Fridays at Home: Dresser Makeover

5th December 2014

This is the tale of an ugly duckling. A very ugly duckling (and please excuse the awful quality of the photos):


A decade ago, I really disliked mid century modern furniture. Of course, much of what I had seen was in really bad condition, with really bad colors. But in recent years, I’ve fallen hard. But I’ve also been on a budget, and mcm furniture usually isn’t cheap. So when I found this beast at a local vintage place for $50, I snapped a photo, sent it to my vintage-shopping partner in crime for approval and felt like a criminal when I left with it. I was in the midst of painting and updating my guest bedroom/office and knew I wanted something with a bit of storage.

It was in bad shape. Baaaaad shape. The veneer was ripped off in lots of places, and I considered just painting it as is. But then I came across this post on repairing damaged or missing veneer, and I knew I was down to try this with some Bondo.


This Bondo is messy stuff, but it’s also pretty miraculous. (And no, they aren’t paying me to say that.) I Bondoed like crazy. This stuff dries pretty quickly and makes a huge mess…er, actually that was me making the mess…but it was worth it. After I sanded it down and started to paint, I knew I had made the right decision.


I boldly went where I never thought I would go – fuschia. And not just fuschia, but high gloss fuschia. I’m not a pink girl, but I had just repainted the front bedroom/office bright white and knew I needed to inject a good bit of color in that space. Well, look no further. I used Clark & Kensington’s Calypso Beat in high gloss.

I tried primer on one of the drawers, but it didn’t make much difference. The key to a high-gloss finish is patience. Of which I have little. But I did it! I painted three coats in all, waiting 24 hours between each one, and I absolutely love the finished product.



I also spray painted the pulls. They’re brass, but cleaning ten of them proved to be a ridiculous amount of effort, and they would eventually just tarnish again.

So this was my most recent house update, and I love it. I painted the room bright white, and now it’s a room I love going into (which is always a plus).

  • Ti Reed

    OMG! So awesome! I want to paint my daughter’s dresser but I am hesitant to begin. Did you spray paint it or is it brushed on?

    • I brushed it on. I don’t mind spray paint for smaller pieces, but it’s not the smoothest application unless you’re using an actual paint sprayer. Just takes some patience, but I actually find it calming. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Ti Reed

        I prefer brush on anyway so I am glad you achieved that look with a brush. It’s so awesome. Really. I feel slightly less scared to pain my daughter’s dresser now.

        • Awesome! I’m so glad. Go forth and paint.

  • Wow! What a transformation. That Bondo sounds amazing for patching up all that missing veneer.

    • It really was, though it was a HUGE mess.

  • Angela Davis

    Oh, my! You rocked it! Thanks for the link. I’m so glad the Bondo Post helped you rescue this gem ๐Ÿ™‚ All the best, Angela

    • Thank you! And thank you for the post. It was amazingly helpful.

      • Angela Davis

        My pleasure ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • lulu_bella

    It looks so so good!!!!