Painted Dresser DIY – My Little Black Dress

I love a good thrift store find.  Nothing beats discovering a hidden beauty with loads of potential (for dirt cheap).

Little Black Dresser

My latest find was this old green dresser with yellow streaks for $35.  I was attracted to her simple, classic shape.  But, the deal clincher was her unique brass drawer pulls.   I didn’t know where she would go, but I had to have her.

Dresser Before After she sat in my garage for about a month, I finally committed to giving her a makeover.  I thought about color for awhile and decided my classic beauty deserved an equally classic look—that’s right, the little black dress.

Whenever I paint furniture, I always start by removing any hardware and giving the surface a quick sanding.  I use 150-grit sandpaper and pay special attention to any nicks, scratches or dried paint drips.

When I sanded down the drawers, I discovered this little beauty had a hidden past.  It looks as though she had been covering up some old body art.  If you look closely, you can see where the flowers had been painted.  So, I made sure to give that area a thorough sanding.

Because I was replacing the original hardware, I didn’t worry too much about the paint rings around the drilled drawer holes.

After wiping the dresser clean with a damp cloth.  I primed everything.  I always start by painting drawer edges first.

Next, I paint any detail work, like decorative moldings.

After I get into the crevices, I finish painting the surface using broad strokes, following the grain of the wood.

Priming Drawers Priming Dresser After allowing the primer to dry for about an hour, I applied my black semi-gloss paint.  Usually, I would use a satin finish, but this lady was dressing up, so I wanted her to have a little shine.

Black Paint Two coats of paint later, she was ready to be displayed.

Dresser Full Image Finally, I put her jewelry back on, surrounded her with friends, and she was ready for a party!

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69 thoughts on “Painted Dresser DIY – My Little Black Dress

  1. Hi Natalie,

    This looks so great! I love the dresser and the whole look, the light and dark contrasts and mix of styles. Another work of art. Karen

  2. What a difference!!! The old hardware really stands out now and looks awesome. I never get tired of black either. You’ right on about it being a little black dress for furniture! Visiting from the Simply Designing link party :)

    • Thanks! I was really happy with how it turned out. I’m eyeing my kitchen table now. I don’t know if I have the nerve to paint it black too!

  3. I absolutely love this makeover! I think black painted furniture is my favorite. But, that hardware is just amazing! What a fantastic find!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

    • Thanks Angela! Black is my favorite too. In fact, I’ll probably have to force myself to do a different color next time just to mix it up.

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    • Thanks Aubrey! I agree, I love finding furniture at thrift stores. I get so much satisfaction from breathing new life into an old piece. Have a great weekend!

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  6. Natalie, what a great find. It turned out gorgeous. I love it with your wicker chairs. You have me inspired to paint something. Visiting from Creations by Kara. Happy Easter. Love,Wanda

    • Thanks Jenny! I have a hard time turning away from pieces like that when I find them. I didn’t have a spot in mind for it, so I was so glad it all came together!

  7. “Some people are just amazing home decorators” …. is what I literally exclaimed when I saw your mega transformation. Oh, I wished you lived closer… You are amazing! Simply amazing!

    Thank you for linking it up at the linky party at

    (btw. there’s a tiny error in your code there with all those linkies… the Finecraftguild link goes back to Snap… easy to fix though…)

    • You do have to be a little more careful with painted furniture. My suggestions are to prime your furniture before applying paint. When painting, allow the paint to dry completely between coats. Then, apply a clear finish, polyurethane, or a clear paste wax, like Minwax Finishing Paste, after you paint. (If you are painting the furniture white, make sure your finish coat is non-yellowing. Finally, allow your furniture to set for several days before placing anything on it. I hope this helps.

  8. Classic! Just like the little black dress! This dresser turned out perfect and will be a versitale piece for your furniture wardrobe!

    • Thanks Kristine! I have to admit, I have another piece of furniture in my house that I’ve been wanting to paint but I’ve been totally scared to take it on!

  9. Wow, you did a fabulous job on your dresser! I love the color. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. So thrilled to have you share with us. New follower of your awesome blog, too! Have a Blessed and Happy Easter!

    Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later today!
    I hope you are having a wonderful Easter weekend, and join me this evening for Make the Scene Monday #68!

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  12. Thanks so much for sharing at Project Inspired @ Setting for Four. I pinned your gorgeous dresser to our group linky pinboard!
    I hope you are having a fantastic Easter, and can join me Monday evening 8 pm EST for Project Inspired #8!

    • Thanks so much Heather! I had a fantastic weekend. I hope you enjoyed your Easter as well. I will be visiting on Monday!

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