i bought this dresser at a little antique and gift shop here in denver when i was in college for $150. it's called decade and you should check it out. when i bought it, it had been painted a green which i actually really liked. over the years it has been in a bunch of different locations as i've moved from place to place around denver. most recently, it had been living in our kitchen, serving as extra counter space and cabinets because we were lacking. i had even put copper contact paper on the top to protect it. not it's greatest role. so i decided to give it a little tlc and make it back into a dresser because it has great bones.
thats what it looked like when i started to rip off the contact paper. i then took it outside, sanded it down and pulled off those wooden knobs. they were stuck on with layers of paint so it took a flathead screwdriver, razor blade, and my non-existent muscles to get them free. once prepped i used simple ben zero voc pain in white semi gloss. two coats with light sanding in between. once dry, i added new drawer pulls i picked up on sale at world market for $1.48 each that are the most similar to these. pro tip: when at world market use your explorer card and ask where the sale section is. they have awesome deals. another great place to look for knobs is anthropologie and you can sometimes snag them on sale too.
once finished, i now use it as an actual dresser in my room - crazy i know. i leaned a mirror i already owned on top and it works like a vanity in my super small made for ants room. total the redux cost me $25 and a few hours. i replaced it in the kitchen with a cute butcher block (i'll show you soon). definitely worth the time and money but next time i think i'll go for a lacquer finish.