There really is no need to buy a new dresser when there are finds like this to be had at thrift stores! This thrift store dresser upcycle has been done by the very talented Jessica Cottrell Croxall. Jessica shows us just how much of a difference a bit of paint can make to the overall look of a dresser. Have a look at the photos below and you will be amazed and inspired to go thrift store shopping to create your own unique and stunning furniture upcycles.

To create your own upcycled furniture you will need these following things. Old furniture, thrift stores or online second-hand marketplaces are perfect. Chalk Paint, for easy prep free painting. As well as some vision and inspiration.

Thrift Store Dresser Upcycle

Thrift store dresser upcycle

Jessica found this undercover beauty with rounded drawers from a thrift store. She kept the natural wood and added the black. This was a great thrift store find! Many thrift stores sell furniture for next to nothing so with a bit of hunting you too can find a great dresser to upcycle. All that is needed is a bit of hard work and vision to transform something old into something unique and stunning.

Thrift Store Dresser before


The hardware was swapped out with new drawer knobs from Hobby Lobby.  Hardware will really change the look of the furniture. There is a great selection of different drawer knobs available such as clear glass knobs to ceramic knobs and everything in between. The hardest part of upcycling furniture is deciding on the overall finished look. Looking at the different styles of drawer knobs at the planning stage to help decide on this final vision. We love how Jessica matched the black hardware with black paint which gives the piece a very polished professional look.

Thrift store draw handles upcycle

Chalk Paint

Jessica used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Graphite and sealed with Annie Sloan Dark Wax. There are a number of different chalk paints available today but Annie Sloan is one of the best. The great thing about chalk paint is that there’s no need for priming or sanding. Traditional chalk paints require a wax finish however on the market today some brands don’t need that top coat as it is built into the paint. 

Thrift Store Dresser top

An upcycle project doesn’t need to be massive to have a massive impact! The drawers are still the same original wood. Jessica painted the frame and changed the hardware which has given this dresser a totally different, new and amazing look. 

The finished look is simple yet stylish. We think you will agree that this is one stunning upcycled project!

Thrift Store Dresser Upcycle

If you are interested in working with chalk paint be sure to check out our article on DIY Chalk Paint Projects.
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