I have been on a roll with refinishing thrift store dressers lately, an this one is probably one of my favorite furniture makeovers to date. You know that I love trying new brands of paint, new colors and new techniques, and this Queenstown Gray dresser makeover is one that I think you’ll love as much as I do. This post contains some affiliate links.
The dresser itself was in great condition – one of the drawers needed a little adjusting, but that was it. Solid wood, made by Stanley Furniture – good stuff.
I have used General Finishes paints in the past, and I really love how easily they spray, and the final finish once dry. They have a great selection of colors too. Because we all want great colors, yes? I spotted Queenstown Gray with a stained wood top, on a side table in a local Woodcraft store that sells and refinish furniture, and fell in love with it. I knew it had to be mine, and would be a perfect color for this piece.
So, I got to work. I have been doing a lot of stained tops and painted bottoms on furniture lately, and I think it really ups the interest factor and adds some depth and dimension. It takes a little bit of extra time, but if the top of the furniture piece is in good shape, it’s worth it.
I used the same toning technique as I did in this buffet makeover – mixing stain and satin poly together before spraying – and it just does not disappoint. Again, I went with the Walnut Stain from General Finishes. It’s a great stain color – not too dark, not too light, and you get some control on the saturation of the stain by mixing it with the poly.
I sprayed the body of the dresser, and added some crisp white ceramic knobs from Hobby Lobby to give it a pop of contrast. I absolutely love the finished look, and was quite tempted to keep this beauty for myself!
Can I just say how nice it is to have a lovely brick exterior right outside the door of my workshop area? Makes for easy staging with a perfect backdrop. I wish I had thought of this sooner! Here it is in all its glory.
I think staging this piece really helped in selling it too. I sold it within 24 hours, which was quite a thrill, let me tell you.
Here it is before I staged it. Nice but the accessories definitely give it an extra bit of interest, and I think it allows buyers to envision how they might use it in their own home.
Note – these shots are before I applied the polycrylic, but you can see how pretty the finish of this paint is on its own. I’m really excited to try the Flat out Flat poly on the piece that I’m working on now, and will be sure to report my findings. here’s a peek at the next dresser in my arsenal –
Until then, here is a final side-by-side comparison. After finishing this dresser, I can recommend Queenstown Gray without reservation. 🙂
Have you tried this beautiful shade of gray? I can’t believe it took me this long to find it!