DIY Goodwill Dresser Makeover

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Behr.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Hey there and happy 2017!!! I hope you had a great holiday!

I’m so excited to kick off this new year by partnering with Behr on a project for their Behr Designer Stories series on the website. My project for the series was all about taking a $9 Goodwill dresser from drab to fab in one weekend with Behr paint, and I can’t wait to show you the results (I’m also hosting a giveaway so make sure you enter for your chance to win a $50 Home Depot gift card at the bottom of the post).

When we lived in Illinois I found this awesome vintage Ethan Allen dresser at a local Goodwill shop for just $9. (I may have run to the register with the ticket before someone else got it) Anyway, it sat in our basement for months and eventually made it’s way down to North Carolina with us, with the hopes that I would find the time to give it a makeover. When Behr approached me to do a project for their Designer Stories series, I knew that the old dresser would be the perfect candidate and that it would finally get a much needed facelift.

Taking a Goodwill dresser from drab to fab in one weekend with Behr paint. www.chatfieldcourt.comWe live in a small home, with limited storage options, so the dresser is the perfect piece to makeover so that we could store our extra clothing. It was in fair condition, with a lot of surface scratches and it sat low to the ground, but it was solid (and did I mention cheap!), so all it really needed was a fabulous new paint color and 4 sturdy legs to give it a brand new look.

To start this project, I had to choose a paint color. This piece was going to live in our guest bedroom, so I wanted to choose a light, soft color to really transform  it. Looking over all of the beautiful Behr paint color chips at Home Depot, I quickly narrowed my choices to the soft blue/green tones and chose Behr Premium Plus® Interior Satin Enamel Paint & Primer In One in “Sea Ice”. 

Taking a Goodwill dresser from drab to fab in one weekend with Behr paint in Sea Ice.

As I said, the dresser was in fair shape so I knew that I would need to do some prep before I could begin painting. Before I began the prep though, I needed to attach the 4 new legs.

To start, I turned the dresser upside down to attach the wood pieces, using wood glue and screws, so that I could add the mounting plates for the legs.

Taking a Goodwill dresser from drab to fab in one weekend with Behr paint and a set of new sturdy legs. After the wood was attached, I screwed on the leg mounting plates.

Adding a set of new sturdy legs to an old Goodwill dresser.

Once all 4 plates were attached, the feet were ready to be attached. Before I could do that though, I had to prep and paint them. A quick sanding and 2 coats of the BEHR “Sea Ice” and, once they were dry, I screwed them into the metal plates.

Attaching a set of new wooden legs to an old Goodwill dresser.

Now that the legs were done, and my dresser was standing taller, it was time to prep it for paint.

Prep isn’t the most fun part of a project but it’s definitely an important step. To start the prep of our dresser, I removed the pulls and knobs and took out the drawers.

Prepping an old Goodwill dresser for new Behr paint.

Then I sanded the dresser and drawers. After I finished sanding, I cleaned everything with warm water and a damp cloth, careful to remove all of the dust. Once it was clean and dry, it was on to the next step and fun part of the project…painting! This paint already had primer in it so there was no need to prime first. It’s always a good thing when you can skip a step, right?

Sanding an old Goodwill dresser to get it ready for new Behr paint.

I decided to ditch the brush for a mini roller for this project. I rolled on the first coat of paint and was thrilled with the way it was looking. The paint went on smoothly, covered well and I loved the new color .

The tools used to paint an old Goodwill dresser.

I let the paint dry a few hours and rolled on a second coat. Fortunately, the paint didn’t raise the grain so I didn’t have to sand between coats and I was able to get right back to painting. Once the second coat was finished, I left it to dry overnight.


By the next day, I was able to put the drawers back in the dresser and start the installation of the old knobs and new vintage pulls that I found. The original pulls were in fair condition but I wanted something simple, that was more my style.

Adding new vintage hardware to an old Goodwill dresser.

The new pulls were the same size as the old ones so I didn’t have to drill new holes. They fit perfectly and I love how they look with the beautiful new paint color.

All that was left to do was to add a few pretty touches and it was ready for our extra clothes.

Want to see how the dresser turned out?

Head on over to and check out what a difference a weekend and a new coat of paint can make. I am so happy with the way it turned out, and I love having the extra storage. While you’re there, make sure you check out the page that the nice folks at Behr made just for me, with a few photos of the “fam”. 

Now to the fun part…your chance to win a  $50 Home Depot Gift Card!!! Good luck!

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104 thoughts on “DIY Goodwill Dresser Makeover

  1. Still learning to use chalk paint… Seems that Behr leaves a beautiful finished piece (not discounting your wonderful skills). Did you use a primer paint?

    • Hi Linda! The paint I used, Behr Premium Plus® Interior Satin Enamel Paint & Primer In One, had primer in it so I didn’t need to prime. Yay, one less step. 😉 Thanks for stopping in.

    • Thanks Melanie! I don’t know what it is but there’s just something awesome about taking a piece of furniture you bought inexpensively and transforming it. 🙂

    • Thanks Angie! Ha, your comment made me LOL. I found a few good pieces but we went thrifting a lot, and all over the area. Keep hunting, you’ll find a treasure. 😉

  2. Great idea with the legs. Question, Why two boards to attach? Was it just to add more height? Going over to check out the finished product. I always use Behrs paint for the house. I like the quality finish it gives. Stay warm my friend.

  3. I have TWO chests I need to paint and your beautiful chest has given me the push I need to get started. I love the color but it was adding legs that give it the extra oomph!

  4. What a great redo. I love that you boosted it up on feet, what a great idea. I love Behr paints, they are my goto for redo’s. I painted my kitchen table and chairs in Behr and they have held up wonderfully for the past 5 years.

    • Thanks so much, Samantha. I love that the new feet gave the dresser a different look and I loved using Behr paint. It will definitely be my go-to when I paint again. Glad that you have had a great experience with it.

  5. Wow, what an amazing find for $9!!!! I love the paint color you applied and the hardware is perfect! What a great job, and great giveaway too, thank you for the opportunity!

    • Thanks for your sweet comment, Kaycee. I was giddy with excitement when I saw that the dresser was $9. I haven’t found many deals like that before. I appreciate you stopping in and taking a look at my “new” dresser. Hope you have a great week!

  6. I live in Chicago and have a dresser like this in my daughter’s room that I have been afraid to paint because of all of the work. You make it look easy! Did you have to seal the top with any poly or anything? How long did you need to let the paint cure before you could put stuff back on the top of it? Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Hi Kathy. It really was an easy project. If I’d known how easy, I probably would have done it sooner. I didn’t seal the top of the dresser and I let it cure for about 5 days (maybe a week?) before I added anything on top. Hope that helps. 🙂

  7. I love Behr paint! I use it inside and outside my house. It is is the best! I use it for all kinds of projects, whether it is painting walls or painting furniture.
    Haven’t had the time to comment, lots of things going on. Hope you had a great Christmas and Happy New Year my friend!
    Looking forward to seeing more of your projects in the coming weeks.


  8. Very nice.. I have a small 3 drawer cabinet that I want to redo – thanks for the tutorial for adding some feet to make it look more “now”,
    I love paint that does not require primer. Home Depot has become my home away from home, would love to win this one!

  9. I did come out really cute! I have a dresser to do over. I’ve used Behr paint before for my whole interior walls and would like to try it for furniture.

  10. It looks very nice, and you did a great job. But why do people nowadays insist on painting over old wood? Wood is a natural material, and in many cases these pieces have a beautiful grain that can be enhanced. Even though people love concrete, stone, and other seemingly “natural” materials, they are very quick to obliterate wood. I love wood, and I love the warm look it gives. If this piece did not have a nice grain and good wood, then I understand. But I think it’s a shame to cover up good wood. Just my opinion.

    • Thanks for your comment Colleen. I can’t speak for others but, as far as this dresser goes, I painted it because the wood was in pretty poor shape, as you can see in the before photos, and I love how it turned out after I painted it.

      My opinion on painting a piece of wood furniture is that each individual needs to do what they think is right for their piece. If you bought it, inherited it or even picked it up off a curb, you should do what you feel is best. After all, it has to live in your home so you should love it.

      I appreciate you sharing your opinion Colleen, and thank you for letting me share mine. 🙂

  11. Absolutely gorgeous and done in my favorite color! I think I suggested a similar color for your hallway…just saying that I can’t get enough of this color! 😉 Seriously, I love that you let the color and simplicity of the dresser shine and didn’t stencil or distress it. Are you going to use the color elsewhere in the room?
    Are the drawer pulls on the top drawer(s) difficult to grasp? Thank you for your sharing your home with us!

    • Thanks Lisa, I love the color too. I ended up moving the dresser to the other guest room, which needs a major makeover, so I’m not sure what my plans are. I’d love to use it again though.

      The drawer pulls on the top drawer are not difficult to grasp at all. I kept them because I liked their simplicity and they matched the new pulls on the other drawers.

      Hope you have a great week!

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