My Craigslist Dresser

February 20, 2011

craigslist dresser Meet my new dresser.  Isn’t she pretty?

So sorry about the dismal photo, but it’s been raining here all week, and I just can’t seem get a decent photo of this piece!  I should have taken photos last weekend when we were having a sunny winter heat wave and temps were nearly 80 degrees. 

110205_2010I started with this super long (78 inches!), super heavy, monster from the 1960’s.    I bought her for a song from a nice older couple who were downsizing, but had lovingly cared for their furniture all these years.   This piece was really well built, sturdy and perfect for replacing my too-small bedroom dresser.

dovetail drawers and heavy brass hardwareShe had dovetail joined drawers and super heavy, nice brass hardware.   And lots and lots of storage space!!

Walnut dresser topI started by stripping the top and staining it a dark walnut.

Creamy paint, distressing and glazeI used Sherwin Williams “Creamy” color-matched in Behr satin paint with primer.  Then I distressed, glazed and finished it off.   

I used so many of the guidelines Mandie presents in her Altar’d Guide to Painting Furniture.  I highly recommend it if you’re thinking of redoing some furniture.  

distressed dresser I did WAY more distressing than I usually do.  I just kind of got going and got carried away.   Then I stepped back and gasped.  My husband (who doesn’t even feel comfortable painting wood furniture) nearly had a heart attack.   He likes how it all came together though, and I think the end product is really pretty.

I painted the brass hardware with an Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.

My Craigslist Dresser

Redone Craigslist DresserI love the way it turned out and I LOVE having all of this storage!

Have you ever bought and revamped a Craigslist piece? 

I’ll be linking to
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch,
Tuesday’s Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia,
Restored it Wednesday at Restore Interiors,
The Power of Paint Party at Domestically Speaking,
Piece of Work Wednesday at Primitive and Proper,
Furniture Feature Friday with Miss Mustard Seed.


  1. Love it!!!!!
    Craigslist is my weakness too!
    You did this piece justice with the colors you chose.

  2. Your new dresser is gorgeous! What a fabulous job you did!! BEATIFUL!!!

  3. Absolutely beautiful, thanks for the inspirtion!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous transformation!

  5. That turned out just beautiful! You did a great job.

  6. That turned out great, Carolyn! I love the walnut stain on the top.

  7. it looks beautiful!

    i have painted an old dresser, turquoise actually, for my craft room! not from craiglist, but from an estate sale! loved every minute of it and plan on doing it two more times!

  8. that is stunning, carolyn!!! i love the lines of it and the wood top.... beautiful!!

  9. Absolutely beautiful!! You did a gorgeous job!! Craigslist is one of my neat places to find great items from too!


  10. Love it! I love the top! I haven't been brave enough to stain a piece. I usually paint the whole thing...but this is amazingly beautiful! You really did a fantastic job. I'm always going 'treasure' its on Craigslist or a garage's so fun to turn things into the beautiful pieces they were meant to be!!!!

  11. It's just lovely! You did a wonderful job and I think the extra distressing gives it loads of character!
    Nice work!
    Best Wishes and Blessings
    Amanda - Girl in Pink

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  13. Amazing job!! Very well played. :)

  14. That looks fantastic! I to am addicted to Craigslist and I still proud of the incredible persian rug I found on there for a steal. Beautiful makeover.

  15. It really turned out fabulous!

  16. Beautiful, What an awesome piece of furniture, just got to love those antique pieces and what you did to it is amazing.


  17. Oh my! That is puuuurty!! Nice job!

  18. You did an amazing job on this! I love Mandie's book, too!

  19. I think I would have passed the dresser up but you made it into such a beautiful piece. I need to remember to take a second look. Great job!

  20. i love it painted! what a great find. i find and paint furniture from C.L. ALL the time! you did a fantastic job! very miss mustard seed! come visit me to see some of my re-creations from C.L.!!! thanks!

  21. It's gorgeous!! Love the color and the distressing!

  22. Looks great, that last shot is super purty!
    Kate @

  23. You did a fabulous job on that piece. Just the right amount of distressing. I have a similar piece that I picked up on craigslist for free:) that rarely happens. my post is called dream a little dream. great inspiration.

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