I see waterfall dressers everywhere I turn. They’re at thrift stores, vintage shops and antique shows. Like most vintage pieces, they are solid & sturdy and will last for years to come, which means that they are worthy of a makeover.
Their lines are lovely, but can be a bit boring at times. Let’s add a punch of personality to this one!
Can you take a dresser that swings to the traditional end of the spectrum and revamp it to swing towards the modern end? Why, certainly!
The key here is to create a polished, not distressed, look.
I’d start by giving the entire piece a good sanding to remove the existing finish. Then, set the drawers aside and apply a dark stain finish, like Minwax’s Onyx, to the entire outer shell and finish with a clear topcoat.
A rich, dark stain like this adds an instant hit of sleek sophistication.
Because the drawers are nice & flat and lack any detailing or ornamentation, they’re the perfect surface for a fresh coat of crisp, white paint, followed by a clear topcoat.
The last detail to take this dresser from trad to mod: gleaming chrome handles!
The existing handles are the perfect circular shape for the final look I had in mind, but in this case, the gold has got to go.
Freshen them up with a good cleaning. Let them dry completely. Then spray them with 2-3 thin coats of Krylon Original Chrome spray paint.
Voila! An ultra sleek, mod dresser from a traditional, dime-a-dozen dresser!
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