’s rock…

Now the real magic happens.

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Half way through it was time for a pic…and a break. While working on this step, I wasn’t too worried about the look of the graphic. When this was all done and dry, I lightly sanded over the graphic. The sanding step will even out any high paint marks, clumps, etc. while giving it the aged look.

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After the graphic was lightly sanded, I used the furniture stain I had on hand, rubbing it on and rubbing it off to get just the right look.

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Lastly, I grabbed a cold drink and sat down a while to admire my masterpiece!

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I still need to add handles, but that may take some time to find the perfect ones.

Voila! Finally, we have a place to store our puzzles and games!

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I hope you are inspired!