Distressed White Dresser Makeover

If you saw my guest bedroom makeover last week, you may have spotted my new white distressed dresser. Except it isn’t new… it’s actually really old, just with a new coat of paint.

guest bedroom painted dresser wallHere’s what the dresser looked like before in our old house…

old dresser makeover chalk paintAnd here it is now in all of it’s white, chippy goodness.

distressed white chalk paint dresserI actually painted this piece right in the guest bedroom with Belle Craie chalk paint in Dover. I did a dry brush technique where I only get about 1-2 inches of the brush wet with paint. Then I lightly brush the paint over the dresser, using only one direction for the paint strokes. I did two coats with this technique giving it about 1 hour in between coats.

distressed painted white dresserOnce it was fully dried I used both a sanding wedge and fine grit sandpaper to distress.

sand chalk paint white dresserAnd after about 3 hours of work the dresser looks like this…

guest bedroom painted dresser wallYou really can’t go wrong with this dry brush technique which is why I’m a huge fan. I really need to do a better tutorial, but I was trying to get this done before our vacation last month.

distressed white dresser guest bedroom

white chalk paint dresser

distressed chalk paint white dresserI decided to keep the original hardware to save costs. I think it actually goes nicely with the yellow tones in the guest bedroom.

guest bedroom design idea

distressed white dresserAnd now this dresser that we’ve had since the 1980s has new life.

distressed white chalk paint dresser

before and after painted white dresser

Quite the before & after, right?
To see the full guest bedroom makeover, click here.

distressed dresser makeover


How to Add Legs to Furniture

So a couple weeks ago I showed you guys some painted nightstands for my brother’s guest bedroom. While I completely LOVED how they turned out with the Belle Craie paint and a dark glaze, I really wished they were a big more feminine. So to take the nightstands to new heights, I decided to add some legs on them (ha, see what I did there?).

And here’s what the before & after looks like…

before and after add legs to furnitureSUPPLIES:

  • 4 furniture legs (per piece) with pre-installed screws
  • Drill & bits
  • Tee nuts from Ace Hardware (about 87¢ each)
  • Hammer
  • Paint or stain

To get started, make sure you have your furniture legs first. The size of the pre-installed screws in the table legs will then determine your drill bit and your Tee nut size. Suggestion: take the legs with you to the hardware store to test out the Tee nuts!

4-in Mixed Maple Classic Bun Feet Wood Table LegOnce you have everything sized you’re ready to start assembly. Mark where you want your furniture legs and pre-drill holes. If you don’t have enough work space for the legs, you’ll need to add a small piece of wood to the underside before attaching the legs.

nightstand add legs

Next hammer in your Tee nuts into your pre-drilled holes.

t nuts for furniture legsThen screw the furniture legs into the Tee nuts.

how to add legs to night standFinish them off by painting or staining to match the rest of the piece.

how to add legs to nightstand

And yes, it really is that simple.
And I really think it makes a HUGE difference!

how to add legs to a nightstandJust make sure you set the legs back far enough so they are sticking out in front. Remember it’s ok not to set the legs flush to the front of the piece. Even setting them back 1/2 inch is better safe than sorry.

add legs to nightstandThe legs cost me about $24 per nightstand (for a set of 4).
At least I purchased the nightstands for only $20 each.
Still a bargain in my book and now love them more than ever!

Great before & after right?

before and after add legs to furnitureAnd doesn’t this give you so much more working room when you spot something in a thrift store or Goodwill? Yep, possibilities are endless with this simple adjustment!

how to add legs to nightstandS