DIY Dresser Makeover

A bedroom dresser with a mirror has an incredible DIY makeover before and after you don’t want to miss! Check out this vintage dresser restoration!

The tiger striped dresser top is water damaged, broken drawer front, and speckled mirror. Otherwise, it is in good condition! I was really excited to bring this vintage bedroom dresser back to life once again.

antique vintage dresser tiger stripe


Since the top of the dresser was damaged, I decided to remove the wood veneer using a putty knife and hammer. It came off fairly easy. Beautiful solid maple wood is revealed! Yes!


When to use wood glue? Simply, move or wiggly the dresser to see how it shifts. This makeover dresser has lot of loose joints so wood glue is used to help tighten those areas including the drawer dovetail joints. The bedroom dresser makeover is going to be amazing!

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The tiger stripe is sanded off. Don’t cringe! I want my dresser design to have a soft natural look to showcase all of the imperfections on the maple wood. What a difference so far! A beautiful antique dresser is emerging!

Using the orbit sander, I started with 60 grit sandpaper first because the tiger stripe coating was thicker in some areas to remove. I switched to 100 grit, 120 grit, and lastly 150 grit. The palm sander is also used to get into the corners.


My hubby fixed the drawer front using part of the original warped wood from the mirror base. It matches better than using new maple wood. He did a great job! You can see the repair but that’s ok with me, besides it adds character to the piece!

Since the antique dresser top is warped, my husband made a new maple mirror base by coping it to get a tighter fit. Thanks honey!


After staining and varnishing, the dresser turned out absolutely beautiful! It definitely was a labor of love on this DIY dresser makeover restoration.

The new drawer knobs and caster wheels have an old vintage look to match the furniture era. A new mirror completed the look.

restored antique vintage dresser with mirror

A new mirror backing was added for a nice touch. It’s the small details that create fabulous furniture makeovers!

Looking for another dresser DIY? Check out my other projects: Dresser Makeover Idea and Repurposed Vanity Dresser

backside of restored vintage dresser

Get creative with your DIY dresser makeover ideas!

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6 thoughts on “DIY Dresser Makeover

  1. This looks amazing! Would you mind sharing the stain color and products you used to finish it with? I’m looking to do the same to one I’m redoing now.

    1. Thank you, I love how this dresser turned out! We use custom stain and lacquer for our projects. You can visit any home improvement or paint store to help you decide on products to use for your project.

    1. Thank you so much! We use custom stain and lacquer for our projects. You can go to any home improvement or paint store can help you decide on products to use.

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