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Dresser Makeover Before & After // Raw Rustic to Glam Black & Gold

black dresser with gold pulls    accents

I found this great hand built rustic dresser at a thrift shop for $200 a few years ago to house the husband’s clothes and to match our old Tropical Master Bedroom. It was perfect and I loved scoring such a treasure.

In our new master bedroom, however, it doesn’t really work. The unfinished wood with dark bronze handles doesn’t really match the glam modern Gatsby look I’m going for in the space, which has gray walls and silky lavender and gold/taupe drapes.

Finally, after living with it for a year and a half, I got busy last weekend refinishing it, and I love the look. It’s crazy how a little paint can literally change the entire look of the dresser and take it from tropical rustic to glam… spending very little to do so and without changing any of the hardware at all.

dresser black gold-before after

I used a gloss black paint, which in person is really great, but in photos or under harsh light, tends to amplify brush strokes and any imperfections in the wood, and there were plenty. I used sponge brushes instead of hairs/bristles because it was not only ten times easier, but also, they don’t leave as many stroke marks {in person} or rogue brush hairs in the paint.

I simply spray painted the pulls gold and and when it was all said and done, took my gold Sharpie paint pen and outlined the innermost beveled edge. I wasn’t sure it was going to work, and ready to paint over it with black, but it totally added that extra unique chic glam look with very little skill, technique, and time. It took seconds and dried just as fast as I marked it on.


Dresser before

refinishing a dresser-black and gold-2

Never underestimate what a little black gloss paint, gold spray paint, & a gold Sharpie paint pen can do!

And… Voila!

black and gold dresser

Also seen : Botanical Prints, Velvet Teal Tufted Ottoman, Mirrored Bar Cabinet, Pinch Pleat Curtains in lavender & taupe/gold, vintage brass figurine

black and gold dresser diy

diy black and gold dresser

* Check out this rustic dresser in our old Tropical Master Bedroom.
* Check out what our Master Bedroom at the Lake House looks like now… but will be finished hopefully soon!
* Check our all my Project Master Bedroom posts here

refinishing a dresser - black and gold -before and after

* I can’t wait to finish this room! And I’m hoping to do so in the coming weeks! I’m waiting for the new bed to arrive and still on the hunt for the perfect side tables/night stands.


Maegan Tintari

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

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