I must admit this dresser makeover pulled at my heartstrings a little. I had painted the dresser white to go in our first daughters nursery. It was adorable all dolled up with a pink piggy bank and a little princess ballerina. Later, I moved it into my sons nursery. All was well until one day I was putting away laundry and it struck me. I don’t have a baby anymore! I have a little man who loves camo and matchbox cars and fishing. It was time for a new look. It was time to strip off the nursery white for a much more grown up nature inspired dresser.
Here is the white dresser before. (Who put that moose’s head on upside down?)
I started by applying stripper to the top and sides of the dresser. I did not strip the front of the drawers. For the woodsy look I wanted, the white was the perfect base color.
Don’t forget to use gloves and eye protection!
When your paint is bubbly and peeling off, it is ready to be scraped off.
After I had scraped off as much of the paint as possible, I sanded the rest with my hand sander.
After sanding for a small eternity, I had it down to bare wood.
So, here’s the part where I totally flaked and didn’t take “in progress” photos.
I stained the dresser in Minwax Walnut.
For the drawers, I simply painted over the white with two different colors of an orange/yellow paint. I then allowed the paint to dry and sanded down parts with my hand sander.
Tip: A quick, easy way to strip drawer pulls is by putting them in a jar of stripper for about 10 minutes. The paint will start to fall off and can easily be wiped away with a paper towel.
This dresser is now perfect for my little man.
To see the rest of his room, you can check out this big boy room post.
Sometimes change is hard, but when it comes with a giant moose head, I’m okay with it.