DIY Goodwill Dresser Makeover

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

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’m thrilled with the results. 

goodwill dresser before makeover

When we lived in Illinois I found this awesome vintage Ethan Allen dresser at a local Goodwill shop for just $9. Sadly, 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.

dresser prepped for paint

We 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. 

adding legs too goodwill dresser

To get a fresh new look for this diamond-in-the-rough dresser, I chose Behr Premium Plus® Interior Satin Enamel Paint & Primer In One in “Sea Ice”. It’s my new favorite color!

vintage dresser hardware

I love that I was able to completely transform this beat up $9 Goodwill dresser into a beautiful piece of furniture with paint. Not only is it beautiful but it gives us the space we need to store extra clothing. A win-win! If you head over to the Behr website you can see my completed project, here


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  1. Linda
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 6:44 am

    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?

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 9, 2017 / 10:37 am

      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.

  2. Melanie
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 6:57 am

    Great job! I, too, found an Ethan Allen piece similar to this at a garage sale, and I gave it a makeover.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 1:05 am

      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. 🙂

  3. Susan M.
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 7:16 am

    Isn’t it amazing what a bit of time and paint can do? BTW welcome to North Carolina!

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 1:06 am

      It is amazing what a bit of time and paint can do. 😉 Thanks for the welcome, Susan, we are loving North Carolina!

  4. Lou clifton
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 7:36 am

    I never thought of adding legs with this approach. Great idea.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 1:07 am

      Thanks! I’m really loving the legs and the way they changed the look of the dresser.

  5. Linda
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 8:28 am

    Looks wonderful! I like how you raised the chest up just that little bit with the legs.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 1:08 am

      Thanks Linda! The dresser was so low that I knew right away that it needed a pick-me-up. 😉

  6. Monday,January 9, 2017 / 8:50 am

    Wait a minute! I live in Illinois and never find awesome priced pieces of solid furniture 😉 It turned out beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 1:10 am

      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. 😉

  7. Carol Rodenbaugh
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 9:06 am

    I love the color. Looks like a new piece of furniture!

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 1:10 am

      Thanks, I love the color too.

  8. Tracy
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 9:10 am

    Love it. I may use that color in my bedroom. Very nice.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 1:11 am

      Thanks Tracy. I hope you do use it. It’s a beautiful color. 🙂

  9. Rebecca Nelson
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 9:15 am

    I love turning junk pieces into glorious ones. Love the color.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 1:12 am

      Me too, Rebecca! It’s so fun to see what you can do with an old piece of furniture.

  10. Monday,January 9, 2017 / 9:20 am

    This looks beautiful, Kristi! You are always so creative!

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 1:12 am

      Awww, thanks so much, Kim, I appreciate it!

  11. April Rayburn
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 9:47 am


    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 1:12 am

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  12. Nancy H
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 10:20 am

    I love using paint to change things!

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 1:14 am

      I love using paint to change things too, Nancy! My husband would say I love it a little too much. 😉

  13. Debbie H
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 10:26 am

    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.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 9, 2017 / 10:39 am

      Hi Debbie. I guess my picture is deceiving…I used 1 board on each end. Sorry about that.

      Thanks for stopping in. Take care!

  14. Janet
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 10:26 am

    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!

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 1:16 am

      Sounds like you have a two fun projects to do. I’m glad I could give you the extra push to get started, Janet. 🙂

  15. Kayley
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 11:20 am

    Good work! I support reusing products rather than increased consumption.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 1:18 am

      Thanks Kayley! I’d much rather reuse and renew than buy new. It’s a great cause. 🙂

  16. Susan
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 11:40 am

    Love the color and addition of the legs. I have a chest I need to paint so thanks for the ideas.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 1:19 am

      Thanks so much, Susan! I’m glad you were able to pick up a few ideas.

  17. Susan
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    Thank you for the tutorial and inspiration. I have 6 pieces of the Ethan Allen Heirloom and now have an idea of what I want to do with them!

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 1:21 am

      Wow, 6 pieces! Sounds like a lot of fun. 😉 I’m glad you were able to get an idea of what to do with yours. Good luck on your project.

  18. chris aka monkey
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    still looking for a chest this size and i think this color would be perfect xx

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 1:23 am

      It’s a beautiful color. I hope you can find what you’re looking for. 🙂

  19. Monday,January 9, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    Beautiful!! I love the color!

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 1:24 am

      Thanks so much, Allison, I appreciate it!

  20. Constance Colvin
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    I’d love to have the Home Depot card 🙂 Home Depot is my own personal Money pit!

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 6:54 pm

      It’s the same for me Constance. 😉

  21. Monday,January 9, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    Lovely transformation, and sea ice is a lovely color!

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 6:55 pm

      Thanks so much, Trisha. I’ve wanted to use this color for a while and I really love it.

  22. Bianca Munoz
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    Great post! Thank you for the giveaway!

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 6:55 pm

      Thanks so much, Bianca. Good luck!!!

  23. Caz Sultz
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    I love the color you chose ! It’s amazing how paint can change the appearance of a piece so much .

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      Thanks Caz, I love the color too. Paint is a wonderful tool for change, isn’t it? 🙂

  24. Julie
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    What a wonderful makeover!

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 6:57 pm

      Thanks Julie, I appreciate it!

  25. HS
    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 11:32 pm

    I love the idea of giving new life of old, new paint is always a great way to go.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      I agree! It’s really amazing how paint can truly transform an old piece of furniture.

    Monday,January 9, 2017 / 11:44 pm

    Nice job on the make over,,looks really nice.Thanks

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      Thanks so much, I really appreciate it!

  27. Iris
    Tuesday,January 10, 2017 / 12:05 am

    Such a sad looking piece. Now it looks so happy! Love the color.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      It was a sad looking piece, Iris, but I knew that it could look again. Thanks for visiting.

  28. Linda
    Tuesday,January 10, 2017 / 2:03 am

    So many ideas here! Great transformation. Love it!!

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      Thanks so much, Linda, that’s so kind of you to say. 🙂

  29. Stacy
    Tuesday,January 10, 2017 / 5:14 am

    Omgosh. That colour is gorgeous. The dresser looks amazing. Great job!

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 7:01 pm

      Thanks Stacy, I truly love the new color. 🙂

  30. Samantha
    Tuesday,January 10, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    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.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 7:07 pm

      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.

  31. Kaycee F
    Tuesday,January 10, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    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!

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 7:09 pm

      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!

  32. David
    Tuesday,January 10, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    Paint is the cheapest way to transform anything, from something small like a dresser to an entire house.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      I totally agree with you, David, there’s nothing better than using paint. 🙂

  33. Suzanne Douglass
    Tuesday,January 10, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    I have used Behr paint in my home numerous times and have been very pleased. The dresser looks great!

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 7:12 pm

      Thanks Suzanne. I love Behr paint and I’m glad to hear that you have had a great experience with it.

  34. Tuesday,January 10, 2017 / 11:04 pm

    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!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,January 11, 2017 / 4:15 am

      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. 🙂

  35. MaryJean Zajac
    Wednesday,January 11, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    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.


    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      I agree, Behr paint is awesome!!! So nice to hear from you. Hope that you are well.

      Take care, my friend, and thanks for stopping in!

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Thanks so much, Lynne, I appreciate it!

  36. Rebecca Nelson
    Friday,January 13, 2017 / 10:07 am

    Don’t you love what having an eye to see beyond what’s in front of you can do? Nice work on this piece.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 16, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      Thanks Rebecca. My husband thought that I was completely nuts when I found this dresser but I knew that it could fabulous. 🙂

  37. MimiG2002
    Saturday,January 14, 2017 / 10:20 am

    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!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 17, 2017 / 1:26 am

      Thanks Mimi. I love a paint that doesn’t require primer, too. A lot less work. 🙂

  38. Tina
    Saturday,January 14, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    Love the color you used on the dresser. I have been in a rut of always using white when painting furniture and need to try some fun new colors!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 17, 2017 / 1:27 am

      I love the color too, Tina. I almost went with white, I’ve been in the same rut, but I’m so glad I tried something different.

  39. Sunday,January 15, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    Nothing better than fresh paint. It looks beautiful, and the new legs give it a new life!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 17, 2017 / 1:28 am

      Thanks Fabiola! Paint makes everything better. 😉

  40. Monday,January 16, 2017 / 6:04 am

    What a transformation. I love the new drawer pulls you picked out. The legs to raise it sure made a difference.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 17, 2017 / 1:29 am

      Thanks so much, Cathy, I appreciate it.

  41. Monday,January 16, 2017 / 10:43 am

    You did a great job, it turned thank you for sharing!
    If you can, come and join The Really Crafty Link Party
    Have a wonderful week!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 17, 2017 / 1:30 am

      Thanks so much, Teresa!

  42. Ginny
    Monday,January 16, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    Love these kind of projects!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 17, 2017 / 1:31 am

      I love to do these kinds of projects. So glad you like it Ginny! 🙂

  43. Rosie
    Monday,January 16, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    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.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 17, 2017 / 1:33 am

      Thanks Rosie. I love what Behr did for my dresser. If you like it on your walls, I’m sure you’d love it for your furniture.

  44. ivocado
    Monday,January 16, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    What a nice project! Turned out great.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 17, 2017 / 1:34 am

      Thanks, I appreciate it!

  45. Wednesday,January 18, 2017 / 9:19 am

    Visiting from Wonderful Wednesday…where is the final reveal of the dresser? I know it’s going to be pretty! You got that for a great deal.

    • Kristi
      Friday,January 20, 2017 / 3:27 am

      Hi Florence. It’s over on the Behr website. Here’s the link if you want to check it out.

      I hope you entered the $50 Home Depot gift card giveaway. Thanks for stopping in.

  46. Wednesday,January 18, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    Hi Kristi! I love making old dingy things look new again. I really like how you put the legs on. Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It! 🙂

    • Kristi
      Friday,January 20, 2017 / 3:58 am

      Thanks so much, Lori. I love the paint color but I’m thrilled with the way the legs look.

  47. livivua chandler
    Thursday,January 19, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    I have a dressor project that I would like to do also

    • Kristi
      Friday,January 20, 2017 / 4:03 am

      I have another one waiting on a color choice. There always seems to be a dresser project to do, right? Thanks for stopping in.

  48. Karrie
    Saturday,January 21, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    A paint job can go a long way to make your area more prettier

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 24, 2017 / 11:52 pm

      You are so right, Karrie!

  49. Wednesday,January 25, 2017 / 1:27 am

    Nice makeover. Thanks for joining us at the Inspiration Spotlight party.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,January 25, 2017 / 4:38 am

      Thanks so much, Theresa!

  50. Colleen Mason
    Thursday,January 26, 2017 / 9:56 am

    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.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 30, 2017 / 1:10 am

      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. 🙂

  51. Lisa House
    Friday,March 3, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    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!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,March 5, 2017 / 11:36 pm

      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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