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Sonia’s $25 Goodwill dresser is now white!

Last November, I walked into Goodwill and spied this dresser.

Bassett Goodwill dresser

I knew Sonia was needing a dresser, since she no longer shared a room with Zoe, and this one looked easy to sand and paint.

No ornate details, lots of nice, flat surfaces.

Simple designs are so, so much better for rehab projects.

I texted Sonia to get approval, paid the $25, put it into my van, and brought it home.

Goodwill dresser in Sienna minivan

A minivan is quite a furniture-hauling beast, incidentally. Mine has held many a bed, dresser, and side table…and also a sofa!

Since I bought this in November, Sonia has just used it as-is until now. Winter is too cold for painting outside, and I don’t have space indoors to do it.

But once I got finished with Sonia and Zoe’s beds, I decided to ride the painting wave and tackle Sonia’s dresser right away.

Here’s what it looked like before we hauled it outside for sanding.

Goodwill dresser bassett

I sanded everything down with my Bosch orbital sander.

sanded dresser top

Then Sonia and I primed all the surfaces with white Zinnser primer.

primed drawers

Sanded Bassett craftsman dresser

(obviously the top is not primed in the above photo)

I mainly use a tiny roller and small paintbrush for furniture painting.

microfiber roller

After one coat of primer, I gently sanded any rough spots and then did two coats of Benjamin Moore Advance paint, which is the same stuff I used on my kitchen cabinets.

drawers painted with Benjamin Moore Advance

dresser painted with Benjamin Moore Advance paint

After that was all dry, Sonia and I went shopping for hardware.

Unfortunately, the old hardware holes were a really odd size, so I realized we’d have to drill new holes for any other hardware.

Bassett Craftsman drawer pulls

Also, one of the drawer slides needed a repair, so I took the drawers over to my dad’s house.

Bassett drawer slide

Sometimes, you decide you need whiskers. 😉

He fixed the drawer slide for me and made a template for the new drawer holes.  Since we picked a cup-shaped pull, the old holes are hidden very nicely.

bronze cup pull

I had to lie on the floor with my camera in order to take this picture, actually. No one will ever see the old holes.

(By the way, I sold the old pulls for $27!)

To make the drawers slide better, I slid candle wax all over the wooden runners and my goodness, that worked so well.

The drawers slide like a dream now.


Just for review, the original dresser:

Goodwill dresser bassett

And the current dresser:

Bassett tallboy painted white

I really love these bronze cup pulls. They are not at all what I was anticipating we’d choose, but I’m so glad we did!

painted white Bassett dresser with cup pulls

The dresser matches Sonia’s room and her stuff so much better than it did before.

dresser painted with Benjamin Moore advance alkyd paint

Advance cloud white furniture paint

Sonia’s spray-painted tea tin looks super cute on the white dresser, doesn’t it?

Benjamin Moore Cloud White Advance painted dresser

I’m really, really happy with how this dresser turned out.

And the bulk of the work took me only one day; much better than the bed painting!

Bassett mission dresser painted white

And now it’s onto the other painting projects on my bucket list

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Tuesday 4th of May 2021

Beautiful! I've got an old dresser to paint white as well.

What was the colour of the Benjamin paint you used? What was the sheen of the paint - semi-gloss?



Tuesday 4th of May 2021

I use Benjamin Moore Advance paint in Cloud White, satin sheen.

The satin sheen has still been hard and durable to me, without the super glossy finish of the semi-gloss. I prefer to only use semi-gloss sheens when I'm painting molding and other trim; it just makes for such a glossy piece of furniture.

So, I give the satin sheen a big thumbs up. A little shine but not too much.


Wednesday 10th of July 2019

Nice transformation and regeneration of an old piece of furniture!!


Thursday 11th of July 2019

Thank you!

Mar D

Wednesday 10th of July 2019

You must be too Rose! -that was a nice reply back to Kristen!


Wednesday 10th of July 2019

Very nice - I love buying all wood furniture at the thrift store and giving it new life. (: I am sure she will enjoy that dresser for years!


Wednesday 10th of July 2019

That WAS a nice Arts & Crafts / Craftsman / Stickley/ Mission style dresser. Now, not so much.


Wednesday 10th of July 2019

Luckily, there are lots more of these out there! I've seen quite a few pop up on Facebook Marketplace and craigslist.

So, there should be enough to satisfy the painters and also the leave-the-piece-alone-ers among us. We all can have the furniture in our homes that makes us happy.

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