Stenciled Dresser for Themed Furniture Makeover Day!


Hi Friends!

You know that thing called “life” that gets in the way of our fun little hobbies? Well life has been busy lately for us but great, I cannot complain! I am so glad to get back to painting and no better time than to dive into it again for our Themed Furniture Makeover Day!  This month our DIY Furniture friends are teaming up to share our furniture “Inspired by Chocolate”!

Hmmm…I decided to share this awesome dresser that MyLove dug out of the trash (On Valentine’s Day, none the less) and brought home and surprised me. Yep, he knows me well.  He also knows that he better throw in some flowers and chocolates too, which he did!  So let’s start with the pitiful before, shall we?…

It really wasn’t in too bad of shape and super clean on the inside.  As you can see it was missing some drawers and had only one surviving knob. So glad that MyLove saw potential in this piece, I couldn’t wait to get started.

I super sanded the top and drawers with my electric palm sander by starting off with 80 grit sandpaper, working my way up to a smooth 220.

I cut some plywood on hand to make a shelf and trimmed it out on the edge.  It already looks much better.

Now comes the fun part and thinking about chocolate made me choose my favorite yummy chocolate colored Minwax Stain in Dark Walnut.  It actually came out a bit darker than I had planned but still in love with the deep tones of the woodgrain.

It seemed a bit incomplete on it’s own so I added the cute vine stencils for added interest.  The shell of the dresser was painted in two coats of Annie Sloan Old White, the same used on the vines. Finally I added Minwax Polyeurethane Gloss to seal the stained areas and Minwax Polycrylic on the Chalk Painted areas.


Two functional baskets and some pretty flowered drawer knobs and it’s complete!

I am in love; and like all of the pieces that I work on, it will be hard to let it go!

What is your favorite part of this makeover? Mine is that beautiful wood grain! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Now I am going to go grab some more chocolate in the form of Oreos and head over to see how my DIY Furniture Makeover girlfriends are inspired! Thanks for visiting Curb Alert! Love ya! ~Tami


  1. Larissa Prodigal Pieces

    Love that stark contrast! Wood with paint is one of my favorite furniture makeovers, and you rocked it for sure. Pinning!

  2. Holly_Palermo

    Love this!! I love the stencil.

  3. Lindsay Eidahl from My Creative Days

    What a great curb rescue! I love your makeover! Nice job!

  4. Christy James

    What a fantastic save!! I did something very similar for a trash to treasure post I'm sharing next week. It had a drawer that was beyond repair. Love the addition of the baskets! XO

  5. Karin Chudy

    Tami, I just love the two tone! Its turned out just GORGEOUS!!

  6. Amy Rattleff

    WOW, that looks nothing like the piece your hubby salvaged for you! Now, that is a good man grabbing a rescue piece. 🙂 The contrast with the paint and stain is truly my favorite look! Nice job.

  7. Petticoat Junktion

    You wouldn't know this was the same piece. I love the stenciling. I have yet to try stain. I need to get on that. Beautiful job as always Tami!

  8. Marie Blackburn

    Wow, you'd never know this was the same piece, Tami! Love the contrast between the stark white and dark walnut stain. Don't get me started on those pretty vines and the floral knobs. Beautiful makeover! I bet you impressed the heck out of hubby after seeing his dumpster dive find. Pinning to share ☺

  9. Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Tami you did a phenomenal job saving this dresser- I love what you did! I also want to feature it on DIYFM… 😉

  10. Kim Jones

    I adore this makeover. I have a dresser similar to this, missing drawers that my son uses as a book shelf/storage chest. Your mix of stain and paint are beautiful!!!!

  11. Canary Street Crafts

    What an amazing transformation! I never would have guessed that piece had so much potential. It's really beautiful.

  12. Stacy {Anastasia Vintage}

    Tami, I LOVE how you updated this dresser! My favorite part is also the rich tone of the wood – that grain is just gorgeous!

  13. Vanessa

    Great piece. I love it! I need something like this.

  14. Audra @ Renewed Projects

    Love love love the white with the chocolate (how can a girl go wrong with chocolate??? lol). Turned out BEAUTIFUL!

  15. Karen Marie Kedzuch

    I love your chocolate inspired dresser given to you by your love on Valentine's Day.
    Happy Creating, Karen Marie

  16. Paula@SweetPea

    What a difference! I love the contrast of the dark wood with the light colored paint. Your hubby definitely knows the way to your heart!

  17. Jeannie Marie

    It really turned out beautifully! I love the baskets!

  18. Anonymous

    Oh My Goodness!!! This is seriously goooood! I love the natural wood with the pop of white design on it! This looks beautiful! Well done! I never had much luck with stencils but this piece makes me want to try again! Well done! If you are at all interested in joining in on one more link party I would be happy to host your talents! Making Broken Beautiful runs every Thursday thru Sunday and is a furniture and home decor party over at The Curator's Collection. You do lovely work and I'd be honored to host you! I hope you have a great weekend!
    Making Broken Beautiful

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