Happy Labor Day everyone! Today, I’m revealing a petite 9-drawer dresser. It looks like a pretty simple furniture makeover, but there are actually some key features I want to point out to you.
I picked up this small dresser for just a few dollars at the local thrift store. It was a typical 1970’s brown-stained pine dresser with brass hardware; but notice the shape – clean, simple lines. There are no embellishments, which means I could update this to a more modern look without a problem.
The petite size means this dresser can be used in just about any room of a the home or a small apartment.
The nine drawers mean tons of storage. The only drawback is that because there are so many drawers built into a petite dresser, the drawers are rather small. They are, however, perfect for small-item organization! Each item would have it’s own space.
In the bedroom – socks, belts, scarves, undergarments, tanks
In the living room – media storage
In the dining room – silverware, napkins, candles
In the entryway – hats, mittens, scarves, gloves, phone cords
New oil-rubbed bronze hardware was added. With so many drawers, if I had used silver or gold hardware, it would have shined like a beacon on this small dresser. I preferred hardware that was classic, had weight to it, and blended in with the black finish.
Finally, notice how the drawer boxes are built. This is important if you’re refinishing a dresser. These drawers are inset, which means the entire drawer slides into the dresser box rather than overlaps it. If I were to paint the edges of these drawers, over time the paint would rub off the edges.
The body of the dresser was painted with a black enamel paint for maximum coverage, but I used a solid black polyshades stain on the drawers. Stain soaks into the wood rather than sits on top like paint, so the edges of the drawers are less likely to show wear with the stain.
The black enamel paint and the solid black polyshades stain blend very well.
See furniture differently. Look past the color and see the potential in the shape and it’s use. This petite dresser has a classic, clean-lined shape and the nine drawers make it extremely versitile. It will soon be available in my Shop.
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