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Trash to Treasure Dresser

Trash to Treasure ~ Dresser

If I’m not working on a project, I get a little stir crazy.  I just finished this dresser and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.  I often keep my furniture projects for myself or put them in my booth, but I’m currently working on upping my furniture game to get more pieces done to sell throughout the month.  Furniture painting is what got me started on social media, which lead to blogging, and it’s really the thing that makes me the happiest. This dresser is one of my all time favorite transformations to date. I bought this project dresser from a friend.  I knew I wanted it but I didn’t know what I was going to do with it.  I thought I could either keep it in it’s “junkie” state and use it outdoors as a potting bench or something like that, or spend 20 hours bringing it up to “sellable” standards.  I’m crazy so I went with door number two.

The Before 

It was more work than any other piece of furniture I’ve ever done. All, and I mean all, of the veneer was peeling off and needed to be removed.  I don’t care who you talk to, tackling a piece of furniture with veneer issues are not an easy undertaking.  Here is what I started with…




The Process

Since the veneer was already peeling, a good portion came off without too much work. I got this far before I decided to go buy a heat gun to help melt the glue.  The heat gun helped tremendously on the top but the sides were very difficult.

Buffet with veneer problems

The sides gave me a headache. Sooooo muuuuuuch worrrrrrk.

Makeover of a dresser with veneer issues

Here it is with all of the veneer off and all of the holes filled.  It’s really starting to look beautiful again.

Project dresser

The After

And here it is.  After about a thousand hours of work, it’s finished.  I really love how it turned out.  And I really love turning something that was close to being tossed in the trash into something kind of amazing.


Dresser Makeover by Momtique

Dresser Makeover

Dresser transformation

Dresser Transformation by Momtique

Buffet Transformation

Antique Hardware Antique Dresser Makeover French Buffet

Next time you see a piece of junky furniture, take a second look.  It might be worth the time spent to make it beautiful again.  I would have loved to have kept this piece but alas there is no room in my tiny house.  This piece has already moved on to it’s new home. Yay!  Now, on to the next one.  This time I’m thinking something along the color scheme of MINT!


“And remember, you did it yourself and it will probably show. Embrace the DIY life.”

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