You know, like the phrase, “Real Men Wear Pink.” Sorry, I’m trying to be “punny”. Haha. Okay. Enough, enough. Anyway, remember last week when I began redoing my whole upstairs, and I had this small antique dresser that I really wasn’t digging anymore.

This one.

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Yeah, the chippy paint was a little too chippy, the color was a bit too country wheat, and it was just not working wherever I put it. Well, with a fresh coat of white paint, plus a little color, and a dash of brass, my antique dresser has a whole new look.


Painted Antique Dresser | Inspired by Charm #PrettyinPink

Totally cute, right?

This was definitely a project that was not planned. I just got the idea and went with it. And I have to say it’s looking pretty in pink.

To get the piece ready, I lightly sanded the entire surface and then gave it a coat of white primer. The previous paint had a bit of a sheen to it, so I wanted to make sure the paint would stick. Plus, I wanted to make any chips a little less visible.

Painted Antique Dresser | Inspired by Charm #PrettyinPink

Once everything was primed, I painted.

Painted Antique Dresser | Inspired by Charm #PrettyinPink

The white is actually trim paint. Sherwin Williams Bright White in semi-gloss. The darker pink is Enticing Red (I’m obsessed with this color, by the way.), also from Sherwin Williams. To get the lighter pink color, I just mixed the two together. This saved me from buying another color.

Painted Antique Dresser | Inspired by Charm #PrettyinPink

The brass knobs are from my local hardware store. I was hoping for a bit brighter gold, but these work for now. I may keep my eyes open for something different down the road.

Painted Antique Dresser | Inspired by Charm #PrettyinPink

I’m not 100% sure how this piece is going to function in this room. As I mentioned, it may hold a TV, but I haven’t quite decided. For now, I’ve just dressed it up to look pretty because it is.

Painted Antique Dresser | Inspired by Charm #PrettyinPink

All in all, I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. This was one of those drab- to-fab transformations. What do you think?

Painted Antique Dresser | Inspired by Charm #PrettyinPink

Have you experimented with painting furniture in fun or unique ways? Let me know in the comments.


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  • girlfromwva at

    That looks SO good. I especially love the Enticing Red color!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Omg. I know. It’s my new favorite color.

      xo Michael

    • Jean at

      Just darling, Michael – love it! I also love how you have accessorized it!

  • Carrie at

    Adorable! And I love the idea of mixing the pink and white for the third color. What a great way to get colors that look good together and save a little cash too!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You got it! That’s exactly what I was thinking too.

      xo Michael

  • Amber at

    I wish I had this in my apartment! I love the pink and white; it’s subtle enough my boyfriend might even let it hide in the bedroom! I’m emailing him this tutorial as I type this!

  • Jamie @ Anderson & Grant at

    The pink/red in the dresser go so well with the print that you have on top… is like they were made to be together! You did a nice job of “charming-up” that old dresser that no longer looked like your style!

  • Jen at

    What a great transformation!
    the before now looks just old & tired instead of chippy & warm (which I do love btw) but
    the bright white & those pops of color are so refreshing!
    Love it!

  • Natalie at

    Gorgeous lamp!! Where is it from?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Natalie! It’s from the Nate Berkus Collection at Target.

      xo Michael

  • Alycia at

    I love that you mixed the paint to get the lighter pink! Looks so bright and crisp!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Alycia! And it saves money too! Haha.

      xo Michael

  • Deb @ PaperTurtle at

    I love it, Michael! I have an old dresser that belonged to my Grandma that my husband refinished for me. Actually, he did it for Carrie when she was still living at home. He painted the outside white, and all of the insides of the drawers are painted pink – at Carrie’s request – the same light pink you’ve used on the top drawers. I was a mean mommy and didn’t let her take it when she moved out, though it will be hers again one day, I’m sure.

    My hubby took one of the drawers to a locksmith and was able to get a skeleton key made to fit the locks. So fun to have that little feature, and the locks on the drawers all work great!

  • Courtney O'Dell at

    I love it Michael! This is gorgeous. Our whole house loves pink- my toddler daughter thinks anything pink is hers, but my husband and my son all wear pink and actually don’t mind it around the house. Real men DO paint with pink!!

  • EagleMom at

    Looks fantastic! Very happy that you are taking us on another wonderful decorating adventure. You do inspire! You add modern to the classic. Can’t wait for the next installment.

  • Maralyn Woods at

    What a wonderful transformation! Great job. I love the first picture – I think cats are born knowing how to photo bomb. LOL

  • Silvana at

    You did a great job with that and I think the knobs go well with it too. Love the pinks….it’s such a happy piece of furniture, makes me smile 🙂

  • Angela Boone at

    Wow, that looks great! I am currently shopping for a thrifted dresser to redo for my daughter’s room, but I just can’t find what I want 🙁

  • Laura at

    Wow, I really am loving it. I’m looking for ideas to repaint a dresser. Laura

  • Lauren at

    This is such a great makeover! Love the colors, that dresser has such a great form!

  • Leslie at

    Fantastic. I’m always amazed how paint can transform something. You could spray paint your brass knobs to be more gold or try Rub ‘n Buff to brighten them up. That’s on my “things I’d like to try list.” It’s a very long list.

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  • Debra White at

    Absolutely love it. I have two granddaughters, this would be a great way to add color to their completely white furniture in their room.

  • Jessica H at

    Oh I love love love it! How cute!

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