Trash to Treasure Dresser Makeover

There is something about other people’s trash that I find strangely irresistible. I don’t mean just regular trash; I am referring to the stuff that people illicitly dump at a public dumpster when they are quickly moving out of an apartment, junk left on the side of the road, furniture left in the front of a house that was recently vacated, if there is a pile of someone’s belongings in a place it shouldn’t be, I am intrigued.

What I am primarily interested in is the broken furniture. The stuff that has a damaged top, peeling veneer, broken legs, missing hardware, or generally just sad and left for dead. I am especially keen on Dressers. They are so fun to makeover, and they usually sell very well and quickly. The world can never have enough dressers.

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The other place I love to hunt for trash is Facebook Marketplace. Often, people will post unloved furniture for free. My favorite way of finding free furniture is purchasing a piece to makeover. When the owner learns of my love for Trash to Treasure makeovers, suddenly, they invite me to peruse their pile of stuff they thought they were going to have to haul to the dump. Often, there is a story involved with the sad pieces; they belonged to loved ones long gone and fell into disrepair in the storage shed, the garage, the barn, etc. The owner could not bear to part with the furniture initially, so they stored the pieces, and several years later, the furniture pieces are almost beyond redemption.

I love Trash to Treasure makeovers so much that I even wrote three blog posts all about how to find free furniture; you can find my Complete Guide To Dumpster Diving HERE.

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Facebook Marketplace was how I came into possession of one of my latest Trash to Treasure Dressers. This Dresser, if it could be called that, was in terrible condition. I had gone to buy another piece I found on Marketplace. After chatting with the owners cleaning their parents’ home, they were delighted to learn about my furniture fixer-upper fascination. Suddenly, they were offering all kinds of things that were indeed on their last legs. What I did end up accepting was a lovely vanity and this Dresser. If you want to see more about that vanity, it was one of my favorite makeovers; you can find that HERE.

The bones of the Dresser were still intact, so I knew it would mostly be cosmetic improvements. Once I got home, I couldn’t wait to get started with the makeover. I started with a thorough cleaning, then sanding to smooth out the scars this piece had developed over the years. The wood was not in good condition, so staining it was not an option, but I did manage to redeem the top. If you would like to see the entire video makeover of this piece, you can watch it at my YouTube channel HERE.

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With two coats of DIY Paint combined with Mint Chip and Apothecary, the Dresser was starting to turn around. I finished the top with DIY Paint Dark & Decrepit Patina, an all-natural stain that is so easy to use and can be applied on bare wood or previously stained pieces to bring it back to life.

I sealed the entire piece with DIY Paint 100% Natural Clear Wax to make sure this new gorgeous finish on my Dresser Makeover stayed gorgeous for years to come.

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I have been upcycling furniture and specializing in Trash to Treasure Makeovers for over 15 years. Sometimes, I wonder if the fun of Dumpster Diving and Roadside shopping will start to wane. Then I get in my car to run some errands and suddenly find myself scanning the sides of the roads and taking a quick detour behind buildings to “see” if anything might have been left behind.

Life is full of surprises, and making furniture left for trash into a treasure is one of my favorite ways to surprise myself. You never know what you will find and how amazing something will look once you give it a good makeover.

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Karen Berg

Karen is the kind of person who will talk to anyone in a grocery store line, dance in public to a good song, laugh so hard she cries, doing all of these things on a fairly regular basis. Karen’s nickname in High School was “Good Time Charlie”, (given by her Great Grandma for someone who is the life of the party), she still lives her life this way, always searching for joy and fun wherever she goes. View Karen’s Full Bio

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