Dresser: From Disgusting To Distressed

This morning’s project features a $10 dresser everyone passed on at an estate sale because it smelled musty.  Like ‘sitting in a cellar for years at grandma’s house’ musty! I have dealt with this before so we gobbled it up for $5!


Before we headed home, we went to Home Depot and grabbed a can of Kilz Complete Aerosol.  KILZ Complete Aerosol is an interior/exterior primer that provides a mildew resistant coating that blocks out most stains caused by water, smoke, tannin, ink, pencil, felt marker, grease and graffiti, and seals pet and smoke odors.  It works GREAT!

At home, I removed the hardware and spray painted it high glass black. I then spray painted the entire dresser with the Kilz, including the drawers and under-carriage and set it in the sun to dry.

After I painted a coat of paint on another dresserr, I painted this entire dresser with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint.  I mixed in some pure white paint to give it an even brighter white color.  I painted two coats all over (including in the drawers, inside, and on the back).

I let it dry for 30 minutes and then pulled out my power sander!  If you distress more than one piece of furniture in your life, you need a power sander!  Mine is a Black and Decker model I bought for $5 at a garage sale two years ago. Instead of buying the more expensive sheets made for the sander, I buy sheets of sand paper and cut them to fit the sander (four pieces of sanding paper per sheet).

To finish it off, I waxed it with Annie Sloan clear wax.  It looks amazing!



About UpCycling

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Why Travel, Cooking and DIY? A creative type, I have always loved painting and decorating as a hobby. Upcycling is a real passion. My mom was a Home Ec teacher when we were growing up. I learned a lot from her and because I love hosting get-togethers, I had to step up my game in the kitchen as well. And lastly, my love of travel comes from my Grandma Schmitt.

An Illinois native, I worked in the White House Communications Agency early in my career (President Reagan), prior to returning to Illinois State University to finish my undergraduate and Master's. After a couple of post-graduate internships (minor league baseball and Big Ten Conference), I then worked in college athletics full-time for more than 22 years -- first at the University of South Carolina for 15 years and then at Santa Clara University for the last seven years. We moved to Tampa, Florida in Dec., 2016 after spending 8.5 years in Northern California.

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