Old and outdated furniture doesn’t have to go to the yard sale or the trash anymore! Here’s how I transformed this hand-me-down 90’s dresser into a modern statement piece with bold navy blue paint.
We all have ’em. I bet you have one hiding in your guest room, basement or garage right now. An old, ugly piece of furniture that you hate but you just can’t get rid of (for some reason.) The very back of our basement storage room is where this beauty has been living for the past few years! It was our little sister’s dresser – a 90’s purchase complete with a whitewashed look, oak colored top, and floral detailing painted on the top drawer.
Check out the after! It’s a fun, bold color and has a cleaner, more modern look thanks to an easy paint job!
Let me start by telling you about this great paint. I used Americana Decor Satin Enamels in Dark Denim to give this ugly piece a glam makeover! It’s specially formulated to give a durable, satin finish that’s great for cabinets and furniture. This is the paint I used to redo my bathroom cabinets, so I was excited to try it on a piece of furniture!
I love that you can find paint now that takes out a lot of the prep work that usually comes with furniture makeovers. Because let’s be honest. I’m lazy and I HATE doing a ton of sanding before painting! Satin Enamels doesn’t require sanding before painting, but my drawers had such a glossy topcoat that I decided to do a light sanding this time. It just helps the paint adhere a little better, so I would suggest testing a small area to see how the paint sticks if you’re unsure! By light I mean literally a quick 30 seconds on each drawer with my mouse sander.
For the smoothest finish, I recommend using a good brush or a paint sprayer. Since the paint dries with a higher sheen (and shows more imperfections) it’s better to do 2-3 light coats rather than 2 heavy ones. (I learned the hard way on the top of the dresser and ended up sanding it down and doing lighter coats!) See below for the difference between the 1st and 2nd coat.
I can’t say enough about how well this paint covers! I used a little less than 2 (8 oz) jars of paint to do the 2-3 coats on the dresser. The hardware definitely needed to be replaced, and I chose this brass style to offset the dark blue. I love the contrast! You can also see the amount of sheen in this photo. I love it because with lots of little hands in our family, I can easily wipe the drawers clean with a baby wipe.
What a fun transformation! We now have a dresser in our guest room for visitors to use and to store extra bedding.
You can find Satin Enamels and the rest of the Americana Decor line of paints (including awesome Metallics and Chalky Finish at Michaels. I can’t wait to do some fun holiday projects this year with these awesome paints! They are my new go-to for paint!
Do you have an old piece of furniture dying for a makeover? Leave a comment and tell us what you’d love to transform! And if you’re thinking about trying out Satin Enamels on your cabinets, check out my tips here: