Last week I put my bedroom furniture under the knife… like open heart surgery kind of knife.
If you missed my nasty bedroom where I introduced the 90’s pine nightmare you can check it out here. Something HAD to be done, I couldn’t live with the boring lines and the dreadful yellow pine for one minute longer- yuck. I teamed up with Metrie to bring you this tall dresser makeover tutorial that would take my furniture from dreadful to dreamy!
Can you believe all it took was a bit of trim work and paint to bring this furniture piece around!
Let me remind you what it looked like before–>
This dresser makeover was a great project for a first time working with trim; let me show you a few basics.
You will need:
- 1/2″ Metrie Very square panel Mould (CVS2P1PMD) It took 3- 8′ lengths to complete this 5 drawer dresser
3 1/2″ Merite Very Square Casing (CVS2C1PMD) 1- 8′ length
- Mitre Saw (I use 10″ Ryobi Sliding Compound Mitre saw)
- Air Nailer (I use Ryobi 18V cordless Brad Nailer)
- Wood Glue
- Tape Measure
- Nail filler and sandpaper
- Paint (I used PPG Voice of Color Manor Hall Eggshell in Phoenix Fossil PPG1009-5 and Macaroon Cream 551-1)
How to add trim work to dresser drawer fronts
First thing, you’ll want to remove the dresser drawers and insure the piece is in good condition structurally (fixing any problem areas) before you begin adding trim. Measure the drawer fronts from the outer most edges to determine your first cut. I can’t stress enough the measure twice, cut once rule with this project. After you cut one piece for each of the length and width of the drawer front you can then place one piece on top of each other to ensure you are cutting the same each time. I found this method easier than trying to get the tape measure to teeter on the angled cut.
Before cutting, bring the tip of your blade down to see that it is square with the edge of your pencil mark, not on top of it. You want the pencil mark on the side of the trim you want to cut. You can insure your trim pieces are cut exactly the same by putting them back to back. The lines of the trim will not line up if you’re off by even a hair. Accurate cuts are the key to having your drawer fronts line up, cutting trim is definitely not a job you want to rush through.
Now you’re ready to add the trim to the drawer fronts. First line up your pieces to be sure everything is square and will fit together properly. Then glue in place and nail down in each corner. Then you can fill in the nail holes and cracks, allow to dry and sand smooth. Now you’re ready to paint!
Because my furniture piece is pine, I first primed the entire thing with BIN to seal the knots. However if your dresser is another wood, you can give a light sanding and skip the priming. To give my tall dresser a smooth professional finish I used the Home Right Finish Max paint sprayer.
When painting is finished add your hardware to complete your dresser makeover. I chose a Grey Ceramic knob with aged chips from D. Lawless Hardware. I love how bold and visulally heavy they are for this piece. Half way between masculine and feminine.
Viola finished! I just can’t believe how a bit of trim work and paint can take a boring outdated piece and bring it back to life!
Metrie has so many options when it comes to trim. You can even take a Style Quiz if you don’t know what style trim would suit your home and taste best. Then you can use the Room Styler to give different combinations of trim a try before you buy- genius!
I really can’t wait to share what I did with the bed!
What do you think, do you have a piece of furniture that could be easily recreated just by adding some Metire trim?
Disclosure: I partnered with Metrie to create this project, all ideas and opinions are 100% my own.
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