Thrift Store Find- DIY Ombré Dresser

Ombré dresser before and after

Ombré dresser before and after

My latest furniture project was turning a gross, nicotine stained mid century style dresser into an ombré painted beauty!  I’ve been keeping my eye out for a dresser that would work for my son’s room.  Since we moved in his clothes have been stored in two rubbermaid sets of drawers in the closet.  Fletcher has picked up a real sense of fashion lately and has a lot more clothes than would fit in those so he needed an upgrade.  After seeing the amazing ombré dresser on Young House Love I’ve wanted to do one but had to wait until finding the perfect dresser.  Thanks to the 50% off sale at my local thrift shop and a perfect fit for this project I came home with this guy for $34.50.  I purposefully chose a dresser that wasn’t super nice because I would hate to ruin something that would be more suited to new stain and not a whole lot of paint.  For that reason this dresser fit the bill perfectly and the hardware drew me in right away.  It was coated in grease and dirt and the dresser was badly stained yellow.  I don’t think the photos can convey how filthy it was.  I used the Centsational Girl laminate painting furniture tutorial since this was a laquered style paint job and it seems to be working great.  The color palette was imspired by a dresser on Thrifty Inspirations.  It isn’t perfectly smooth but I think overall it looks pretty nice!





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  • Heather

    Awesome job!

  • That is AMAZING! As I’ve said before, I’m so jealous of your eye and your drive. I consider myself a pretty great thrift shopper but I almost always buy things to use as-is. I wish I had that vision to see something through a stunning transformation like this. #pinning !

    Also, I love that you kept the diamond-shaped hardware. I love that sort-of desert, new-rustic vibe!

  • Alison

    I just did this for my daughters room with a Goodwill Dresser. I love how you spray painted the handles, I think that will be my next step!

  • Marina Crough

    That is sooo cute. I love the retro finishes and bright colours