Beautiful Dresser Makeover! [Making the most of FREE furniture!]

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I don’t know about you, but when I see the word “FREE” I’m very tempted. Very. When my husband saw these free dressers online we snagged them up immediately – not quite knowing where they would go yet. We had grand plans for a dresser makeover right away, but pregnancy, sickness and moving delayed our project way too much! Luckily when we moved to Green Acres, it turns out we needed some new dressers for our Master Bedroom! So we finally finished the makeovers and I can’t wait to show you the results!

*Materials for this post were provided by Cricut and Hairpin Leg Shop. This post contains affiliate links. When you buy a product through one of my links, I get a commission at no cost to you! For more information, see my disclosure page.*

The BEST dressers for makeovers are made of wood. We were so lucky finding these guys because they were actually in great shape! Just some scraped paint and ugly legs. Exhibit A…

If you want to do a dresser makeover, here’s everything we used:


Fusion Mineral Paint – Coal Black
(the BEST paint for furniture!)
6″ hairpin legs (4 per dresser)
Cricut Maker
Gold Adhesive Foil
12″ x 24″ Cricut Cutting Mat
Paint Stripper
Clear Matte Polycrylic


Kreg Pocket Jig & scrap wood (only if needed)

Each dresser makeover used the same steps:

  1. We used paint stripper on the drawer fronts, then sanded down any remaining paint.
  2. When the drawer fronts were clean, we used a clear varnish to protect them.
  3. We swapped out the not-so-pretty straight legs for some gorgeous powder coated hairpin legs(<– great source for hairpin legs online!)
  4. Because our dressers didn’t have a thick enough base, we added a piece of scrap wood to the bottoms of our dressers, and used a Pocket Jig to attach the wood, so that our new hairpin legs had a good base.
  5. Once everything was ready, we used the best paint for furniture that I know of – Fusion Mineral Paint – and gave the dressers a fresh coat of black paint.

Here’s how the dressers looked when we were done these steps!

You could halt your makeover there, but I wanted to give the dressers a more modern twist by adding a faux metal inlay to the front. I used my Cricut Maker cutting machine and some adhesive foil to create the look!

How to create a faux metal inlay:

Start by opening THIS CANVAS in the Cricut Design Space. Once it’s open, simply click “make it” to print the long adhesive foil lines.

Make sure to search for “adhesive foil” when selecting your material.

Once the foil is printed, it will easily peel off in strips that you can add as faux metal to your dresser fronts.

Place the foil on at any angle you want. I used an x-acto knife to cut the edge smoothly, and a putty knife to help keep my lines straight at edges, and when my foil lines crossed. When cutting on top of the drawers, just make sure not cut deep, the foil will slice easily with just a light cut.

Once the metal inlay was done on the dressers, I was thrilled with the results! Here’s what the shorter piece looks like after it’s dresser makeover:

And here’s how the tall dresser looks now…

BAH! I’m so happy with the end results! They look beautiful in our new Master Bedroom!
What do you think of the new dressers?

If you LOVE furniture makeovers, you might like this side table makeover too!

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