3 steps to vintage-ifying a brand new dresser #Do It Yourself#dining rooms#dresser#furniture#painting November 29 | Guest post by Christina Fleming I really wanted a dresser in my dining room. Not for storing clothes (because that's just silly!) but for keeping extra dishes, linens, etc. I brought the idea to my husband a few months ago and he said that was fine. I suggested we buy a secondhand dresser and paint it. But my husband struggled with the concept of painting a potentially old and lovely piece of wooden furniture, so my next idea was to buy new and paint it. THAT he approved! I found this brand new dresser for $99 at a store similar to Ikea. It's just unfinished pine and comes with six drawers. From there it was a three-step process for my project: distressing, painting, staining. Step 1: Distress I wanted to create a piece that looked worn and beat up, like it had been painted a couple times. So my husband gave me some tools (screw, crowbar, hammer and hatchet) and I went to town beating my dresser. Step 2: Paint I bought two cans or Rustoleum "Colonial Red" spray paint but only used one. Side note: wear gloves while spray painting outside. Painting is done! I did a couple coats and let it all dry outside for a couple hours (it was pretty chilly out, but also sunny. The sun dried most of the paint so we could move it inside after a couple hours). The dresser had a full two days to dry before I started the staining process. Related Post Paint your own ombre dresser drawers Ombre -- or having colors or tones that transition into one another other -- is huge in the fashion world right now. This aesthetic can... Read more Step 3: Stain I used Minwax Wood Finish in cherry and a staning kit that came with gloves, an applicator sponge and a cleaning rag. I also used a brush for painting walls. The staining process was really easy: Paint the stain in an even layer over a small patch of dresser, wait a minute or two and rub it in with the rag. A lot of the stain came off but that's the look I was going for. The whole project took about one hour, not including drying time. It could have been completed in one day because the drying time for the paint is only four hours. A little time for a big impact! Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Christina Fleming On October 28, 2012 I married the best guy ever and moved into our first home. I started a blog while we were engaged so that I could keep friends and family in the loop about our planning process. Now that we are discovering the joys of being married and owning a home, I figured a new blog was in order! I'm a crafter, baker, picture-taker, organizer and I love making house. http://ourwoodhome.blogspot.com PREVIOUS I'm genderqueer and pregnant: how my tattoos are helping me maintain my identity NEXT How do you get you and your partner's sex drives back in sync? Show/Hide comments [ 17 ] I remember watching a furniture show on PBS and they used chains to distress furniture. Like get a thick-ass chain, live out your Road Rash fantasies on that thing. It helps wear edges really nicely. Awesome tute. 1 agrees Reply Absolutely! You can also lie the chain on the wood and tap it with a hammer or rubber mallet to create distressed looks. Also, hammer a few bent down nails on a 2×4, and give the furniture a few good whacks. Reply I really want that exact dresser. I have been looking for a dresser-type piece of furniture for my living room too! 1 agrees Reply Jessica, here is the link to the dresser online! http://www.jysk.ca/erik-wide-pharmacy.html Reply Beautiful! Reply I laughed when I read "it only took me an hour", as I do every time I read a similar statement. How do you people do things so fast!? Everything takes me forever and a day. Teach me your ways!!! 1 agrees Reply Rose, it only took me an hour because the spray paint is super easy to apply! And the stain is too since I wasn't doing 100% coverage. Reply I'm just remembering the time I spray painted my dresser. It was like a comedy routine! I sat there in the store for 20 minutes debating on the best value spray paint. It took a half hour to finally get my mom to help me carry the body of the dresser outside. 15 minutes to search for a drop cloth as my mom complained that I would ruin the lawn. I held the spray paint can too far away at first, and I was using crappy paint, so I used up all three cans on half the dresser. Back to the store I went for more paint. Came back and halfway finished the job before realizing the wind had blown grass into the wet paint. After it dried, I had to sand out the grass chunks and respray. After that dried, I realized the job was still blotchy, and did a second coat. All in all, it took an entire day. I feel like all of my home improvement projects follow a similar script, and I get so frustrated! 2 agree Reply That's such a funny story!! Hopefully your next project will go a lot smoother:) Reply I spy a JYSK dresser…hello fellow canadian? I actually have a similar dresser from there, thanks for the ideas! Reply YEs! It is from Jysk:) It's the "Eric" Pharamcy chest…I'm not sure if they still have it in stock. Reply lovely dresser! i am really commenting though because i was cracking up- "I really wanted a dresser in my dining room. Not for storing clothes (because that's just silly!)"- i currently have my dresser full of clothes in my dining room (disguised on top as a buffet-clever, yes?). got to love small apartments! 2 agree Reply Please tell me where you found a new dresser for $99! I can't find anything less than $300 for that size! Reply Nevermind, i should have read the comments first 😉 Reply Kirstin, the dresser was $99 in store but the website has it listed for more (it might have been on sle when I bought it). If you don't mind second hand furniture try Value Village or Good Will…I saw lots of good pieces at my local stores. Reply The handles totally make it! Good work. Reply Thanks! They were actually included:) Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.