Vintage Dresser Features Industrial Vibe

Earlier this week I showed you how I took miniature curbside picket fence and turned it into garden decor. In that post, I showed you this vintage dresser I had picked up on Craigslist. To say it’s dated would be an understatement, right?

Vintage Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Made of mixed woods with a veneer-type top and sides, and also has oak drawer fronts and face. This is certainly a solid piece, BUT… it has the look of “update me please!!”

Top of Outdated Vintage Dresser | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comWhat made me pay attention to this particular piece was the drawer fronts (not those medieval bull ring pulls). The drawers looked like crates to me. Don’t you think?

I was so super-excited because just a few days ago we were covered in snow, but the day I started to work on this dresser, it was a whopping 72 degrees in the first week of March in Ohio. YIPPEE!!

Sitting on Vintage Dresser for Updating | Prodigal Pieces |

*post contains affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too and product was provided by Hickory Hardware and Country Chic Paint.

So, of course, what do you do when it’s unseasonably warm? You work on furniture. tsk. I grabbed my favorite sander and gave the cabinet of the dresser some tooth, and took the drawer fronts down to bare wood.

Sanding Dresser Drawer Fronts | Prodigal Pieces |

Once they were sanded down, I filled the original drawer pull holes with dowel, and drilled new holes for the pulls I chose to use to take this dresser to a whole new level. Aren’t they gorgeous iron bin pulls by Hickory Hardware?

Hickory Hardware Iron Bin Pulls | Prodigal Pieces |

Next, I decided to use one of my go-to stains, Early American Varathane by Rustoleum. I’ve used in it countless projects like our master bedroom makeover, our bathroom vanity, and my Pottery Barn Knock-Off. It’s a rich nutty brown that has a timeless feel.

Early American Varathane Stain by Rustoleum | Prodigal Pieces |

Now for the cabinet. A new paint to me is Country Chic Paint, and I loved their smoky gray color called Rocky Mountain (the name suits it, doesn’t it?) I knew it would be perfect to contrast those wood stained drawer fronts and tie in those iron bin pulls.

Country Chic Paint in Bliss | Prodigal Pieces |

I must say that I was impressed with the ease of use, the paint odor was pleasant, and covered nicely. Plans are in the works to use this paint again. Yay!

To add a bit of industrial flair to this vintage dresser, I decided to use my DecoArt Old World Numbers stencil that I used on my son’s clock face table and my DIY faux shipping crate table.

DecoArt Olde World Numbers Stencil | Prodigal Pieces |

Once the cabinet and numbers on the drawers cured, I lightly distressed the paint and added a poly topcoat for extra protection to the entire piece.

Are you ready for the reveal? I am!

Industrial Style Vintage Dresser Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

The colors came out exactly as I had envisioned it and the pulls really made this vintage dresser go to a whole new level. I.LOVE.IT.

Corner of Industrial Vintage Dresser by Prodigal Pieces |

Left Side View of Industrial Vintage Dresser by Prodigal Pieces |

I think this piece has so many possibilities as a dresser (of course), but also an entertainment console, a buffet, an entry credenza…I could go on. If you think this dresser is something that you would love to add to your home, you can find it in my shop. (SOLD)

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Vintage Industrial Dresser with Iron Bin Pulls by Prodigal Pieces |

My desire is to inspire you to see past the obvious and look for what something could be. Yes, this vintage dresser was in need of some love, but it really came to life with vision.

Do pin and share to inspire others too! ♥

Outdated Vintage Dresser Gets Industrial Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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Check out these projects like my vintage dresser:

Tired Bentwood Rocker Becomes Black Beauty by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comFaux Zinc Finish Tutorial for a Old World French Look by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Debrashoppeno5

    Oh what a transformation. The dresser is just fantastic.

    March 10, 2016 at 7:20 am Reply
  • Kimm at Reinvented & Roadkill Rescue

    Oh my gosh, Larissa, this is amazing! I love every detail! This darling would be perfect in my house, it perfectly fits my style. :). Do you deliver to Columbus? 😉
    GREAT job, my friend!

    March 10, 2016 at 7:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are just too sweet, Kimm. Thank you so much! And yes, Columbus is our normal stop. hee hee 😀

      March 11, 2016 at 12:28 pm Reply
  • Anne @ DesignDreams by Anne

    Love it! You could barely see the detail in the drawer fronts before – great, great makeover!

    March 10, 2016 at 9:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Anne!

      March 11, 2016 at 12:26 pm Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    Lookin Good Larissa! I love what y ou did here. Very industrial! I would never have seen the potential in this old piece. And your boots are rockin Spring!

    March 10, 2016 at 9:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I love me some industrial! 😀 My lovely pink snakeskin boots…yessss…

      March 11, 2016 at 12:26 pm Reply
  • Cecilia

    It turned out great! Another wonderful makeover. You are inspiring!

    March 10, 2016 at 9:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s wonderful to hear. Thank you!

      March 11, 2016 at 12:25 pm Reply
  • Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    Oooooh, I love CCP’s Rocky Mountain paint color and I love how you refinished this dresser!

    March 10, 2016 at 9:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s such a soothing color, isn’t it? Thank you, Marie!

      March 11, 2016 at 12:25 pm Reply
  • Sam @ Raggedy Bits

    Love love LOVE!!! What an amazing transformation!! Do you deliver to Australia??!!! LOL I have the PERFECT spot in my sons room! So clever! You are an inspiration 🙂

    March 10, 2016 at 6:09 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! Thank you so much! 🙂

      March 11, 2016 at 11:58 am Reply
  • Claire

    Wow what a fantastic makeover. I love it, it’s awesome !

    March 12, 2016 at 7:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! I’m so happy to hear it, Claire!

      March 14, 2016 at 5:30 am Reply
  • Vicki and Jennifer Fenton

    Hey Larissa – we are doing a post for Monday – late notice, we know – and would like to include this piece. We will definitely give you credit with a direct link. Love this industrial update!

    March 26, 2016 at 6:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Absolutely. Thank you!

      March 26, 2016 at 9:43 pm Reply
  • JaneEllen

    Boy, talk about inspiration, your redo was perfectly timely. Bought an old 6 drawer dresser at thrift store last week to use for 50″ tv. Have lower tv stand but wanted higher more cottagey looking stand, The paint color you used on yours is what I want to put on mine. We did little sanding all over dresser yesterday and hubs did minor repairs. Took top 2 drawers out to replace with shelf for dvd player. Was hoping to do painting today but it’s raining and snowing. Was thinking of using darker gray on drawers but still contemplating that idea.
    Your dresser looks so fantastic, love drawer hardware, #’s on drawers are great touch also. Hope ours will look half as good as yours. Looking at more of your pieces shows me you’re very good at re-habbing old pieces.
    Have wonderful week.

    March 29, 2016 at 2:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Score for you and hubby! 😀 I’m so happy to hear you found me and love that you are inspired as well. Enjoy your project!

      March 29, 2016 at 5:11 pm Reply
  • Katie

    I have been trying to figure out how to reposition furniture pulls on wooden pieces and can’t find much about it, especially when you want to stain! Can you explain the process? Thanks! You’ve done a beautiful job on the piece 🙂

    June 24, 2016 at 2:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That can be tricky. If you want to stain, you just need to plug the old hole with dowel and drill new holes. It doesn’t always stay hidden, but that’s about as good as you can do. If possible try to use a pull that will hide the old holes.

      June 25, 2016 at 6:36 am Reply
  • Sheryl

    I have a similar dresser but some of the drawers are off their tracks. Where do you buy replacement tracks?

    October 29, 2016 at 8:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Check your local hardware store. I find them there or online. Hope you get it fixed! 😀

      October 29, 2016 at 9:01 pm Reply
  • Cindy

    Hi Larissa,
    Just wanted to tell you that I love the pieces you create. Your talent is just awesome. I would like to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year.

    January 3, 2017 at 9:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and show love, Cindy. It makes my day!

      January 3, 2017 at 12:12 pm Reply
  • Katrin

    Wow, this is so so fabulous, I love the look and the numbers on it are perfect!

    August 2, 2017 at 6:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Katrin. 🙂

      August 4, 2017 at 6:00 am Reply
  • Arael

    Just stumbled across your blog via Pinterest and HAD to stop to say that this transformation is AMAZING!! I love it!!

    July 21, 2018 at 6:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun to hear. Thank you so much, Arael.

      July 22, 2018 at 5:36 am Reply

    very nice transformation!

    March 25, 2019 at 5:33 pm Reply
  • Brande Gray

    Believe it or not but I found the Chester drawer just like this dresser. I am just starting to paint furniture and this is going to be my 1st project scary!!! What prepping did you have to do to the top and sides?? Did u sand it or what??

    October 4, 2019 at 4:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s awesome! I hope you have fun with it. 😀

      October 4, 2019 at 4:54 pm Reply

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