Old Dresser Makeover – Mint for a Little Girl

This is an example of a very simple project that makes a great difference in a room decoration.

My client wanted to add some life to her little daughter bedroom. There was nothing wrong with this beautiful chest of drawers. It belonged to her husband when he was a kid, and it was in pristine condition. And yet, it didn’t add any joy to the space.

Here is the picture she sent me.

Mint Dresser - Before = The Wood Spa (1)

Nothing like adding a bit of color solve the problem. We went back and forth with some inspiration pictures from the Internet and she decided to go with mint, and I was very excited about it, since I’ve always wanted to paint a piece in that color.

She also decided to change the drawer knobs and chose some very cute rustic-brass ring pulls.

Here is how it looks now.


Adorable, right?

Here is what I needed for this project (this post contains some affiliate links).

Preparation and Painting Supplies:



How I did it…

First I removed the original knobs.

Next I cleaned the entire dresser with TSP diluted in water.

Since the wood was in perfect condition, I skipped sanding, and applied deglosser using paper towel, just to remove a bit of the previous finish and improve paint adherence.

Then I removed all the deglosser by cleaning everything again with TSP/water.

Next sprayed the white primer and as soon it was dry, I applied two coats of paint using my paint sprayer.

In order to avoid getting paint inside the dresser and drawers, I spray dressers and chests with all the drawers on and completely shut. I then use my paint brushes to paint the sides of the drawers that I couldn’t reach with the spray. I find it easier and faster than taping and covering the inside of the dresser to avoid overspray.

When the paint was completely dry, I applied to coats of Polycrilic, satin.

Finally I put on the new ring pulls.

And that was all! What a difference!

A few more pictures of this cutie.








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It all started in the spring of 2013. I realized how tired I was to see my house entirely decorated with IKEA stuff. Nothing against IKEA, but after 12 years, I just needed some change. I wanted stylish, original furniture, but noticed that everything I liked from retail stores was way out of my budget. Thanks to Google, Youtube, and a couple of amazing blogs, I was able to discover and explore the world of furniture refinishing, and it was the beginning of my addiction. I now spend my days rescuing old, dull, unwanted pieces of furniture to give them a fresh look so they can be displayed, used and loved again for many more years to come. Thanks for stopping by.

16 thoughts on “Old Dresser Makeover – Mint for a Little Girl

  1. I’m so enjoying all these projects. I did my own version of that desk you did with the Java gel stained top, Modern Masters metallics, teal drawer interiors and mercury glass pulls. Mine was an old, marred sewing cabinet. I left the inside top with original threads and spools intact, and instead of tinted glaze and spray satin at the end, I used Tudor Brown Briwax. Otherwise I copied what you did (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they say). Following your steps and product suggestions it turned out so well. Thank you! I’m already getting lots of compliments on it and have shown your blog and shared where I got the inspiration with others. Anyway, I’ve saved so many of your ideas. They’re just beautiful. Your guidance on prep work and clear instructions sure makes a difference, and (because I’ve seen many a tacky or “heavy-handed” makeover) I love the subtle touch you have with these projects. This bureau is simply sweet, the Tardis is smashingly fun ;), the navy and gold MCM dresser is so sharp, the coffee bar beautiful and unique, the…… Seriously, so many lovely pieces. My first project was as close to copying yours as I could do. I’m ready to start a second and will try to be a bit more brave and get inspiration from your blog while branching out a bit with my own ideas. No plans to blog myself but sure looking forward to all the projects ahead. Thank you again for all the guidance. Can’t wait to see your next posts!


    1. Ginger you are the sweetest and you kind words made my day!
      That is the whole point of creating and sharing. You start by copying something you loved, then before you know you are adding your own touches and reinventing everything completely. Next you find out you are inspiring someone else and it is so rewarding!
      Have fun with your projects! I suspect you’re becoming addicted just like I did 🙂


  2. Oh the power of paint and someone who has the vision to make it something beautiful. That colors is gorgeous BTW. Love how it turned out


  3. Pat that is such a sweet color. It is always fun to try out new colors because you never know how they will look and there is that sense of excitement. It is perfect for a childs room.


    1. Thank you Mary! I agree with you. I love trying new colors. It’s a shame most people prefer to stick to the classic ones.


  4. Hi Pat! I absolutely love this furniture transformation! So much so, that it’s my top pick from the Sweet Inspiration Link Party. I’ll be featuring it on the blog this Friday. Thanks for inspiring us with your work. Hope you come by again tomorrow and share more of your fabulous DIY’s! Have a great night 🙂


    1. Oh wow, thank you so much Jelica! Always exciting to be one of the featured projects among so many awesome things.


  5. This is so adorable! I love this color! Thank you so much for your list of supplies and instructions. I just found your site! Stopped by from the grandmas house we go wed. link party.


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