Aqua Dresser Makeover – What’s Knot to Love?

Facelift for a Knotty Pine Dresser | Pretty Handy Girl

You know you’ve seen those knotty pine dressers from yesteryear. Their spotlight has faded and they are finding themselves at thrift shops, ReStores or worse yet…at the curb.

Facelift for a Knotty Pine Dresser | Pretty Handy Girl

I’m begging you to let this knotty eyesore back into your home. It doesn’t have to be banished. It’s KNOT her fault she was built from cheap pine. All this dresser needs is a new coat of paint and some beautiful brass knobs and all her flaws and knots will be forgotten.

Facelift for a Knotty Pine Dresser | Pretty Handy Girl

Extra observant points to anyone who realized that this blogger forgot to take a good before picture! She looked very similar to the knotty pine dresser shown above, except she had wooden circle knobs and an unfortunate set of bun feet. I did remove the bun feet from the dresser when I first brought it home. Mama ain’t got no need for buns in this oven (or on my dresser.)

Here are the details on how to refinish a knotty pine dresser and give it a complete makeover!

Materials:

  • Sandpaper
  • BIN primer
  • Damp rag
  • Paint brush
  • Foam paint roller
  • Quart of Benjamin Moore Advance paint (Deep Ocean)
  • Valspar asphaltum glaze
  • Brass hardware (I bought mine from House of Antique Hardware)
  • Drill with bits
  • Screwdriver
  • Level

Instructions:

This tutorial will be fairly brief, if you need more photos and explanation, you can view my previous dresser painting adventure.

Begin by removing all the drawers and knobs. Lightly sand the dresser and drawer fronts. Wipe off any sanding dust.

Pull out the BIN primer and use it in a well ventilated area. I will stress that you need to use either BIN primer or a shellac-based primer to seal the knots in your dresser. Regular water-based primer won’t properly seal them and you’ll see stains appearing in a few months.

Facelift for a Knotty Pine Dresser | Pretty Handy Girl

Apply the primer and allow it to thoroughly dry. Lightly sand any brush marks and imperfections off. Wipe off the sanding dust with a damp rag.

Facelift for a Knotty Pine Dresser | Pretty Handy Girl

Paint the dresser using a foam roller for a smoother finish. Allow the first coat to dry, lightly sand and add a second coat. I chose  to use the Benjamin Moore Advance paint for this project. Advance has a hardener in it that prevents chipping. It allows me to skip the polyurethane top coat. Therefore, it is my preferred paint for furniture painting. (I was not paid to say this, I just love the paint.)

Facelift for a Knotty Pine Dresser | Pretty Handy Girl

For more depth and interest, dry brush and then wipe off the Valspar Asphalum glaze. (Read my tips and tricks for getting great results with the Valspar Antiquing glaze.)

Facelift for a Knotty Pine Dresser | Pretty Handy Girl

Let the glaze dry.

Facelift for a Knotty Pine Dresser | Pretty Handy Girl

Time to add that final bling and give this lady a new lease on life!

Facelift for a Knotty Pine Dresser | Pretty Handy Girl

I purchased brass bin pulls to replace the previous single knob. No need to putty the old hole, simply position the pull over the hole and screwed it in place. Out of sight, out of mind!

Facelift for a Knotty Pine Dresser | Pretty Handy Girl

To install new bail pull handles on the other drawers, (a) insert one post into the existing hole. (b) Level the back plate. (c) Mark the second hole. (d) Drill the second hole and insert the second post.

Facelift for a Knotty Pine Dresser | Pretty Handy Girl

I used three different pulls on the dresser, but they all coordinate beautifully!

Facelift for a Knotty Pine Dresser | Pretty Handy Girl

Hardware Source: Bail Pull Handles, Star Ring Pulls, and Bin Pulls

Facelift for a Knotty Pine Dresser | Pretty Handy Girl

Be honest, would you know that this used to be a knotty pine monstrosity?

Facelift for a Knotty Pine Dresser | Pretty Handy Girl

She’s one elegant lady now.

Facelift for a Knotty Pine Dresser | Pretty Handy Girl

I hung a few photos from our trip to England last year. It’s such a nice way to relive the memories.

That’s all folks! Have a great weekend, and stay tuned for more master bedroom progress!

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Comments

  1. Love it. What a great makeover and the hardware is fabulous.

  2. I love this color! You did a great job. I want to find more pieces to DIY. I’m working on a plan though, I just have to find a piece I can refinish to match what I’m doing. Happy Friday!

  3. That is gorgeous! Thanks for the tip about the primer. I would never have known!

  4. I LOVE IT!!!!! I recently did a turquoise one of my own (would love to show you a photo) …. yours is gorgeous!!!

  5. Wanda Morat says:

    You are so inspiring. I’m getting ready to do this to a dresser my now 34 year old son used when he was growing up. I’m going to use it in my craft room. I can only hope it looks as beautiful as your rescued pine dresser, which I absolutely love, love, love!! Thanks, as usual, for sharing your wisdom!!

  6. Donna Lee says:

    Love it and the color, I am hoping to try repainting two pieces of furniture soon

  7. Elisabeth says:

    Totally gorgeous! Just love it! Hope I can match the colour to one we have here in Australia, as I have a chest of drawers just calling out to be shown some love! Thanks Brittany!

  8. This turned out awesome Brittany! I sent my son the link because I think they have a dresser similar to this. I’m not all that familiar with all the new paint stuff out there anymore but I’m thrilled to know of this Valspar antiquing glaze. You would never ever know what this piece once was.

  9. Love It! My kind of color – just what it needed!

  10. Sandy F says:

    Stunning! Thanks for all the tips on how to do this.

  11. A work of art!!!

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