Trash-to-treasure: 60’s style dresser

18 Jun

Ok so let me start by saying I am in love with this dresser.  I found this at a local thrift store and there was no way I was leaving without it.  I had pictured something this style for our dining room buffet.  I’ve been really drawn to this style of furniture that ‘floats’ off the ground.  In a house our size I think it helps to keep furniture from ‘sitting’ on the floor so it doesn’t start to look heavy or cramped. 

Interestingly enough I really liked the finish.  If it were for our dining room which is painted a pale beige (shelter cove: behr) I might have considered leaving it as is.  However I planned on putting it in our back bedroom which is already painted a dark brown (morrocan brown: sherwin williams).  After some thought I knew what I wanted to do, but like most everything I do it wasn’t going to be easy! 

I pictured an almond color with pale greyish blue zebra stripes.  Hmm now how was I going to do that?  I checked online and Michaels for zebra stencils until I decided to create the stripes by hand.  I drew the pattern on sticker paper that I found at Staples .  When I realized how time intensive this project was going to be I decided to only do the top in zebra print. 


The first step was to remove all the hardware, legs and sand the entire dresser.  Then I painted it my base color (Rhino: Behr).  I did about three coats, let it dry completely and then started on the top.  In order to do the top I had to cover the rest of the dresser in plastic to avoid over spray.  I peeled off all the pre drawn stickers, stuck them to the top and sprayed the top in a high gloss almond spray.  I also sprayed the legs and hardware a matching metalic silver.  To finish it all off and make sure it was sealed I added a min wax poly seal. 

This looks so much better in our guest bedroom than our old furniture!  I love this dresser because of it’s youthful retro 60’s feel.  What do you think? 

Have a project you need help with email I’d love to help!


The Staging Chick

7 Responses to “Trash-to-treasure: 60’s style dresser”

  1. Ray* December 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    Your are quite talented. This dresser rocks! Don’t you just love thrifting!!!!

  2. Sharon McConnell November 1, 2010 at 12:02 am #

    Love, love, love what you did to this classic dresser. I too love this style of decorating. Maybe because it is so familiar to me having grown up in the 60’s. Great job from one designer to another.

    • sunflowercreationshome November 1, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

      Thanks Sharon!

  3. jen June 21, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    i freakin love that! you will have to come to pittsburgh when i move and help me shift through the thrift shops for stuff that we can revamp like this dresser! I love it! i have a dresser here at my house I may revamp! gotta fix the drawers and put on new hardware. What do you suggest for fixing the bottoms of drawers?

  4. Beth Alligood June 19, 2010 at 3:24 am #

    I love what you did. It looks amazing!!

  5. Lisa June 18, 2010 at 9:53 pm #

    Nice work!


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