This dresser makeover with shutters is one of my most popular furniture makeovers. I think it is because many of us have one of these old dressers. This project was not hard to do and it updated an old piece of furniture into a piece of furniture that looks like it came from a high-end store.
This DIY dresser makeover with shutters saved me from a battle with my husband that I was not ever going to win. Guess what? We both have won now!
This old dresser was my husband’s grandfather’s dresser who passed away 20 years ago. It was given to my husband along with the matching chest about 4 years ago. We did not need the furniture but it is sentimental for my husband so I can not ever get rid of it. I really don’t blame him for wanting to hold on to it. We live in a one-story home without a basement so the furniture has been in my garage for several years. Every time we clean the garage out, we shuffle these pieces around and pile stuff on them. It wouldn’t be so bad if you could use them for storage but the drawers are so small that it is useless.
Being a repurposer, and I could not come up with any ideas to make these pieces useful or pretty. When I was out shopping one day, and I saw a cabinet with shutter doors that were beautiful. I thought that the cabinet would look great in my kitchen. Every time I see one of these cabinets on the Internet, I save it. The cabinet has been on my mind for a while now.
One day I was on my treadmill in the garage, and I was looking at the dresser because it was there (it is always there). There were two old shutter doors sitting nearby that I use with my holiday decor. A lightbulb went off, and I went over to the dresser, removed the drawers, and held the shutters up to the dresser. This could work! After dragging my husband out to the garage, he agreed with me, this could work.
Clean the furniture well.
After removing the drawers, I cleaned the dresser with a vacuum and Clorox wipes. I sanded the dresser with a palm sander and medium-grit sandpaper and wiped the dust off with a tack cloth. The shutter doors were not wide enough to cover the front of the dresser but I had two boards in my stash that would work.
Cut the boards to fit.
We also had to shave a little less than an inch off the bottom of the shutters.
Prime and paint the dresser and shutters.
One thing that I have learned is to lightly sand after every coat of paint and also after every coat of primer to give your furniture a professional looking paint job. I painted the dresser with a Valspar sample and the color is Frappe. The color that I used to whitewash is Gravity.
Since the picture of my dream cabinet with shutter doors is light colored, I went with a whitewash on top and I LOVE it!
Add water to the paint to thin it for whitewashing.
Brush it on and wipe it off.
I let it dry overnight and applied a top coat to protect my cabinet. Well, I am so pleased with my new dresser makeover with shutters because I have a gorgeous new cabinet for my kitchen, and I have more room in my garage. I am also glad that my husband has his grandfather’s dresser right in our kitchen.
I have been asked what I did inside the dresser. I planned on using baskets to store kitchen items in but I left it like it was so that I could store all my placemats, linens, chargers, and napkins. It works perfectly for these items because they can lay flat and not wrinkle.
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