A Gold and White Dresser

*I am part of Behr’s DIY Expert team. My favorable opinion of gorgeous, high quality paint is 100% my own. For more information, see my disclosures here.*

There was a phase of my life where I thought it would be really awesome to paint all of the furniture in my house black. Dressers, vanities, headboards, nightstands– nothing was safe from me, my paint brush, and a gallon of really, really dark paint. That phase has since ended, and I’m currently in the process of re-painting everything to make it lighter, brighter, and more my style. (Shoulda just left it alone in the first place… 😉 ) The little desk in my front entry was the first to get a makeover and now serves as the anchor piece in our family command center. This month it was time to take on my old dresser:

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Ick. Did I mention that the black shows every smudge and fingerprint? The black shows every smudge and fingerprint. Not only that, but this piece actually has some pretty neat details, and the black was hiding them rather than showing them off. I have had this dresser for as long as I can remember. It was part of my bedroom set growing up and when I moved out of my parents’ house, it came with me and never went back. (Thanks, mom and dad! 🙂 ) It was time for a change, and I had something a little classy and glamorous in mind.

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I knew I wanted to go lighter, but rather than go with a single color, I thought it would be fun to add some pretty metallic details. So after I wiped down the entire piece with water and a mild soap, I grabbed a can of gold spray paint and covered the base of the dresser as well as the drawer handles.

A Gold and White Dresser | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

Then it was time to bring in my not-so-secret weapon:

A Gold and White Dresser | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Behr’s Marquee line of paint, and for good reason– has the best coverage of any paint I’ve ever used! I knew that their Cameo White would be perfect for this project. The process was actually a pretty simple one. I first used a brush to paint the drawer details and to cut in around the handles. Then I took a mini roller and rolled on the rest of the paint. A couple coats of polyacrylic sealed the deal, and I ended up with…

A Gold and White Dresser | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

A gorgeous gold and white dresser! It almost doesn’t look like the same piece! I’m loving all of the little details.

A Gold and White Dresser | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com
A Gold and White Dresser | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

And don’t forget about my favorite part… the before and after!

A Gold and White Dresser | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

Yippee! I’m always amazed at the difference a little bit of {super duper awesome} paint can make!

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*I am part of Behr’s DIY Expert team. My favorable opinion of gorgeous, high quality paint is 100% my own. For more information, see my disclosures here.*

51 Comments

  1. Heather @ New House New Home says:

    Love this gold and white dresser!! The way you used the gold on the base is very creative. What a great way to add this trend to your home decor.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks, Heather! I am kind of swooning over gold right now! 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  2. Nice! I really like how the gold legs look.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks, Susan! Enjoy your weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  3. So pretty! I love the gold legs 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks, Steph! Enjoy your weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  4. Lindsay Eidahl says:

    I love how this turned out! It looks so good!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks, Lindsay! <3

      ~Abby =)

  5. SO much better than the black!! The white and gold are perfect 🙂 Awesome job, my friend!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you! That means a lot coming from the furniture makeover queen! 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, friend!

      ~Abby =)

  6. Christine Mills says:

    What kind of polyacrylic did you use. When I used it on white painted furniture it looked like it yellowed.

  7. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the gold! GORGEOUS!!!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, friend! <3

      ~Abby =)

  8. umm… hello gorgeous dresser!! Seriously love the shape of this piece the gold and white just make it that much better! Awesome job, friend!!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Chelsea! That means a lot! <3

      ~Abby =)

  9. Selene Galindo says:

    Oh my goodness, Abby!!!! I’m in love with what you did here!! It’s so stylish and chic now! And you know I adore the gold detail 🙂
    I too am in the process of lightening up all our dark brown furniture. It’s a good think we love painting!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Um, seriously. I feel like I am painting 24/7 these days between our walls and our furniture, lol! It’s kinda therapeutic, though! Thanks so much for your sweet comment, friend! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  10. Gold and white is one of my favorite combinations. This is so pretty!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Carmody! It’s one of my favs too! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  11. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says:

    Gasp! This is a truly stunning transformation – – those gold legs are divine! Gotta love Behr paint!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, friend! You are the sweetest!

      ~Abby =)

  12. Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Such a transformation from black to white. And the GOLD!! Don’t even get me started. 😉 I have to admit, I’m also one of those that had a “dark” phase and painted all furniture black. And, also like you, I’m slowly starting to repaint stuff into a lighter prettier color!! Love it, looks so pretty under that mirror!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, friend! You are so sweet! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  13. Krista @the happy housie says:

    It looks gorgeous Abby!! It doesn’t look like the same piece at all. So fresh and light and pretty with the gold accents. Love it!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, Krista! <3 You are the queen of beautiful furniture transformations, so that really means a lot! Have a great night!

      ~Abby =)

  14. Your dresser looks amazing. It’s hard to believe that the black one and the white one are the same piece of furniture.
    ~Bonnie

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Bonnie! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  15. *SWOON* Ok, I am inspired. White and gold. I went through a black period and have enjoyed the look. But this is so much happier, warmer, and this-decade-er. Pinning!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Aw, thanks girl! You are the sweetest! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  16. I definitely went through the DARK furniture phase and now am doing the same thing, everything bright and white! Love the transformation and love that you painted the legs gold, too. Perfect update!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      It’s so funny– I’ve had several people say they did the dark furniture phase too! 🙂 Thanks so much for your sweet comment, friend!

      ~Abby =)

  17. JaneEllen says:

    Wow, what an incredible difference. The gold legs and hardware give this dresser a significant difference, classy, the white gives it clean lines. I love it. Your old dresser must be kicking her heels up and feeling pretty good about herself.
    Happy weekend and Halloween. enjoy tomorrow.

  18. Beautiful. I recently used Behr Marquee for several blue pieces of furniture and it performed so well! So here’s the question, I do lots of white mid century pieces for customers and to seal them, I use wax although I prefer some sort of harder sealer like a water based polyacrylic. But the polyacrylic I’ve used in the past yellows the piece. Have you found that to be a problem for you?

  19. Ursula @ Home Made by Carmona says:

    Love it! Great idea adding the gold in there… who doesn’t love a little metallic?

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Ursula! I’m crushing hard on metallics these days for sure! 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  20. Quite the transformation! It’s amazing how color plays such a part in either hiding or showcasing a piece’s details! Looks brilliant.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Draven! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  21. Yasmina @ Mina and Her Blog says:

    White and gold are my favorite combine! The dresser already looked great , you done great job! LOVE IT!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Mina! I’m loving white and gold together too! 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  22. Jen @ Fresh Crush says:

    LOVE Marquee paint. It’s sooo good. You did a fantastic job — the gold? Perfect. So much more personality!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Agreed with the Marquee paint! My fav! Thanks so much for your sweet words, Jen! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  23. Love the dresser, it’s so crisp and clean. I can’t wait to try it!

  24. Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says:

    This is such a stunning makeover!!! It doesn’t even look like the same piece at all! The gold accents are my favorite! Great job 🙂 XO XO

  25. Kaitie Lawlor says:

    Honestly – one of the best DIY’s i think on your blog! What a transformation. Stunning and I LOVE the mirror above it!

  26. the cape on the corner says:

    i love this 2 toned look. glam!
    b

  27. Beautiful! I love the structure of the dresser, it was a really good “DIY material”. I’m currently finishing the interior of my first real home and I’m searching exactly for the same: no more IKEA stuff, I want to have some pieces with a story attached. I know that this one is a kind of family heritage but where are you usually buying old furniture? In antique stores? On garage sales? I know only the pricey side of antique stores here in Vancouver so I desperately need some help! Please, share some tricks 🙂

  28. Beautiful transformation! With this paint, is a separate coat of primer not necessary?

    1. justagirlabby says:

      The Marquee paint is designed to go cover other paint without having to use a separate primer, so I just scuffed the old paint up a little bit with some sandpaper and painted right over top of it! Hope you’re having a great week, Rachel!

      ~Abby =)

      1. Thank you for the reply, Abby! Very helpful to know.

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