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Furniture stores usually leave me with sticker shock. You want how much for that? That’s too much anxiety for me. We searched for a good deal on second-hand furniture instead. My mission was to create my own expensive-looking dresser on the cheap. It’s actually super easy to make a cheap dresser look expensive!
You can find great deals at local thrift shops, flea markets or rummage sales. I didn’t have time for rummaging, but I found this dresser at my local Habitat Restore for $40. While it isn’t solid wood, it was still a good deal. I’m sure you could find a comparable dresser for even less at a local rummage sale.
This dresser wasn’t in the best shape. After removing the hardware, I cleaned, scrubbed and sanitized it. I used an angled sanding block to smooth out some rough edges and lightly sand the finish to prepare it for my gel stain. General Finishes Java Gel Stain is my stain of choice. It is easy to work with and provides a rich color.
I layer a disposable glove and a tube sock on my hand. I just dip my hand into the stain and apply the stain directly from the sock to the dresser. This project required two coats of stain. If you find that it looks streaky after two coats, a third coat will even it out. Allow the stain to dry overnight in between coats, then another overnight before applying General Finishes High Performance Top Coat to seal it.
To bring this cheap dresser into the present day, I purchased new handles and pulls. I love how it turned out! You’d never know this dresser was a honey finish with outdated hardware before we put our own touches on it. We anchored the dresser to the wall with this wall anchor set. It looks great in my son’s room! Where is your favorite place to find cheap furniture?