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Refurbished Dresser – How to Flip One

Refurbished Dresser - How to Flip One

I wanted to show you this refurbished dresser that I did. Isn’t flipping furniture the best? It is like the easiest way to get a diy project down and you did not have to do a whole room! 

I love how much a piece of furniture can change by just some love and paint. 

Did you guys know that most DIY instagramers/bloggers started out flipping furniture? 

That’s how I started. About 8 years ago I started flipping furniture and getting confident in a few tools then it turned into flipping houses. 

So if you want to start, start with furniture! 

If you love how this turns out, you should check out a flip I did of a shoe storage dresser here

Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how I did this refurbished dresser.


nail gun
wood glue
legs for your piece of furniture
wood filler

Step 1 - Sand the Dresser

I started sanding with 80 grit sandpaper. 

I have a corded sander that I love and I can hook it right up to my shop vac. 

There was some hidden gorgeous wood under the paint on the top of the dresser. 

Once I got all of the paint and stain off, I used 80 grit sandpaper again, then I went over it with 120 grit sandpaper, and then I went over it with 220 grit sandpaper to make it super smooth. 

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Step 2 - Sand Some More

The rest of the dresser was different wood. 

Because the edges are different, I painted those and kept the top. 

Next, I just did a light sand on the rest of the painted areas. 

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Step 3 - Create Trim for Your Refurbished Dresser

For the drawers, I sanded them down until the paint brush strokes were gone. 

I used 80 grit sandpaper for that, and then I went over them with 120 grit sandpaper. 

At the last second, I decided to add some trim to the drawers as well. 

The trim pieces were laying around so I decided to use them, I cut all the trim 2 inches shorter than the drawer. I am making a mark every once in awhile at an inch so I know where to place the trim. 

Before I nailed the last one in, I made sure the last trim fits. Put one nail into the 3rd piece of trim, check it and nail it in. 

Use 5/8 inch brad nails. 

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Step 4 - Add Legs

***Adding new legs to a piece of furniture always helps with the end piece, especially with refurbished dressers.***

This dresser needed some new legs, the ones that were on it, weren’t stable.

 I tore the existing legs off and sanding the bottom smooth.

After that, I predrilled the hole and made sure it was smaller than the bolt in the new leg. 

Wood glue helps with everything and I used that and screwed it in. 

For more stability, I also added some screws to the leg. 

Remember to always predrill your holes if you don’t want the wood to split. 

Sand them down and fill them with wood filler. 

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Step 5 - Prime and Paint

After sanding and prepping it all, I primed everything (except the top), with zinsser bin ultimate stain blocking primer and then I got to the painting.  

Whenever I paint furniture I use cabinet paint. 

This is my favorite cabinet paint. The color is Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige. 

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Step 6 - Protective Coat

My all time favorite protective coat is General Finishes. They don’t sell it locally and I buy it on Amazon.

 I had Polycrylic at home and I have used it before and still like it. 

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Here is what I started out with . . .


Here is the dresser I ended with . . .

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If you love it, you can pin it

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