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Guest blog: DIY Dresser on a Budget with Kennedy with Love

Posted by Ashley Miller on Nov 29, 2021 8:28:40 AM

We partnered with Kennedy With Love to transform an old dresser from Habitat ReStore into a beautiful piece for any home.


Follow Kennedy With Love’s 10 steps to recreate this gorgeous transformation.




Step 1: Remove hardware

Using a screwdriver, remove the dresser hardware.


Step 2: Clean the dresser

To ensure the paint adheres properly to your piece, scrub it clean! Combine a teaspoon of degreaser (dish soap, Tide, Borax, etc.) with water to clean the piece.




Step 3: Remove unwanted appliqués

I love unique detail, and on this piece, I loved the original hardware and I wanted them to be the showpiece. 


Step 4: Fill holes

Using a wood filler, fill any holes or unwanted scratches. 




Step 5: Sand the piece

Sanding is another important step in getting the best paint adhesion. Especially on furniture that is high gloss or has previously been sealed.


I used 120 grit sandpaper for this dresser. 


Step 6: Clean again

Properly cleaning after sanding to remove left over dust and debris is a must before applying paint!




Step 7: Paint

I used my HomeRight Super Finish Max to paint this piece. It’s a dream to use, but a paint brush or roller will also work just fine.


I used House&Canvas Furniture Paint. It is a top-quality, water-based paint that dries to an ultra-matte. This paint is self-levelling and requires no base coat or primer.


The paint is non-toxic, with ultra-low VOCs for safe indoor use or if your kiddos try to help you paint like mine always do!


Step 8: Add legs

Obviously not all DIY’s will require you to bring out the drill and add legs but when I saw this ugly duckling of a dresser at Habitat ReStore, I knew it needed some “WOW” factor. These legs do just that!


The legs were purchased on amazon.ca.


Step 9: Add texture

I used the colours Angora and Underground by House and Canvas as my accent colours to create depth and a faux tweed look.


I used a rough bristle brush and dabbed excess paint on to a paper towel to achieve soft light brush strokes.


I repeated this several times in opposite directions and with both colours until I was satisfied with the effect.


Step 10: Enjoy your piece!

Time to place your new piece in your home and enjoy your hard work!

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Topics: ReStore