Outdated Dresser to Classic Vintage

It’s always fun to take a vintage piece of furniture that has seen better days and tweak it a bit by staying true to its era. That’s where this outdated dresser comes into play.

Vintage Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

My oldest daughter was looking for a piece of furniture to work on and we found this sweet piece on Craigslist, and thankfully it wasn’t too far away from us. It has great bones with only wear to the face and top.

Top of Dresser with Damage | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I have taught my daughter how to prep a piece by making any repairs and sanding, as she did in her makeover I mentioned in this older post. I can’t tell you enough how rewarding to see my efforts pay off to her benefit.

Teen Girl Giving Vintage Dresser a Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*product was provided by Rustic Brands and affiliate links are in this post so you can find the items I love to use too! (see full disclosure)

When trying to decided what type of finish she would do, we knew it was going to be all about the knobs. The original ones were lacking character and this dresser needed something to make it pop.

Enter in these fantastic pulls by Rustic Brands. They have the look of old enamel knobs,and will showcase the look we’re after wonderfully. I’ve used their knobs before on my Prairie Dresser (a must see) and they’re wonderful!

Industrial Style Numbered Knobs by Rusitc Brands for Dresser Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

To give a classic, but vintage appeal to it and accentuate those knobs, she decided to use a black chalky paint by DecoArt called Carbon. Every gal needs a little black dress, right?

Teen Girl Painting Vintage Dresser | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

After two coats and some distressing fun, she applied a hand-rubbed wax topcoat with my furniture wax. Here is the after of that Craigslist outdated dresser…

Outdate Dresser Gets Chic Industrial Look by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Isn’t it such a timeless look? Those knobs set the stage, and the black “dress” give that classic feel. Would you love to have some too? Rustic Brands is offering my readers a 20% off coupon. Woot! Just head over to their store and enter the coupon code: PRODIGAL20.

Vintage Dresser Makeover with Vintage Chic Flair by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Numbered Pulls on Vintage Chic Dresser by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I think my daughter did a great job and totally gets mama’s thumbs up. If you love this piece and would like it for your own, just head to my shop (SOLD!) or email your zip code for a shipping quote because we deliver to your door.

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Dresser with Classic Vintage Style and Numbered Knobs by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

We would both love it if you’d pin and share her outdated dresser makeover! ♥ Then, head below for some exciting news.

Outdated Dresser Given New Vintage Chic Style Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The subject of the excitement is this other Craigslist find…a waterfall chest of drawers. I’ll give you a hint…BEEP! Come see!!

Art Deco Waterfall Before Christmas Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
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  • Jamie

    Wow…I think this is my favorite so far! Looooove the handles!! You do such awesome work!! What an inspiration you are!!

    November 23, 2015 at 7:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Jamie! That’s awesome to hear.

      November 25, 2015 at 1:13 am Reply
  • Kimm at Reinvented and RoadKill Rescue

    It’s beautiful Larissa! I can tell that your sweet daughter has inherited your talents. I recently discovered Rustic Brands and their products are gorgeous!

    November 23, 2015 at 8:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you from us both, Kimm! She is a good apprentice. 😉 Yes, Rustic Brands is a favorite of mine – such eye-candy!

      November 25, 2015 at 1:13 am Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    This is really pretty. She did a great job on an old tired piece. Now it looks all ready to go out dancing! I love the distress that peeks through.

    November 23, 2015 at 8:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      And dancing it shall! 😀 She had fun reworking it and I had fun watching.

      November 25, 2015 at 1:12 am Reply
  • kim

    Your daughter did a wonderful job. Mama taught her well.

    November 23, 2015 at 8:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Kim!

      November 25, 2015 at 1:11 am Reply
  • Marie at The Interior Frugalista

    Your daughter did such a great job on this dresser makeover, Larissa. You are giving your kids such valuable life skills that they can take into adulthood. I can only imagine how proud they must be of their pieces and to have them sell must be so rewarding for them. Kudos to you Mom! Pinned to share 🙂

    November 23, 2015 at 10:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are the best in your support, Marie. Thank you for “getting” why I do what I do. My kids are my treasures and I want to wholly invest in them.

      November 25, 2015 at 1:11 am Reply
  • Sherry Fram

    Your daughter did an awesome job! Love the color & the knobs! You’ve got to be one proud momma!

    November 23, 2015 at 10:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh yes! She works hard and takes advice well – that alone is a proud moment. 🙂 Thank you from us both!

      November 25, 2015 at 1:10 am Reply
  • Marge kleppel

    When I saw this dresser, my heart skipped a beat. I am 65 years old and that is the same dresser I now have from when I was about 6 years old. It’s was in perfect condition until it was in storage and the veneer came off a drawer. I’m trying to talk myself into painting it, but I’ve had difficulty painting natural wood. But your daughters looks so nice I might break down and do it.

    January 30, 2016 at 11:31 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I can so understand your dilemma. Most of the pieces in my home are not painted because I like the time-worn look. However, you can’t deny the different feel you get with a painted piece. Either way, you have a treasure! 😀

      January 31, 2016 at 6:29 am Reply
  • Sue Pagels

    She did a fantastic job! Love the knobs and the styling too 🙂

    June 2, 2016 at 10:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Sue! 🙂

      June 2, 2016 at 10:42 am Reply
  • Cheryl Braxton-Bonner

    I wish I was closer.I would buy this.

    June 20, 2016 at 7:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      awww…thanks! She was so happy to see it go home to a local lady who just loves it.

      June 21, 2016 at 9:24 am Reply
  • Cheryl B.

    After following you for awhile ,What does wAxing do after painting? Does to protect the paint?

    May 24, 2017 at 12:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It not only adds an extra layer of protection, but adds a low lustre sheen that so many love.

      May 25, 2017 at 6:20 am Reply
  • Marie

    She did good – it’s lovely and so happy for her to see that it’s already sold! Did you say BEEP – yay, I’m so excited!

    September 12, 2017 at 10:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Marie!

      September 12, 2017 at 1:50 pm Reply

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