DIY, Furniture

Navy Blue wins again! 💙

Dresser Makeover Before Picture

One of my favorite things about a furniture makeover is the before and after photos! I always wonder, how many people would just walk by this dresser in a thrift store, or get rid of it because it’s old and they’ve just had it forever. What do you have in your home that could use a makeover? I used General Finishes Coastal Blue for this project… and the end results are stunning! Take a look!

Blue Dresser makeover in Coastal Blue by General Finishes with stained top.

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I debated painting the hardware a brighter bronze or gold, but decided to stick with the original patina! I did make sure to clean them really well, and spruce them up with some gold Rub ‘N Buff. I added just a little bit to the edges, so now the beautiful detail stands out a bit more on the navy blue, while still leaving the original dark brass color in the middle. It’s the perfect option for getting the best of both worlds!

Painted dresser makeover. Cleaned up Patina Hardware with Rub 'N Buff really highlights the details.

Closer Look at the Details!

I sealed this piece with General Finishes Flat out Flat, I love the look of this sealant! No shine, which keeps that vintage charm that I love so much!

DIY painted dresser makeover in General Finishes coastal blue.
Dresser Makeover in Coastal Blue paint by General Finishes with a stained top and the original hardware.

If you are interested in learning how to paint furniture yourself, my painting furniture course walks your through all the steps needed to create a beautiful furniture makeover just like this. It even includes a bonus lesson that teaches how to stain furniture properly!

And if you want to learn how to choose furniture to refinish, make sure to grab my guide to find the perfect piece of thrifted furniture!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope this piece has inspired you!!! ❤️✌🏻

Navy Blue wins again! 💙 This DIY furniture makeover is stunning. This painted dresser was done in Coastal Blue by General Finishes.

11 thoughts on “Navy Blue wins again! 💙”

  1. I have this exact dresser (with the matching vanity and night stand). It was my husbands Great Aunt’s childhood furniture. I loove how you painted it and I ordered all the exact colors to achieve the same look! Did you distress the edges or use the rub and buff?

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    1. HORRAY! It’s going to look beautiful! I distressed the edges of the dresser, and used rub and buff on the hardware!!!!

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      1. Hi did you use the rub and buff on the dresser legs side decor ? And around the edges to give that gold look?
        Also did you prime the furniture first ?

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      2. Hello! No rub and buff anywhere except for the hardware! The side decor is just distressed! No primer on this piece, just sanded down and cleaned really well!

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  2. I am doing a makeover on a furniture piece that looks almost identical to yours (I didn’t take a before picture) can I use you in my blog post? I will reference your page!

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  3. I LOVE this look! I’ve been thinking about painting a dresser I have, a beautiful navy similar to this. I especially love it when madeover dressers have a stained top to compliment the paint. What stain did you use for this dresser??

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