Fantastic Kids Dresser Makeover Tutorial

To see this complete room makeover (including before and after photos) Please Click Here.

 This fun project is the work of two hard-core DIY warriors.  This project exemplifies  "when there's a will, there's a way".  Sarah and EJ, clients and friends, ran through fire to complete this dresser makeover for their twin 3 year old twin boys room.    

I recently shared the inspiration board I created for the boy's new Vintage Surf Bedroom.    

Sarah and EJ got to work immediately on the design plan.  The room turned out great.  I'm excited to share the final reveal soon.  Today, you'll get a sneak peek so I can share their fabulous dresser makeover.  These guys never shy away from a project.  Using the inspiration board they hit Craigslist to find a great dresser, large enough for twins. It didn't take long for them to find an extra long 1970's dark wood dresser for $100. 

It was very similar to this dresser...

They had a great piece now they needed the perfect paint color.  To get the perfect shade of green, I "chipped" my inspiration board with my Sherwin Williams ChipIt! tool.  Here were the results...

Bam.  Lime Rickey it was. 

Here is the scene, Sarah and EJ have busy lives.  Both professionals, not to mention parents to four small children.  They don't have a lot of time for DIY projects and this room makeover was full of them.  No worries, they had it all planned out.  Grandma would take the kids for an entire weekend while EJ got to work on carpentry projects in the bedroom and Sarah would knock out the dresser makeover.  

{Sarah and EJ's family portrait by this awesome photographer}

The kids left for the weekend with Grandma, time to get started.  
The house was quiet, there were no little ones underfoot, it was just Sarah, EJ, their power tools and an unexplained power outage.  

It didn't stop these two.  They had to make hay while the sun was shining, in this case, the sun was a flashlight. 

Here is the tutorial...

The first step was to remove all the hardware and give the piece a good sanding (hand sanding this time, no electricity for a power they are tough).  
 After the sanding, it was wiped down with a damp cloth to remove the dust.  
A sponge roller was used to apply a coat of primer (Zinsser or Kilz latex primer).  

Then came two coats of Sherwin Williams Lime Rickey Semi-Gloss latex paint. 
After the paint was completely dry, Sarah applied a mixture of glaze and stain to the piece, one section at a time, wiping away the excess as she went along with a cotton rag.  

The stain mixture was one part stain to three parts glaze.  
The stain/glaze top coat toned the bright color down a notch and also provided a nice, shiny, protective finish.  There is a very detailed step by step tutorial over at Sweet Pickins {click here}.  She uses a similar glazing technique and wrote a wonderful "How To" article.

The original hardware looked great with new color which kept this piece authentic and even more budget friendly then we originally thought.

When a dresser turns out this fabulous, it must have a companion.  Sarah continued her thrifting adventure at the Salvation Army where she found this bookcase.

 It also received the Lime Rickey treatment.  

After the power outage debacle,  Sarah and EJ took vacation time from work, and "Grandma Of The Year" agreed to take the kids for a full week so they could wrap up the bedroom makeover.  This time, nothing could stop them.

Except jury duty.  

These two are my DIY room makeover hero's.  With all of the hoops they had to jump through to pull this room together; jobs, four little ones, power outages and jury duty,
they made it look way too easy.  It is one of my all time favorite transformations.  I can't wait to share the final room reveal.  

Thank you, Sarah and EJ, for letting me share your project.  Thank you,  JulesK Photography for providing the beautiful family portrait.  To see this complete room transformation (including before/after photos and many more DIY project details) Please Click Here. 

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  1. WOW, what an amazing transformation! They did an awesome job. I can't wait to see the entire room :) I love the lime green with the navy walls. What a beautiful family too!

  2. I can't wait to see the reveal - it looks so sweet with the glimpses you've provided here. The dresser is fantastic, and the pulls look so cool with the new green color. And those minibus prints are FABULOUS!

  3. That looks awesome! I want to see the before picture of that dresser, pretty please....

    1. Hi Dixie. It's such a bummer that we didn't keep a before pic...however, I have a great mid-makeover pic that I will share in the final room reveal. :) Sarah

  4. That dresser is gorgeous! I love it.

  5. I have a dresser just like this and I've been toying around the idea of transforming it but the piece is so large, I've been intimidated. It's great to see the finished product of a successful project - thank you for sharing this! My bedroom thanks you! I'm so excited to try it!

  6. I've been WAITING for this room reveal. I can't wait to see the final thing. Looks amazing thus far. I'm so excited to see it.


  8. Hi Sarah!! I came over here to check out your Halloween mantel (love it!), and got sucked in for 30 mins catching up on all you've been up to!! I do have a question, what is your fave source for those bamboo/matchstick blinds? I can't seem to find the widths I need at lowes/home depot. Happy Friday!

    1. Hey Cassie, Thanks for stopping by! I usually try Home Depot and Lowes first. If I can't find the right size there, JCPenney will usually take custom orders:) Best of luck!

  9. Can't wait to see the whole room! Love this dresser. It turned out great!

    -Erin @ DIY On the Cheap

  10. I absolutely love this piece. That color is amazing!. Featuring this piece on my Inspired Furniture Round Up this Friday! :).

    Kelsey @ White Cottage Boutique


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