Vintage Dresser Transformation

So, there’s cool vintage and then there’s not so cool vintage, right? Well, when I first saw this deco vanity it definitely sat in the latter category though just needed a little nudge to bump it to the former.

It came to me for the bargain price of $0 – really, the things people just throw away. It was complete with ugly bakelite handles, a glass shelf and two wing mirrors too, though I only remembered to take the ‘before’ pic after I already removed them – oops!

Anyways, after a general clean, patch-up and light all over sand I replaced the central glass shelf with a piece of timber (just cause the glass didn’t seem quite right for the look I was going for) then primed and painted the whole thing black.

To add some distinction, and for a slight industrial edge, I stencilled on some simple numbers in pale buttery vanilla before distressing the whole piece (corners, edges and flat surfaces) by hand with a sanding block.

Next I sealed the whole thing with wipe-on poly before attaching some new nickel bin pulls.

The big tri-piece wing mirror is completely detachable so you can use it with…

or without…

I love the way some paint and a few unique little touches can give an old piece of furniture a completely new feel, and in this case, has made what was distinctly a bedroom item into a piece that can be used virtually anywhere.

  1. I just love this~ it is amazing! Your few changes make it look completely different. Love the hardware. It just looks lovely.

  2. Sarah says:

    Hey Kristine,
    Great job! I am so swept up in the white paint thing that I would never have thought (ahh der!) to go black with it!
    Love your ideas & makeovers, thanks for the continued inspiration!
    S. x

  3. Wow, that turned out beautiful. I love the color and the pulls. So unique.

  4. I love the touch of adding the numbers. You can really make lemonade from lemons. You should sell your stuff on Etsy!

  5. Pudel-design says:

    Oh i love it!
    It`s really amazing!
    The numbers are such a great idea,
    In my opinion it should be without the mirror.
    The print looks way better!
    Lovely greetings…:)

  6. The pulls really make this piece a stand out. Great job!

  7. I LOVE IT! You did an Awesome job!

  8. Jen says:

    Beautiful! Love the number detail!

  9. seeker says:

    I love it! Oh how I miss living where people threw away things like this! I moved from rural Pa where i regularly found and repurposed things like this to South Florida where the things people get rid of (even to the thrift stores) are truly junk (as im pressed board Kmart stuff)

    You did a beautiful job! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Love the whole look!

  11. judi says:

    kristine…i love how you make furniture pop with the right color and oh those numbers! love how you add numbers to your pieces. the distressing really brings out the details of the dressing table.

    judi ;)

  12. kathie says:

    Hi! I saw it on Remodelaholic last week, but I am so glad to have more pictures to look at~ it is fabulous! Great job!

  13. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! you did fabulous!

  14. Musings says:

    Beautiful! What wipe-on poly did you use?

  15. great staging! Love the pics. And the furniture looks fab too! love the numbers and pulls. -denise

  16. Tou outdid yourself! I am thinking that my son’s dresser will be painted black.Great choice of color!
    And the pulls… perfect!
    Have a pretty day!

  17. Just loving those numbers. Such a classy transformation! :)

  18. Amy Kinser says:

    If anyone misses this piece then they have missed one of the best pieces of furniture in blog history. I’m just sayin….

  19. NanaDiana says:

    Kristine…I read about it last week and I liked it so much I read it again today! LOL…Yeah…life is good that way! Hugs- Diana

  20. Thanks for all the comments!
    Musings, I used Cabot’s wipe-on poly.

  21. How cute!! it came out great!

  22. Love it…great redo!

  23. Looks cool dude.unc

  24. Ashley says:

    Gorgeous! I absolutely love this!

  25. That turned out so nice, so PB. Love it.

  26. O.My.Goodness. I love this, and a peak at yourother projects just won me over. I am your new disciple…err..follower

  27. That is an awesome job!!! I really love love love it! Perfect for today.

  28. Terri says:

    Such a cool project, I love the numbered drawers and the basket in the middle…amazing!

  29. What a fantastic makeover. You did a wonderful job!

    Stop by and collect your clues. The largest giveaway in Decor To Adore history will be revealed next Friday.

  30. Oh! I had missed the numbers in your thumbnail (Funky Junk) – love that touch!

    Did you prime with white? Did it take forever to get the black opaque? I’m getting ready to redo a vanity for my mom – yours is great inspiration!

    Would love for you to stop by tomorrow and link up to Passion for Paint!

  31. Cassie says:

    Love this….your vignette (minus the mirrors) looks Pottery Barn-esque!

  32. kelly says:

    very cool! i love how so many people are recycling things that would just be thrown away and they are even cooler than something new from a mass merchandiser!

  33. We featured this, today, as one of {Our Favorite Thingz}!

  34. my god, its such a beautiful dresser, very elegant and very functional, i especially like its black color – very stylish and beautiful

  35. a really good piece of furniture, i like the way the drawers have been equally divided on the two sides and the way space has been given, a really classic piece of furniture

  36. I LOVE the way this came out!

    Thanks for linking up to Fab Friday –


  37. Denise says:

    I remember seeing this beauty on one of the link parties! I intended to click and visit, but somehow it got away from me….just gorgeous! Love the update with the numbers on the drawers!
    Thanks for your very nice comment on my centerppiece. Looking forward to following you!

  38. artsnark says:

    Found you through a different DIY project on pinterest – loving your work! You have a fantastic eye & talent for turning trash into treasures

    • The Painted Hive says:

      I’m glad you stopped by :-)

  39. Amanda says:

    Wow! I found an almost identical dressing table on the side of the road and I have been toying with different ideas of how to pretty it up. Thanks for the inspiration =)

  40. Amysha says:

    Haha, just came across this beautiful transformation and then I noticed that the poster above it names places near where I live in Brooklyn New York!

  41. Mellissa says:

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