I’m back today with another Goodwill dresser makeover. If you have visited my blog before, you know that Goodwill is my favorite thrifting spot. Not only do I regularly find great vintage furniture there, but I find so many treasures I use to stage my furniture pieces and to furnish my home – decor, art, dishes, and the list goes on (the artwork below is from Goodwill!). You just never know what you might find. For me, the key to scoring great finds is to stop in regularly, which I do.
On a recent Goodwill visit, I saw this pretty dresser sitting out front. I was with my best friend (who had just witnessed first hand my over-crowded shop), and he convinced me not to buy it. It was also priced quite a bit over what I am able to pay for pieces that I refinish. So, sadly, I walked away. Well, dragged away by my friend is probably more accurate.
A few days later, I stopped in again, the dresser was still there. Of course I went to take a look, and saw that it had been marked down to just $50. This dresser is solid and quite large (it’s 44 inches wide and 47 high), so $50 was an amazing price. Sold!
The dresser is made by Morganton, which was a North Carolina furniture maker that was taken over by Drexel in 1960 or so. It’s a beautifully made piece of furniture inside and out, and in wonderful condition. To be honest, I was on the fence about painting this one. It really was beautiful as is. In the end, I decided I was going to keep it for my own home, and a restyle would better fit my decor.
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I’m really loving the soft warm grays, or “greige,” especially with brass. I decided to go with Benjamin Moore “Cumulus Cloud,” and I just adore this color. It’s a really pretty, versatile, soft and warm gray.
I started with my usual prep – cleaning, sanding, vacuuming, filling imperfections with wood filler, and priming. Once the primer was dry, I sanded again with a 220 grit sanding sponge for a buttery smooth finish, and wiped the dresser down. I sprayed two coats of Benjamin Moore Advance paint in “Cumulus Cloud” in a satin finish. I really love this paint. It’s water based, which is great for ease of use. Also, I prefer to use products with lower VOC’s and a lesser environmental impact, so I use water-based paints (as opposed to oil / solvent-based). Once cured, BM Advance is very durable and creates an enamel-like finish. I have used it on my laundry room cabinets, my office desk that gets daily use, my daughter’s desk, my living room console, and it has held up so beautifully. This particular paint does take 30 days (or more for the darker colors) to fully cure. For added durability, or if I want to use the piece right away, I sometimes apply a coat of poly to the top. For this dresser, I sprayed the top with 2 coats of General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Satin.
All of the original hardware was still on this dresser, which is great to find. It was quite dirty and tarnished, so I polished it up with Brasso Metal Polish. This stuff is really smelly (and I’m assuming NOT the most environmentally friendly), but it does a nice job. I cover the hardware with a coating of Brasso, and then let it sit for 20 minutes or so to do its thing. Then I use an old tooth brush or 0000 super fine grade steel wool to clean it up. I also use Bar Keepers Friend® for polishing brass, and it does a great job as well. I’ve tried a few non-toxic brass cleaners, but they just haven’t worked for me. If you have one to recommend, I’d love to know about it!
Trader Joe’s for the win with a pretty $5 bouquet.
Here’s to a great week!
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