Dresser Fixer Upper

This dresser was left on the curb!!! Can you believe it?!  Me and my hubs were relaxing on the couch watching Arrested Development when I saw this listing come up on Craigslist!  
It was in Tempe, which is about a 15-20 minute drive for us, but I didn't care!  I hopped in my car and drove over, hoping it would still be there!  

It was!  I have been lucky with dressers lately....2 freebies in the past two months! Oh Yeah!
Too bad it didn't look like this sitting on the curb!  Unfortunately, the poor guy was hammered! 
 I named him Buster.....cause ya know....who doesn't like Buster?!

His back slats were in a stack next to the dresser when I picked him up!  Luckily they were all there, except a small piece on the bottom that was missing:

His back was easy enough to fix, but his bottom still had issues, so I reinforced the bottom with some scrap wood:

But the WORST thing about him was that someone had filled his keyholes with wood filler!
 How sad is that?!

I thought this would be harder than it actually was to fix.  I just took my drill, and drilled away until all the wood filler was gone.

Anyways, I am in love with this guy!  
The gray I used is Valspar's Wet Pavement.   

 The white on the drawers is Valspar's Betsy's Linen.

Then I glazed him with Martha Stewart's Metallic Glaze.
 While I was at my local Antique Store I found this awesome brass hardware that I thought would look smashing on him!  

And an added bonus was they had keyhole escutcheons to match! 
He was a major project, but I had a blast refinishing this guy!
So what do you think?  Does Buster look pretty chic with the brass hardware?  Or is it too much?! 


  1. What a cool dresser! Such an amazing find. I think he looks wonderful. Great job.

    Stopping by from SITS.

    1. Thank you so much, I'm glad you agree and think he looks good!

  2. oooo I'm all about that brass hardware! Awesome choice! I never mind repairing something, even if it's lots of work, if I paid next to nothing for it. Kinda a challenge to see if what you see in your head is achievable! You definitely nailed it with this one :)

    1. THANKS Cindy! I've been lovin the brass lately too, and yes, I like the challenge!

  3. Love the look of this! Great score!

  4. Such a great makeover! I just featured your baby gate on The Blissful Bee's {Work it Wednesday} so make sure to stop by and link up again!!


  5. I love this, you always amaze me!!

    Start @ Home

  6. Such a great color combo ~ loving gray and white right now. I'm featuring it in the PoPP Spotlight this week.

  7. I think it is fabulous. You did an amazing job. I love the colors and the brass hardware and keyholes are just the perfect addition. Thanks tone for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  8. Beautiful dresser! I want it! I love the colors that you painted it, and I'm pinning it to my fabulous furniture board!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  9. This is a great dresser and I love finding freebies to fix up as well!
    I would love for your to link up to my party @

    Suzie @ Dorothy Sue and Millie B’s too

    1. Thanks Suzie! I know, freebies are the best! Definitely, I'm headed there now!

  10. Gorgeous! Love the colors you chose ;) Great find!Thanks for sharing on Project Inspire{d}.. Pinned!

  11. Your dresser is darling! I'm a new blogger and will def be following your creativity! Feel free to visit me :)

    1. Hi Tiffany! Welcome to the blogging world! Thanks so much!

  12. Cute dresser! I love the little door, so charming!
    I'm coming over from Marty's. Hope you'll stop by when you get a chance.
    Mary Alice

  13. Hello there... Just wanted to let you know that I featured this on my CCC Link Party. Here is the link... http://dorothysueandmillieb.blogspot.com/2013/07/clever-crafty-and-creative-linky-party-3.html

    Please stop by and grab an "I've been featured button" and link up some more of your fabulous posts!!!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Suzie @ Dorothy Sue and Millie B's too


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