A couple of weeks ago I shared a freebie garage sale dresser (an Art Deco waterfall piece) turned Volkswagen bus that stole my heart. Meet BEEP.
He’s been featured by Country Living, House Beautiful, and has taken the internet by a storm. In that same post, I shared my other waterfall dresser…my dumpster dresser damsel in distress (say that five times fast!)
This sad piece was found by a good friend of mine next to a dumpster in the middle of winter. Bleak, cold, and sad-looking, isn’t it? My friend asked me if I wanted it, and though she thought I was nuts, I told her yes. I just couldn’t leave it there!
Finally, I’m able to give it the much-needed attention it so desired and the makeover begins. YAY!
Let’s take a look at the damage. Obviously, a missing drawer…
…badly damaged veneer with chunks missing all over…
…a rotted out foot…
…and falling apart at the seams. So sad.
When I got it home I thought to myself, “Oh girl, you got yourself a hot mess” and “What did you get yourself into?” Nothing like rolling up your sleeves and getting down to business. Can I get an amen?
To get started, I used my towel soak method to remove the veneer from the drawer fronts. Since we were building a new one, I wanted all the faces to be the same.
Once all that veneer was removed, I had to rebuild the drawers that had been basically torn apart at one point, and haphazardly put back together. Bottoms falling out, dovetails messed up, and out of square. Here’s my hubby and I working hard, as we always do. He’s building a custom trunk we offer in my shop, while I repair the dresser. Fun times for sure.
The cabinet of the dresser was my second project. Let’s just say a hammer became my best friend. I had to beat this thing back together, remove oodles of interior veneer and replace that rotted foot. A hot mess, I tell ya!
This was my happy mail for this project, a box of goodies from CeCe Caldwell’s Paints. A box full of paint goodness that I couldn’t wait to dip my brush into.
Aren’t those colors gorgeous? Nantucket Spray and Blue Montanta Sky are perfect for my damsel.
*CeCe Caldwell’s Paints and Hickory Hardware provided product for this post and there are affiliate links included too.
I gave the cabinet two coats of blue, and the drawers two coats of green. I could have stopped there, but I wanted to take it to the next level. This lady needed some oooh’s and ahhh’s for all its been through. So, I grab some dollar store tissue paper and did my tissue paper treatment to the drawer fronts with some Elmer’s glue and a bit of water (no need to buy that expensive découpage stuff).
Next, I pull out a scrap of thrift store tablecloth (I grab those whenever I can because I use them to sew, craft, whatever) and lay it over the drawer fronts. Then, I use my Rust-Oleum Metallic Silver paint (same stuff I used on my VW Bus) to spray through the fabric and create a stenciled effect.
I bet you’re getting curious as to the final result! I’m excited to show you!
For added dimension, I used CeCe Caldwell’s Metallic Wax in Shelbyville Graphite, and then sealed it all in with the Endurance Natural Finish topcoat. Before reinserting the drawers of any piece I work on, I use an old candle to wax the guides and rails, drawer bottoms, etc. to make the drawer move easier in and out.
Are you ready to see my dumpster dresser turned DIVA??
Here she is…♥
I am in love with how she came out. So pretty and delicate as she was meant to be.
The colors are perfect and the silver metallic overlay and feminine pulls from Hickory Hardware just finish it off right.
Thanks to my hubby, you wouldn’t even know a drawer was missing.
Normally it would be at this point that I tell you this lovely lady is available in my shop, but my friend who found her has snatched her up – as it should be. If you are ever interested in a custom piece, just email or message me, and we’ll get started.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this transformation as much as I have. Do pin and share so others can be inspired to think twice before leaving a dumpster dresser in distress.
If you’ve loved this makeover, then I know you’ll enjoy these too!